Being a musician has been and continues to be invaluable in understanding what issues brass players face and how to solve them. Brass Repair is a lot more than nice looking dent work and clean soldering technique. Understanding what actions contribute to ideal instrument response has been a lifelong quest. My customers, whether student or professional, receive the same high level of service. With an appointment, I can often process your instrument on the same day. All procedures are carried out on the premises by me. I utilize state of the art ultrasonic cleaning equipment, high resolution fiber-optic video inspection as well as hammer-less dent removal tooling.
“I’ve convinced myself that Ron must place slides inside a flaming pentagram and chant over them after bathing them in a cauldron’s mixture of weasel blood, wombat claws, newt eyes and coral snake tongues. There’s no other way slides could leave his shop in such beautiful, nearly frictionless condition. If you’ve had Ron work on your slide, you know what I mean; if you haven’t, you owe it to yourself to enjoy the discovery of just how good your slide can function. I’ve found that a “post-Partch” slide is so smooth that I almost forget it’s there. Ron elevates the craft of instrument maintenance and repair to an art form and is, hands down, the best I’ve ever encountered (and a great hang if you like low brass talk – and who doesn’t?).”Jim Pugh, New York studio great,Professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
“Ron Partch is the only person on the planet I will let near my horn.”Gord Wolfe, Principal trombone,Toronto Symphony
“What I look for in my equipment setups is balance…Ron has been invaluable in helping me find these in things in my instruments”Michael Fedyshyn, Principal trumpet, Hamilton Philharmonic
“Ron Partch is the ‘Trombone Whisperer’. Without fail, a visit to Partch Brasswind results in a better-playing instrument. I can be confident that my horn is in peak condition when Ron is finished, and this confidence is reflected in my performance at work. If you haven’t let Ron review your instrument for instrument tension and proper pressure, I highly recommend you do so!”Jeff Dee, bass trombone, Buffalo Philharmonic
“When it comes to being in tune with the art and the science of brass instruments, there are few on the level of Ron Partch. Beneath an unassuming exterior lies a sensitive and highly skilled craftsman who understands not just the mechanics of the instrument but the interaction between player and horn. He’s a rare breed indeed.”Chase Sanborn, Brass Tactics
“Yamaha has been privileged to have a wonderful association with Ron Partch for over 30 years.Ron is without question the most gifted brass instrument repair person in Canada and one of the finest in the world.His work is impeccable and his musical background greatly assists his ability to perform custom work for some of the best brass players on the planet.”Geoff Houghton, Winds Product Manager, Yamaha Canada Music
“We are SO fortunate to have Ron Partch in town to care for our horns. He waves his magic around and poof! Everything just gets fixed to perfection. I love going to his shop to commune and watch him work like the true craftsman he is ! Thanks Ron for choosing Toronto but I’d travel a long way for you!”Joan Watson, Principal Horn – Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, True North Brass
“Ron has been repairing my horns for the last 25 years & he is the best brass craftsman in the country. When my Miyashiro trumpet fell 4 feet onto a hard tile floor it was a mangled mess. Ron restored it to it’s original condition in no time. Thanks Ron.”Dave Dunlop, Lead trumpet, Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass, Toronto freelancer
“Ron Partch? — ….good choice…. For over 30 years, Ron has lovingly taken care of all of my tubas and cimbasso and, yes, he’s the great-nephew of the brilliant American new music composer/philosopher/instrument designer; Harry Partch!!!”
“I have known Ron Partch since 1999 and during that time no one else has worked on my instruments. Ron is always willing to do custom work regardless of how long it takes to get it done. His commitment to getting things right is what makes him one of the best brass repair men in north America. I’m not sure what I’d do without him!”Andrew McCandless, principal trumpet- Toronto Symphony
“Ron has been working on my instruments for over 20 years now. He does beautiful work and his knowledge is second to none. He is the only one that I would trust my horns to.”Colin Traquair, trombone- National Arts Centre Orchestra- Ottawa
“I have yet to find a brass repairman who understands the subtleties not only of each type of instrument, but of each manufacturer. Ron has a unique talent and his work is a testimonial to this. I wouldn’t bring any of my horns to anyone else, especially for valve work- his knowledge, craftsmanship and overall commitment to excellence is second to none. He is definitely the choice of the professionals here in Toronto.”Brian O'Kane, freelance trumpet, faculty Humber College, Toronto
“We in Toronto are so fortunate to have our very own ‘Horn Whisperer.’ My horns always come back feeling so much better after they’ve spent some time at Ron’s shop.”Chris Gongos, Associate Principal Horn, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Who’s Ron Partch?
Shortly after moving to Toronto in 1980 I became busy as both a Bass Trombone / Tuba player and as a repairperson. I juggled being the bass trombonist in the Hamilton Philharmonic with being a regular sub in both the Toronto Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras. I also was a regular sub for almost all of the musical theatre shows that ran in Toronto from 1980 through the 90’s.
There was a desperate need in the greater Toronto area for a competent brass repair technician when I first moved to town. I was actually alarmed at how fast I established myself as the go to guy. Over the years, word spread to other areas about my work and now I have customers (professional and amateur) from every region of Canada as well as the northeastern United States.