Testimonials

Here's what they're saying about Buddy's Brass Shop!

"Buddy has worked on my Bach & Schilke trumpets; as well as other students and pro horns with the up most care and respect for the instruments he works on. Highly recommended."

- Doug Mendocha
Private Teacher & Performer


"During the past 40 years I can count on one hand the number of professional brass repair technicians I've entrusted my own horns to: 1 in NYC, 1 in New Mexico (formerly in L.A.), 1 in Virginia and, 1 in Boston. And then, there's Long Island's very own, Buddy Merriam. Don't forget to add Buddy Merriam to your list! Buddy embodies everything you look for in a professional repair technician: years of experience, master skills, meticulous attention to detail, fair prices and, above all else: he's one heck of a nice guy! P.S. He's an incredibly awesome mandolin player, too! Buddy is just amazing!”


                                                                                                                      - Thomas Gellert
                                                                                                      Music Educator & performer

As a professional horn player and the owner of many high quality and expensive french horns, I have found Buddy's Brass to be invaluable for the maintenance and repair of these fine instruments. Buddy has been so accommodating and professional to work with plus very exacting in his repairs. I have sent all my students to him through the years and have never heard anything but complements from everyone.  I feel fortunate to have a repairman of his quality in Suffolk County. "On time, reasonable & friendly. Buddy's Brass Shop is always a winner."

                                               - Nancy Bennett
Music Educator, Private teacher & Performer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Buddy,
Thank you very much for cleaning my horn.  The pictures you supplied are an amazing way to show my students both how clean it is now, and how important it is to have your horn cleaned regularly.  All your workmanship looks great and feels better than ever.  I will definitely be returning again in the future as well as sending my students to you for their horns!
                                                                                                                                          - Dan Krueger
                                                                                                                        Walt Whitman High School
                                                                                                                            Marching Band, Director

"Thanks for getting my horns back in shape so quickly. You're the best!"

- Mike Carubia
Ward Melville High School-Performer

"Superior workmanship & an excellent craftsman."

- Bruce Engel
St. Anthony's High School, SUNY@ Stony Brook

I'm sorry I waited so long to write to you about the great job you did on my Bach. Besides looking and working better than ever, it plays noticeably better since your Ultrasound cleaning. It plays easier and the response is way better than it was before. Some of my friends who played noticed the difference too. Thanks again Buddy.

- George Berardinelli
                                                                                                              

I wanted to just write and thank  you for the work you did on my three horns.  My horns feel better than  when I bought them and even my old Bach seems to have a little sparkle to it that it never had.  Your attention to details on the all fronts is completely appreciated.  After playing since 1988 and never having good  slides or valves, I just thought my equipment was never as good as the other  players.  They just had a secret; they had there stuff cleaned and  overhauled once in a while where as I had no clue.  Anyway, thanks again  for making my babies healthy.  Job very well done.

"NYC Trumpet Titan Mike Rubenstein"

Thank you Buddy for your master brass craftsmanship!

I had my leadpipe changed today on my main Bach trumpet. I also had the opportunity to watch the high level of detail that Buddy puts into his work. The actual change of the leadpipe only took 15 minutes. Buddy's detail to polishing was quite a bit longer. No matter how busy he was, time was not an issue. Restoring the heated parts to a factory luster is an art that we are lucky to have right here on Long Island.

Even if it's a simple cleaning or stuck slide I highly recommend having Buddy service your instruments.

Thanks,

                                                                                                                       - Kevin Cordone


"After bringing in my jazz horn and taking into account the difference after Buddy was finished, I brought this horn in to get the ultra sonic cleaning and got the same excellent results. There were things that I could do on my own and there were things that I couldn't, but Buddy did, and I saw the difference. He services your horn with care and detail leaving you the impression of the integrity he has in his work. Great person to go to!

                                                                                                                  - Vernon Gatewood
                                                                                                               Retired Music Teacher
                                                                                                                 Free Lance Musician

Very Very pleased with the cleaning of my horn today! The cleanest Lead Pipe i have ever seen. Utrasonic cleaning is amazing no chemicals. Cant risk it on my Miyashiro Yamaha! I will definitely be back again and send more people your way!!!! 

Thank you Buddy!  

                                                                                                                       - Kevin McKeon

"Buddy is the best brass repairman on Long Island and the only one I recommend."

- Craig Lindsay
Lindsay Music

"Highest quality, competitive prices, is personal and accommodating and a pleasure to work with."

- David Minelli
Shoreham-Wading River High School

"I had considered selling my trumpet but whatever you did has made it sound better than ever!"

- Brad DeMilo
Farmingdale High School

"A trusted repairman. I recommend his work to everyone."

- Tim Hogan
South Country Schools

"On time, reasonable & friendly. Buddy's Brass Shop is always a winner."

- John Weavers
Copaigue High School Band,
NYS Champions 2002

Thank you very much for everything! My Bach Strad came out fantastic! The ultrasonic cleaning system is safe, and did a fabulous job cleaning out my horn for the upcoming year! Pleasure to do business with you always, and you are my first recommendation to all the brass players out there!
Sincerely,

- Paul Mercieca
                                                                                                                                            

Buddy,

"This is the third year with ultrasonic cleaning from Buddy's Brass, and my horn plays better than new each and every time.  Thank you for your care and attention to detail.  You have a customer for life."


- Scott Kubik