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MusicMedic.com: Musicians Empowering Musicians.

MusicMedic.com is dedicated to the improvement of the band instrument repair trade through education, improved tools, supplies and techniques. A company founded and run by musicians, MusicMedic.com helps novice repairers, small shops and large production facilities.

MusicMedic.com is proud to be the exclusive distributor of Precision pads and UltiMax Lubricants. MusicMedic.com also created RooPads and SaxGourmet pads.

Novice repair technicians enjoy the articles, online support, low minimum quantities and free shipping at MusicMedic.com. School programs interested in doing some of their own repairs take advantage of MusicMedic.com's low minimum order and free shipping on tools and supplies. Schools that need to have instruments repaired enjoy our fast and thorough student overhauls. Larger repair shops and instrument manufacturers use MusicMedic.com for our attention to detail, large quantity discounts and fast, attentive service. No matter how many instruments you repair or need repaired, MusicMedic.com is your best resource.

MusicMedic.com is a company of musicians and repairers working and playing together. It is our passion for music and for our customers that drives us. We empower musicians every day.

Please look over our site and contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

-The MusicMedic.com Team      

Who's working at MusicMedic.com

Curt Altarac

Curt Altarac is a Saxophonist, teacher, Saxophone Repair Specialist, clinician and the owner of MusicMedic.com. Curt founded MusicMedic.com while teaching public school in Virginia. After teaching middle school, Curt worked toward his masters degree in saxophone performance with Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz. Weeknights he repaired and practiced, leaving time to travel four hours to study saxophone repair every weekend with Steve Goodson. Curt's obvious passion for instrument repair soon became an obsession, and MusicMedic.com flourished.

After Graduating with a Masters degree in Saxophone Performance, Curt continued to improve the tone, response and intonation of many saxophones through innovative custom key work improvements, neck modifications and bore alterations. Curt's repair techniques are unique in that they are born from a players perspective. Long before Curt was repairing saxophones, he was playing them. To the global music community, Curt is famous for his meticulous overhauls and unparalleled tuning and toning work. The repair community knows Curt as a knowledgeable technician, anxious to share ideas and improve his craft. Curt has been invited to give repair clinics at many NAPBIRT conventions, colleges and universities. The greater Wilmington music community knows Curt not only as a world renowned saxophone repair specialist, but also as a classical and jazz saxophonist, performing primarily on Baritone and Bass, throughout the area.

Curt's goal is to improve on each overhaul and take woodwind repair to the next level, completely bridging the gap between musicians and their instruments. Surrounding himself with hard workers and great musicians, Curt and the team at MusicMedic.com are quickly becoming worldwide leaders in woodwind instrument repair.

Credentials: Curt received his Masters degree in Saxophone performance at the University of Southern Mississippi, his Bachelors in Music Education from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and his Asscociates Degree from Onandaga Community College. Curt has studied Saxophone with Harwood Strobeck, Dr. David Abrams, Dr. Laurence Wyman, Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz and Larry Panella. Curt has shared the stage with players such as: Ellis Marsalis, Ken Coon (Rascher Saxophone Quartet), Don Menza and many others.

Curt has offered clinics on various topics ranging from Circular Breathing, Advanced Techniques for Saxophone Overhauls, and Tuning and Toning at: Florida State University, The University of Florida, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, State University of New York College at Fredonia, The University of Southern Mississippi, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, various High Schools including his Alma Mater in Cambridge NY, The US Navy Saxophone Symposium, the Rascher Saxophone workshop, and regional as well as national NAPBIRT Conventions (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians). In 2006 Curt was the winner of the Dick Rusch Memorial Award (to the outstanding clinician) for his clinic on Saxophone Tuning and Toning at the National NAPBIRT convention.

As a teacher and musician Curt is very active with both classical and jazz saxophone. Former students of Curt's are working musicians throughout the US. Focusing on the Baritone and Bass Saxophones, Curt plays in Renegade Classical, a saxophone quartet, a Saxophone trio a 10 piece Jazz Combo, as well as several big bands and works as free lance musician. Curt maintains an active teaching studio at the Wilmington Academy of Music. Curt@MusicMedic.com

Rich Zimmerman

Our customers know Rich as the helpful voice on the phone, willing to track down any tool or part. We know Rich as a hard working manager and a smokin' saxophonist. Around Wilmington and far beyond, Rich is known for his exciting and inspiring solos, stealing the show almost everywhere he plays. When he's not performing, Rich is an active outdoorsman, reader, pool shark and marathon runner.

When Rich came to us, he was working as a Music Teacher in the NYC public school system. Teaching during the day allowed Rich the freedom to perform and offer private instruction on Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet in the evenings. In New York, Rich also worked as a woodwind and brass instrument repair technician specializing in Flute and Clarinet repair.

Keeping an eye on the growing company, MusicMedic.com, Rich waited until the time was right and made the decision to move south and join our team. Of course we jumped at the opportunity to bring Rich to the company. Since day one, Rich has been an irreplaceable member of our team. We are happy to have such a fine saxophonist, strong personality, and hard worker in the shop. If you call and need a hand, you will quickly appreciate how Richard's hard work and knowledge help us reach our ultimate goal of empowering musicians.

Credentials: Credentials: Richard Zimmerman earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education at SUNY Fredonia. Rich has studied saxophone, flute, clarinet or improvisation with: Dr. Roger Eckers (Rochester, NY), Dr. Lawrence Wyman (SUNY Fredonia), Dr. Wildy Zumwalt (SUNY Fredonia), Tony Franco (SUNY Fredonia), Jose Encarnacion (Eastman School of Music), Clay Jenkins (Eastman School of Music).

Rich has shared the performance stage with, Bruce Johnstone (Maynard Ferguson Big Band), Don Menza (Buddy Rich Big Band), Mike Bomwell, Persus Vehar, Kenneth Coon, The Rascher Saxophone Quartet, John Davis (University of Colorado), Eastman School of Music Jazz Ensemble, Tom Davis, Abram Wilson, John Faddis, Wes Anderson (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer Big Band) Alex Hamlin (JerseyBand), Stephen R. Anderson (UNC Chapel Hill), Frank Bongiorno, Bobby Russel, Jerald Shynett (UNC Wilmington), Wally West, Howard Lamb (Memphis Jazz Orchestra), The Harry James Orchestra, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and bassist Steve Bailey. Rich has premiered the works of, Elliot Delborgo, Jeff Tyzik, Kenji Bunch, Tom Davis, Jeff Simmons and Walter Hartley.

Upon moving to Wilmington NC, Rich quickly established himself as a solid soloist, doubler, reader, improviser and studio musician who now performs with a variety of groups throughout southeastern North Carolina and South Carolina. These include The Wilmington Big Band, Charlie Lee's Swing Time Band, The Tony Torre Orchestra, The Cape Fear Jazz Orchestra, The Jeff Simmons Jazz Orchestra, Andrew Thielen's Big Band, The RootSoul Project, The Casserole, Renegade Classical, David Pray, Aqua Viva, Stardust, The Opera House Theatre Company, The Alabama Theatre, The Carolina Opry, The Doug Irving Trio and with Jazz combos throughout the area.


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