Vintage musical instruments was started by Mel as an outlet for her collection of classic, rare and unusual instruments, some of these are being offered for sale as without doing so can leave some beautiful examples lost in the memory of a most wonderful era.
Mel's father was a highly capable engineer of 50 years and had a 'can repair anything' attitude, so she is following in his footsteps by avidly learning all aspects of the highest quality woodwind musical instrument repair, she is capable of assisting you with servicing and repairing your cherished instrument, if there is something which is beyond her capabilities she has the assistance of a handful of expert repair technicians whom are of the highest class in the country.
She specialises in the repairing and restoring of vintage woodwind and servicing brass. As such she understands other players needs, she is always happy to assist whether buying, repairing or for general information, she is based in King's Cliffe on the outskirts of the Town of Stamford.
In Mel's spare time she likes to play saxophone & clarinet, though as she would put it as 'try to play' and why she is happier repairing them for the pro players, she has played some blues, gospel and swing in local ensembles from Oundle, Thrapston and surrounding areas.
King's Cliffe East-Northamptonshire lays on the border of Lincolnshire where a Roman road leads to the edge of the village off Ermine Street, this runs directly past the old airfield.
On 3rd October 1944 Glenn Miller and his band gave concert in one of the hangers at King's Cliffe airfield, it was to be their last concert on an American base as Glenn went missing just two months later on his flight to Paris.
King's Cliffe is also under the Oundle Deanery and is home to All Saints and Saint James Saint Church.
Oundle is a very popular tourist town with the British Trombone society visiting in 2012, There is live music every week which covers all genres.
Every year is the Oundle International music festival- if you have not been yet it is an absolute must.