ABOUT US

Trading since 1989, our workshop is pleased to offer one of Australia’s finest repair services for all Brass and Woodwind instruments.

Ozwinds is now the leader in Australia offering quality Brass and Woodwind instruments and related accessories. However, the business was founded on its workshop.

Based in Melbourne’s South East, we pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and attention to detail. We complete minor repairs to full restorations. The team shares an impressive 60 years of experience in the trade.

We specialise in damage repair, and understand how to move, shape and de-dent metal. Whether it be a saxophone neck, a damaged trumpet or even a non-musical antique – we can repair it to be near-new!

Melbourne Workshop Staff

Aaron Ebert was born into a family of tool makers and musical instrument repairers. Naturally he has been involved in the business for most of his life, but he officially began his apprenticeship in 2012 after completing high-school. He studied Engineering at Monash University but decided to pursue instrument repair as a full-time career after finding a real passion for this work.

He makes and supplies his own high-quality pads, and has a passion for the manufacture of tools and instrument parts. Sought after and known for his repair of brass instruments, he is now the director of the repair department. Aaron continues to expand the workshop In his spare-time he enjoys restoring machinery and spending time in the garden with his girlfriend and two white German shepherds.

Ashley Jackman began full-time woodwind servicing at The Music Place, Melbourne, in 2006. His background in micro-engineering along with a few jewellery skills was the perfect combination for transitioning to woodwind repair. Serving as head technician for a number of years, he joined the Ozwinds repair department in 2014 seeking to broaden his repair skills and pursue further opportunities.

As a technician, he became a favourite with clients both locally and interstate. He has a special interest in the repair of vintage saxophones and high-end flutes. However he is experienced with repairing the full range of brass and woodwind instruments. Ash spends every second weekend restoring and re-building an old period home and enjoys the outdoors.

Brian Ebert commenced his apprenticeship in the early 1970’s under well-renowned Melbourne instrument technician Brian Murphy. Brian established Brass N’ Woodwind Workshop in 1989 and the workshop has grown from strength to strength since. You’ll find Brian on the bench most days, and he also offers his mentorship and a lending hand when the workshop is snowed under.

Patrick Watkins completed his work experience with us in 2015 and showed a keen interest to learn brass instrument repairs. Since then, Pat works part-time in the brass  department in-between the commitments of his Melbourne Science degree and brass band. He has a keen eye for detail and is always developing his skills.

Hannah Ebert began working with us in 2018 – assisting the woodwind repair department with prep work and focusing on clarinets part-time. Hannah studies Science at Melbourne University and is enjoying her time in the workshop.

Brisbane Workshop Staff

Drew Niemeyer first trained and worked at For Winds in 1991 (formerly Berrington Woodwinds and Berrington & Card). He later moved to Blow Woodwind and Brass in 2010 and has since joined forces with the team at Ozwinds in 2017. He has visited various manufacturers in Japan and Europe, has received extended training at the Buffet Factory in Paris, and specializes in small woodwinds. In his down time, you will find Drew renovating houses and continuing to develop Australian-made clarinet barrels.

Tanya Campbell graduated from the UK’s Newark College of Woodwind Making and Repair in 2008 and went on to spend 8 years as the Workshop Manager for Sax & Woodwind in Sydney. She moved to Ozwinds Brisbane when it established its Greenslopes store in 2017. Although Tanya is particularly known for her knowledge and repair of bassoons, she is also making waves in the saxophone and brass community. In Tanya’s free-time, she manages and runs Bassoon Factory and enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats.

 

OUR HISTORY