Damaged Horn Before Repair
Conveniently located at 207 East 4th Avenue in Garnett, KS, we service a full range of musical instruments. Your instrument will be serviced and repaired by technician (and owner) Mark Powls. Mr. Powls holds a Bachelor of Music Ed with an emphasis in percussion and french horn and a Master of Music in Theory & Composition from Pittsburg State University. His first exposure to instrument repair was from area technician, Jim Holman (retired). Mr. Powls was also mentored by Dr. Gene Vollen while attending P.S.U. on piano tuning. We offer instrument pick up, or call today (785) 448-7721 to schedule a drop off for your instrument at 207 E. 4th Ave., Garnett, KS.
If you have previously had a repair account with Reid's Instrument Repair Shop please consider calling on MP Vantage Solutions, LLC for your repairs.
"As a customer of MP Vantage Solutions, LLC, you can also call on me to clinic your band or do ensemble work with your students as requested for a very small fee to help me with travel costs. I am here for you, not only as a musical instrument repair technician but a piano tuner, sound reinforcement technician, ensemble clinician, and a friend when needed." - Mark Powls
As a professional music teacher working in Kansas public schools, Mr. Powls saw a need for quality instrument repair. Not always content with the repair work his students got, he convinced friend, and trombone player, Reid Miller, to start his own instrument repair service so he could focus on teaching, not on fixing school instruments. However, upon Reid's retirement in 2012, Mr. Powls has been repairing musical instruments for various people throughout the Anderson County area to fill the void he left. In addition to teaching in Kansas public schools, Mr. Powls has owned and operated a construction/remodel service in Garnett. Since leaving the public schools in 2001, Mr. Powls has taught music classes in area private schools, operated a recording studio and produced CDs for "Tara Glades & the 7th Hour Jazz Combo", three CDs for song-writer Frank Rardon, and professional mandolin/flamenco guitarist /composer, Steve Mullins. He has maintained private music students, helped area bands prepare for music festival, and tutored individual students in preparation for solo and small ensemble Regional and State Music Festivals. Mark Powls retired from the Kansas Army National Guard as a SFC after 22 years of service, serving as a radar mechanic with the 127th Field Artillery, Ottawa, KS 1979-1983 and 35th Infantry Division Band, Olathe, KS 1989-2007. Mr. Powls entered the band as a percussionist but managed to fill instrumental vacancies on percussion, 2nd & 3rd clarinet, and french horn in addition to performing with the band as their jazz bassist and drummer for the big band and small combo throughout his military service. His professional service outside the military includes conducting pit orchestra for Pittsburg Community Theatre, writing and arranging music, and working with choirs, bands and jazz bands throughout his teaching service in the public school.
Mr. Powls' years of experience plays an important role in his technical knowledge of music and the unique characteristics of each musical instrument he works on. Care is taken to bring each instrument up to the best possible playing condition as if it were his own instrument.
"I'm a happier person if you are satisfied with the quality of service I provide." - Mark Powls
Adjustments and Regulations - Making the necessary adjustments to insure that pads are seating as required, securing screws, and lubricating key mechanisms as needed.
Chemical Clean - Remove all slides, pistons or rotors, felts, cork, bathe all metallic parts, dip instrument into chemical solution to remove grime or oxidation, and disinfect the instrument. Replace felts, corks, (strings for french horn), valve guides, and springs as needed. Lubricate slides, pistons, rotors, and other moving parts where necessary.
Cleaning - The same as "Chemical Clean" but without the Chemical Cleaning stage.
Play Condition - Doing the work necessary to bring an instrument up to "playing condition" and no more.
Overhaul - Includes a complete repad, dent removal, cleaning, lubrication and in some cases relaquer keys.
Repad - To replace all the pads (and corks if needed), clean and polish the instrument if necessary, making adjustments, and regulating keys as needed for best playing condition.
Soldering - Reattaching pieces of the instrument that are bent, broken, or detached from the body.
Call us today to schedule repair or maintenance for your musical instrument(785) 448-7721
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