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Tom Llinas is the Master Technician for our fully equipped repair shop. Tom graduated on the Dean’s list from State University of New York, Morrisville in 1985 with a degree in Music Instrument technology. He is trained on all brass, woodwind, and string instruments.
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Tom has been a member of the
National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) since 1985 and has owned successful repair shops in both Orlando, FL and Atlanta, GA. Currently, Great Southern Music is the regional repair shop for the national company Music & Arts Center.
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Meet the techs.
The Great Southern Music repair shop currently has two certified technicians, and one apprentice. Being a Certified instrument repair technician means that a person has attended one of the few colleges that offer this program.
Tom Llinas has an AA degree from State University of New York in Band Instrument Repair Technology. This intensive program dealt with the physics of instrument sound, the chemistry of the metals, lubricants and cleaners used, and the biology of the effect that a player can have on their instrument. He has great knowledge of the different woods and metals used in this field.
With this degree, Tom is Certified in all Brass, Woodwind and String repairs. Tom has been repairing instruments professional for over 30 years, and has continued his education through the National Association of Band Instrument Repair Techs. He has presented several national level clinics on String and Woodwind repair. He also provides a workshop for Music Education majors at several colleges and universities in Florida. As the head technician of the shop, Tom sets a very high standard for all of GSM’s repairs.
Andrew Parker received his certification from Minnesota State College, Redwing campus in 2010. He completed a comprehensive, nine-month study of the repair of woodwind and brasswind instruments.
He studied in a shop devoted to machine tool operation such as lathes, buffers and drill presses. Andrew has been working with Tom in the GSM shop since 2013, and is dedicated to achieving the highest level of repair.
Sean Eccles has been a shop apprentice at GSM since 2012. He has gained skills in woodwind and brass repair. He will attend Minnesota State College in the fall of 2014 to complete the same Certification program as Andrew.
Free estimates are given and Tom will work with emergency repairs as needed. He will also explain your repair in detail so that you understand exactly what you are paying for.
Giving back to the Musical Community:
Tom also often volunteers his time and skills at many of the regional marching band competitions by setting up a repair table and taking care of emergency repairs for free.
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