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 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
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.
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.
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
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: 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.