Meet Jake. He wants you to rinse your mouthWednesday, August 21, 2013 by: Donna Hopper
Jake Rendell, owner of Algoma Instrument Repair, is the only game in town when it comes to brass and woodwind instrument repair, including saxophones, trumpets, clarinets, and flutes.
He's also the Sault's only retail option for used brass and woodwind instruments.
"New instruments can be very expensive," Rendell told SooToday.com. "I stock used instruments to make it a little more affordable, fix them up and ensure they're playable."
In addition to used instruments and repair, Algoma Instrument Repair is also a local dealer of Conn-Selmer accessories, providing reeds, mouthpieces, mutes, oils and greases.
As a musician, Rendell doesn't perform using the instruments he specializes in repairing, but has an intimate working knowledge of their form and function.
His favourite is the saxophone.
"They're very popular in a variety of music genres, and they're just fantastical weird mechanical things. They're a blast to work on."
Through his connections as a local music teacher, Rendell has been afforded the opportunity to repair instruments from a number of area high schools, including Korah Collegiate, Superior Heights, White Pines and Hornpayne High School.
“I’d like to help improve the play quality of the instruments found in high schools in the Algoma District," he stated in a recent news release. "If a student is learning on an instrument that has not been maintained, it can be difficult for them to perform as hoped and they may decide to quit.”
As a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) and a Certified Band Instrument Service Provider for Yamaha brass and woodwind instruments, Rendell advises that a clean mouth is the easiest way to keep your instrument out of the repair shop.
"When you play with pop or food residue in your mouth, it gets in and rots the horn," he cautioned. "It will eat away at the brass from the inside out. The horn may look great from the outside, but [the residue is] actually breaking it down. Rinsing your mouth with water will help prevent this from happening."
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Rendell graduated with honours after studying under NAPBIRT’s Master Clinician, John Huth, in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Prior to this, he received a B.A. in music from Algoma University and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University.
Located inside Case's Music (636 Queen Street East), Rendell will formally introduce Algoma Instrument Repair to the public as he celebrates his grand opening on Saturday, August 24 during the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association's Queenstown Square 1 Block Party.
From noon until 4 p.m., Queen Street between East and Brock will be closed to traffic as visitors enjoy live entertainment, free food and refreshments, kids games and activities, local artisan vendors, and downtown merchant sidewalk sales.
Those interested in learning more about Algoma Instrument Repair are encouraged to attend.
Rendell and can be reached by phone at 705-975-1229, by email at email@example.com, or visit Algoma Instrument Repair online here.
A news release issued by Case's Music regarding the Queenstown Square 1 Block Party follows.
Case’s Music would like to invite you and your family to a Square 1 Block party in celebration of our one year anniversary on Queen Street!
Saturday August 24, 2013, from 12 until 4 p.m., Square 1 (East Street to Brock Street) will be closed to traffic and the fun will begin!
Come on down for some free food, live entertainment, free face painting, games for kids, tons of prizes and so much more!
There will be a pop up patio hosted by Loplops serving some refreshing adult beverages, sidewalk sales by all of the Square 1 merchants, the Bushplane Museum will be on-site, as well as some of our favorite Sault Ste. Marie vendors, including Roolz Vending serving up some delicious cotton candy, McKenna Event Services painting faces for free, Northern Twisted Art.
We are also excited to announce the grand opening of Algoma Instrument Repair (inside Case's Music) which will take place at our Block Party!
Owner Jacob Rendell will be giving tours of his shop, so make sure to stop in and see how he has transformed the lower level of Case's Music.
We hope to see you and your family Saturday, August 24 from 12 to 4 p.m. on Queen Street in Square 1!