We are a small repair shop, conveniently located in East Cobb county, Georgia. Our customers come to us from all over the Southeast or ship their instruments from all over the United States and even from abroad.
Rich Ita is a trumpet and cornet player and avid collector. He began his apprenticeship as a brass instrument repair technician in 1971 at ATEC Music Service in the suburbs of Washington, DC, collaborating with military band repairmen Conrad Brown, Ed Simmons and Art Accardo. The shop was involved in an effort by the Smithsonian Institute to put together a Civil War period band for recording purposes. It was then that a fascination with 19th century brass making took root.
After a four year stint in the Army as a trumpet player, he accepted a job at the Schilke factory in Chicago, where he worked for several years until Mr. Schilke's death. He then freelanced as a repairman in the Chicago area doing work for Nappe Music House and Evanston Band & Orchestra. Rich gained experience in the re-creation of older instruments in the shop of Ron Collier, making reproductions of natural trumpets and Sacbutts and doing other historical restoration work.
A move in 1990 to the warmer climate of Atlanta brought him to an area starved for experienced repairmen. After six years at the areas largest retail music store, Ken Stanton Music, he opened his own shop - the Brass Instrument Workshop - and suddenly found himself hanging on for dear life and loving every minute of it! Rich would like to sincerely thank all of the wonderfully talented brass musicians who have placed their trust in his skills and have given him the opportunity to do the work he truly loves - making their prized instruments perform and look their best.
"Our goal is that every horn leaves the workshop playing and looking as perfect as possible. We take great pride in our work, and also in the smiling faces of our customers when they receive their instrument. As a trumpet player, I realize how difficult it is to entrust one's horn to just anyone for repairs or modifications. I pledge to you my absolute best effort honed over 30 years as a brass repairman. I will listen carefully, make suggestions, and share the knowledge I have acquired during that time to help you put your instrument in a condition that will enhance it’s performance and make you proud to display it."
- Rich Ita