Today’s interview is with our brass specialist, Tom “Solid” Gould. Tom handles all of our custom brass modification and repair. Even though Tom handles our brass work, he is actually a very accomplished saxophone player.
Andy: Introduce yourself. What is your main instrument and what kind of music do you like to play?
Tom: My main instrument is tenor sax and I play a 1961 Selmer Mark VI. I mainly play blues, R&B, and jazz.
Andy: What was your earliest memory of music and what was your first instrument?
Tom: I came from a pretty musical family. My dad used to play 4 string banjo and we’d have sing-a-longs around the kitchen table. My mom was a professional singer back in Veitnam.
Andy: What do you do at Massullo Music?
Tom: I am a brass repair specialist here. I handle all brass instruments from piccolo trumpets to Bb tubas!
Andy: How did you first get involved in the repair business and what drew you here?
Tom: I got my first start in the business doing sales at another music store, but my real interest was always repairs. I loved to watch Bob MacDonald and Sandro working on my horns. I first started at Massullo Music doing sales, but when the opportunity came to learn repair work from Sandro I jumped right on it starting from just learning how to clean instruments.
Andy: What is your favourite part of being a musician / repair technician?
Tom: The best part of being a musician is the camaraderie between musicians.
Andy: What is your least favourite thing to do at work?
Tom: I love it all! But if I had to choose, case repair.
Andy: What is your most favourite thing to do at work?
Tom: I love the challenge of doing custom work. Right now I am working on converting a fixed-bell French horn to a detachable-bell. Any time cutting is involved I am super careful!
Andy: Who is the funniest guy at work?
Andy: Who is the most serious guy at work?
Andy: Who brings in the most disgusting instruments, sax players or brass players?
Andy: What are three words of advice that would you give to someone wanting to be an instrument repair technician?
Tom: 1. Be good at problem solving. 2. Be good with your hands. 3. Love what you do. 4. I know that was more than 3 words.
Thanks to Tom & Jerry for being such a good sports the last two weeks. Check us out again next week for our final interview with guess who!