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Joe Sellmansberger is the kind of guy who could walk around a scrapyard for a few minutes, pick up a couple pieces of metal, and within minutes fabricate an instrument that will look like it came from the Guggenheim and play like it belongs in the CSO.

OK, so I am exaggerating just a bit, BUT
Mid-South does top quality work with a quick turnaround, they are honest, and they won't rip you off. From basic repairs to econo-overhauls to museum quality work, they can do it all. They have catered to everyone from local schools to world famous musicians on tour.

(As to the first part, if you ever see any of horns the owner has built or rebuilt, you will know I am not stretching the truth very much.)

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Joe Sellmansberger is the kind of guy who could walk around a scrapyard for a few minutes, pick up a couple pieces of metal, and within minutes fabricate an instrument that will look like it came from the Guggenheim and play like it belongs in the CSO.

OK, so I am exaggerating just a bit, BUT
Mid-South does top quality work with a quick turnaround, they are honest, and they won't rip you off. From basic repairs to econo-overhauls to museum quality work, they can do it all. They have catered to everyone from local schools to world famous musicians on tour.

(As to the first part, if you ever see any of horns the owner has built or rebuilt, you will know I am not stretching the truth very much.)

Pros: Very high standards, fast, honest, affordable

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I am very pleased to write this review for Joe and Debbie of Mid-South Music in Wilmington, TN. I am a retired band director, tuba instructor and performer. I first met Joe and Debbie when I was the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Mississippi, and have done a good bit of business with them over the last 15 years. I am also the father of four young brass players, (two tubas, one French horn and one trumpet), one of whom is a budding young professional musician.

Sometimes my transactions with Mid South music included the purchase of school band instruments. Joe has often recommended certain brands of which I have been completely unfamiliar. One example back in 2002 was of a Weirl Euphonium which turned out to be a better musical choice for my band students AND it was also much cheaper in price than the better-known Japanese brand I originally had planned to purchase. While I was at Hattiesburg High School here in Mississippi I purchased a Selmer Contra Alto Clarinet that Debbie had overhauled. It was in better adjustment than any new bass clarinet of any brand that I have ever seen or touched. Recently Joe sold me a used professional tuba for my oldest son. It is simply the best tuba I have ever played.

Joe has also done lots of repair work to some of my personal instruments over the last few years. Recently he modified my vintage York Eb tuba and added a 5th rotor which greatly improved the quality of the instrument. I am also familiar with a couple of the tubas that he has redesigned and completely overhauled. After seeing his work up close, it is clear that he is a master craftsman.

Joe and Debbie are very honest, fair and knowledgeable. They are willing to go the extra mile for their customers in order to solve the equipment needs for the teacher, student and professional. The quality of their service is exemplary and it is for this reason that I give them my highest recommendation.

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I am very pleased to write this review for Joe and Debbie of Mid-South Music in Wilmington, TN. I am a retired band director, tuba instructor and performer. I first met Joe and Debbie when I was the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Mississippi, and have done a good bit of business with them over the last 15 years. I am also the father of four young brass players, (two tubas, one French horn and one trumpet), one of whom is a budding young professional musician.

Sometimes my transactions with Mid South music included the purchase of school band instruments. Joe has often recommended certain brands of which I have been completely unfamiliar. One example back in 2002 was of a Weirl Euphonium which turned out to be a better musical choice for my band students AND it was also much cheaper in price than the better-known Japanese brand I originally had planned to purchase. While I was at Hattiesburg High School here in Mississippi I purchased a Selmer Contra Alto Clarinet that Debbie had overhauled. It was in better adjustment than any new bass clarinet of any brand that I have ever seen or touched. Recently Joe sold me a used professional tuba for my oldest son. It is simply the best tuba I have ever played.

Joe has also done lots of repair work to some of my personal instruments over the last few years. Recently he modified my vintage York Eb tuba and added a 5th rotor which greatly improved the quality of the instrument. I am also familiar with a couple of the tubas that he has redesigned and completely overhauled. After seeing his work up close, it is clear that he is a master craftsman.

Joe and Debbie are very honest, fair and knowledgeable. They are willing to go the extra mile for their customers in order to solve the equipment needs for the teacher, student and professional. The quality of their service is exemplary and it is for this reason that I give them my highest recommendation.

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I used this company when I was Director of Bands for Crossland High School and now I am University Director of bands. Doing business with this company was a great experience for me. They were polite, considerate and very helpful. I purchased several refurbished tubas from them and to this day eight years later they are still in great working condition.

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I used this company when I was Director of Bands for Crossland High School and now I am University Director of bands. Doing business with this company was a great experience for me. They were polite, considerate and very helpful. I purchased several refurbished tubas from them and to this day eight years later they are still in great working condition.

Pros: Good service and pleasant to speak with.

Cons: N/A

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I play in the Dallas Symphony and have had excellent repair done to my tubas at Mid-South Music. What I admire the most about Joe is that he has an analytical mind that will find the best choice for me both ergonomically and economically. Joe and Debbi are the model of an honest businesspeople who you can trust, which is the result of there reputation nationwide. Highly recommended for your band instrument sales and repair.

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I play in the Dallas Symphony and have had excellent repair done to my tubas at Mid-South Music. What I admire the most about Joe is that he has an analytical mind that will find the best choice for me both ergonomically and economically. Joe and Debbi are the model of an honest businesspeople who you can trust, which is the result of there reputation nationwide. Highly recommended for your band instrument sales and repair.

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I bought a tuba from Joe to use in college. I got it for a great price. I also have bought many instruments from him for my middle and high schools. I was able to get high quality professional band instruments for my students with a low budget. I wouldn't trust anyone else more than Mid-South Music with my repairs. Thank you Joe and Debbie!

-Jared Ross, Director of Bands
White Plains High School
Anniston, Alabama

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I bought a tuba from Joe to use in college. I got it for a great price. I also have bought many instruments from him for my middle and high schools. I was able to get high quality professional band instruments for my students with a low budget. I wouldn't trust anyone else more than Mid-South Music with my repairs. Thank you Joe and Debbie!

-Jared Ross, Director of Bands
White Plains High School
Anniston, Alabama

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Joe and I met in tuba contexts on the web, where we both act as the serious elderlies.

Joe is my US retailer for items not available in my country. I also bought a Conn 28K sousaphone from him, and ordered one of his custom mouthpieces to come, when the next batch is finished.

Joe is a fine repairman, but what makes him real great is, that he also is a musician himself. He knows what things are about for players at all levels.

Klaus, retired teacher in Denmark

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Joe and I met in tuba contexts on the web, where we both act as the serious elderlies.

Joe is my US retailer for items not available in my country. I also bought a Conn 28K sousaphone from him, and ordered one of his custom mouthpieces to come, when the next batch is finished.

Joe is a fine repairman, but what makes him real great is, that he also is a musician himself. He knows what things are about for players at all levels.

Klaus, retired teacher in Denmark

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Turning a pro quality brass instrument over to a repairman requires utmost confidence. Not only do Mid-South Music Sales & Service perform expert repairs, they also excel at customizing instruments to meet special needs. The place in the Mid-South to have your instrument repair work done.

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Turning a pro quality brass instrument over to a repairman requires utmost confidence. Not only do Mid-South Music Sales & Service perform expert repairs, they also excel at customizing instruments to meet special needs. The place in the Mid-South to have your instrument repair work done.

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I was the band director at Harding Academy, a local private school in Memphis for 31 years. During that time I did thousands of dollars worth of business with Mid-South Music. I found the owners, Joe and Debbie, to be honest, hardworking people who provided reasonably priced, high quality products and repair. If you want that old tuba to look and play like brand new; or that clarinet to speak easily; or whatever you need. This is the place to go. I can recommend them to you without hesitation! --- Barry Lumpkin

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I was the band director at Harding Academy, a local private school in Memphis for 31 years. During that time I did thousands of dollars worth of business with Mid-South Music. I found the owners, Joe and Debbie, to be honest, hardworking people who provided reasonably priced, high quality products and repair. If you want that old tuba to look and play like brand new; or that clarinet to speak easily; or whatever you need. This is the place to go. I can recommend them to you without hesitation! --- Barry Lumpkin

Pros: High quality repairs and reasonable prices.

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If you need repairs to your instrument- brass, woodwind, percussion, string or custom options or a new instrument or great advice on instruments, you need to give these people a call. I was a band director for 9 years and they never let me down. Joe even made a 4 valve convertible euphonium for me- now that is awesome! I have known them and done business with them since 1993 and I highly recommend them. 5 Stars- Bigtime.

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If you need repairs to your instrument- brass, woodwind, percussion, string or custom options or a new instrument or great advice on instruments, you need to give these people a call. I was a band director for 9 years and they never let me down. Joe even made a 4 valve convertible euphonium for me- now that is awesome! I have known them and done business with them since 1993 and I highly recommend them. 5 Stars- Bigtime.

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I am a band director at a Memphis area independent school and have known Joe and Debbie (the owners) for quite some time. They may not remember this but my first instrument purchase was with them when I was in Junior High School in the late 80's. At the time, they had a store on Summer Ave. in Memphis and offered the best prices and service in the city for instruments, accessories, and repairs. From the minute you walked into their store, you were treated like a friend and it was obvious that they had a genuine concern for helping you. Since their move to Fayette county, I will admit to trying other repair shops in town because they were a little closer; but I eventually went back to Mid-South music because of their unparalleled professionalism, speedy service, and excellent workmanship. Their shop is about 1/2 hour outside of town but it is worth the drive if you want your repairs done right, finished quickly, and at a price that is more than fair. I trust them with my own personal instruments as well as those of my students. Give them a try as well, you won't regret it!

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I am a band director at a Memphis area independent school and have known Joe and Debbie (the owners) for quite some time. They may not remember this but my first instrument purchase was with them when I was in Junior High School in the late 80's. At the time, they had a store on Summer Ave. in Memphis and offered the best prices and service in the city for instruments, accessories, and repairs. From the minute you walked into their store, you were treated like a friend and it was obvious that they had a genuine concern for helping you. Since their move to Fayette county, I will admit to trying other repair shops in town because they were a little closer; but I eventually went back to Mid-South music because of their unparalleled professionalism, speedy service, and excellent workmanship. Their shop is about 1/2 hour outside of town but it is worth the drive if you want your repairs done right, finished quickly, and at a price that is more than fair. I trust them with my own personal instruments as well as those of my students. Give them a try as well, you won't regret it!

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Although we did not purchase our daughter?s instrument from Mid-South Music, we needed last minute repairs. The instrument was repaired while we waited and we were charged a fair price. The technical acumen was evident and the shop was equipped with everything needed to perform the repairs needed. I will be recommending Mid-South Music in the future. Besides the repairs, we bought reeds and many other accessories from the store on site. Thank you Mid-South Music, you made our day!

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Although we did not purchase our daughter?s instrument from Mid-South Music, we needed last minute repairs. The instrument was repaired while we waited and we were charged a fair price. The technical acumen was evident and the shop was equipped with everything needed to perform the repairs needed. I will be recommending Mid-South Music in the future. Besides the repairs, we bought reeds and many other accessories from the store on site. Thank you Mid-South Music, you made our day!

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Mid-South has established a high-quality reputation nation-wide among musicians. The owner is qualified to perform exacting repairs on rare instruments, and solid and affordable repairs on budget instruments. In addition, the owner's integrity is superior, and I would trust him with any work at any budget. He is one of the few in the business about whom I can make this unreserved recommendation: Tell him your budget and then to use his judgment. He will discuss the options and work with you to determine how to use the budget most effectively. For bringing older instruments to good playing condition within a reasonable budget, there is no-one better in the business, anywhere. Recommended highly. I had Mid-South peform playability repairs and modifications to a rare Holton tuba, and the result exceeded my (high) expectations. The slides are perfect, the valves are perfect, and the finish work maintained sensitivity to the history of the instrument. All that fit within a budget that would have been a serious limitation for most other high-end repair shops.

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Mid-South has established a high-quality reputation nation-wide among musicians. The owner is qualified to perform exacting repairs on rare instruments, and solid and affordable repairs on budget instruments. In addition, the owner's integrity is superior, and I would trust him with any work at any budget. He is one of the few in the business about whom I can make this unreserved recommendation: Tell him your budget and then to use his judgment. He will discuss the options and work with you to determine how to use the budget most effectively. For bringing older instruments to good playing condition within a reasonable budget, there is no-one better in the business, anywhere. Recommended highly. I had Mid-South peform playability repairs and modifications to a rare Holton tuba, and the result exceeded my (high) expectations. The slides are perfect, the valves are perfect, and the finish work maintained sensitivity to the history of the instrument. All that fit within a budget that would have been a serious limitation for most other high-end repair shops.

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I recently had my B&S-made rotary Bflat tuba restored by Mid-South Music. Their abilities and capabilities are, simply put, unsurpassed in the field of brass and woodwind sales, restoration, and repair. Besides designing and installing new valve linkage that is absolutely silent, dents in hard-to-reach areas of the instrument were quickly removed that I had previously assumed would require a lot of heavy expense and unsoldering.

A town with a name like "Williston" sounds like its way out in the sticks somewhere, but actually they're less than an hour from the Memphis International Airport. I've bought other instruments from Mid-South Music in the past. Not only do they accept the major credit cards, but they offer easy financing through a nationwide lending institution that features 90 days same as cash.

For student musicians' parents who are looking for brand new instruments, Mid-South Music has done a really great job of seeking out and offering really high-quality instruments - sometimes with not-particularly high-profile brand names - that are incredibly good quality and incredibly great values. Of course, no one can beat their prices on fully-restored used name-brand student instruments.

Most of the upscale suburban band programs in the Memphis area seem to purchase new or restored tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums, harmony clarinets, tenor/baritone saxophones, bassoons, and even percussion instruments from Mid-South Music - as well as using Mid-South Music to maintain all of their school-owned instruments.

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I recently had my B&S-made rotary Bflat tuba restored by Mid-South Music. Their abilities and capabilities are, simply put, unsurpassed in the field of brass and woodwind sales, restoration, and repair. Besides designing and installing new valve linkage that is absolutely silent, dents in hard-to-reach areas of the instrument were quickly removed that I had previously assumed would require a lot of heavy expense and unsoldering.

A town with a name like "Williston" sounds like its way out in the sticks somewhere, but actually they're less than an hour from the Memphis International Airport. I've bought other instruments from Mid-South Music in the past. Not only do they accept the major credit cards, but they offer easy financing through a nationwide lending institution that features 90 days same as cash.

For student musicians' parents who are looking for brand new instruments, Mid-South Music has done a really great job of seeking out and offering really high-quality instruments - sometimes with not-particularly high-profile brand names - that are incredibly good quality and incredibly great values. Of course, no one can beat their prices on fully-restored used name-brand student instruments.

Most of the upscale suburban band programs in the Memphis area seem to purchase new or restored tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums, harmony clarinets, tenor/baritone saxophones, bassoons, and even percussion instruments from Mid-South Music - as well as using Mid-South Music to maintain all of their school-owned instruments.

Pros: THE best service!

Cons: no hot sales girls.......

 

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