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Melissa started playing sax some six years ago and learned alongside a retired semi-pro trumpet player, She has played in local ensembles playing blues, gospel & swing and even done the odd spot of busking in local town centres Kettering & Corby, but she would say her playing ability leaves a lot to be desired and would sooner leave it to the professionals.

 So she decided to become a technician and now repairs woodwind and services the odd brasswind occasionally. She specialises in vintage as such understands the players needs, especially those that prefer to play vintage, having said this she finds the modern instruments so much easier to repair with no missing keywork or seized rods on saxes that have been in damp basements for the last 70 years, if there is anything beyond her capabilities she has the use of the two amazing technicians of 35 years each in the industry that have trained her at hand. She is proud to have learned old school methods.


Her website is dedicated to the sales of classic, unusual and rare musical instruments many of which are from a wonderful era where some of our most talented players made some unforgettable music of yesteryear, so rather than them being hidden away forever and discarded she likes to do her bit to keep them in circulation.








Location



Melissa's workshop is based in Kings Cliffe on the outskirts of the town of Stamford and easily accessible from the A47 / A1M, this is merely 20 minutes from Corby or Peterborough.






A Little insight to the area as it is bursting with life:

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.

The 56th Fighter group at Kings Cliffe- no sound:

   


Drone footage of the airfield as it is today.


  


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.

Stamford brass is nearby too, here they are under the boardwalk



And some amazing young talent here, Oundle School Jazz Orchestra




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