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Testimonials

“Brian has worked on my instruments for several years and his work is of the highest quality. I know I can always trust him to diagnose the problem quickly and get my instruments working to their highest potential so that I can do my job. He is a true artist!"

Russ deLuna
English Horn, San Francisco Symphony

"Brian Seaton is a master oboe and english horn repairperson. The work
Brian has performed on every one of my instruments over the years, i.e. tuning, crack repair, mechanical, pad adjustment and replacement as well as 'general upkeep', has always been consistent and is always of the very highest quality.  

His 'touch' leaves my instruments feeling extremely easy to play, leaving me free to focus on the music making and not the typical idiosyncrasies of the instrument.  I highly recommend Brian's services to oboists of all stripes.  Thanks Brian and congratulations on the
new website!"

Brian James
2nd Oboe/English Horn, Symphony Nova Scotia

"I highly recommend Brian's work to all of my students and colleagues.  The results of his repair and maintenance work are superb, and always surpass my expectations. Every time he works on my oboe, I fell like I have a brand new instrument.  In addition, he always does repairs by the date promised, and I trust him implicitly with my instruments."

Celeste Johnson,
Assistant Professor of Oboe, Oklahoma State University

"Brian Seaton is a world-class repairman. He has done very beautiful work
for my students and me for years and he has my greatest respect and thanks."

Dr. Eric Ohlsson,
Charles O. Delaney Professor of Oboe, Florida State University

“Brian Seaton has done much work for me in the past. His ability to achieve such high standards on different makes of oboes is most impressive. He once got 3 minutes of suction of the top joint of my Yamaha! He is definitely a Master Repairman. "

James Mason
Principal Oboe, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Canada)
Yamaha Artist

"The work was exceptional in every regard, each pad fitted with painstaking precisiion and minute detail. When Brian was finished, the seal was perfect and the mechanism beautifully regulated. The oboe has never played better. He has honed his skills with the experts, and now commands technical savvy on a par with any of this generation's master repairmen."

Michael Shawn Welk
Co-Principal Oboe, "President's Own"
U.S. Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra

"After using many other oboe repairmen, Brian Seaton is the only one that I now use to do all my repair work. His work is simply the best. When I send my instrument to him, I know that it will come back in prime form. Since Brian is a fine oboist himself, unlike many repairmen who only play well enough to test adjustments, there is never a need to explain what a good oboe 'feels like.' We all know that quality performances can only be achieved with the aid of quality equipment. Money should be no object. That being said, Brian still somehow remains competitively priced and a real pleasure to work with."

Jim Sullivan
Principal Oboe, Alabama Symphony Orchestra

"In the thirty years I have been visiting oboe repair shops I have found Brian Seaton to be one of the most intuitive and efficient technicians in the business."

Sherie Aguirre
Principal Oboe, Virginia Symphony Orchestra

"Clearly one of the most insightful and capable repairman in the country."

George J. Corbett
English Horn & Oboe, Virginia Symphony

"Brian Seaton is truly a fantastic and gifted technician. My oboes always play beautifully after he has worked on them."

Kelly Odell
Principal Oboe Augusta Symphony, Augusta Opera, Savannah Sinfoneitta, Adjunct instructor Augusta State University

"Since Brian has been working on my instruments, I have gained such a magnified understanding of not only the repair process, but also how the instruments should function and feel. His willingness to share his expertise has allowed me to become not only a better performer, but a better teacher as well. I am a customer for life."

Shelly Meggison
Assistant Professor of Oboe, University of Alabama

"I�ve known Brian since he was a teenager, and he has always had an enthusiasm for the oboe and getting things right. He has become a master oboe technician who can get an oboe working from the ground up by first getting the mechanism tight and then and only then getting each and every pad seated and sealed.

After he worked on my English horn before I had to perform �The Swan of Tuonela� - I have never had an instrument seal and respond so beautifully. Congratulations Brian, and keep up the great work for the oboe community."

Mark Christianson
Solo English Horn and Oboe, U.S. Marine Band, Washington D.C.
Former Solo English Horn, Associate Principal Oboe, Hong Kong Philharmonic

"I�ve known Brian since he was a teenager, and he has always had an enthusiasm for the oboe and getting things right. He has become a master oboe technician who can get an oboe working from the ground up by first getting the mechanism tight and then and only then getting each and every pad seated and sealed.

After he worked on my English horn before I had to perform �The Swan of Tuonela� - I have never had an instrument seal and respond so beautifully. Congratulations Brian, and keep up the great work for the oboe community."

Mark Christianson
Solo English Horn and Oboe, U.S. Marine Band, Washington D.C.
Former Solo English Horn, Associate Principal Oboe, Hong Kong Philharmonic

I�ve known Brian since his early days as a repairman, and I remember thinking back then � what a talent! Now as a Master Repairman, his work is brilliant. He worked on my oboe recently � some tuning and pad work. The oboe feels like a different instrument. The response and scale are incredible. In fact, it has been many years since I�ve had such a fine instrument. I look forward to every visit to Brian�s shop, not only because I know I will be thrilled with my instruments, but also because he is such a delightful person to work with. He is very considerate of his customers and I believe he works on each instrument to perfection, as if it was his own. Thank you, Brian!

Carole Libelo
Assistant Principal Oboe/ English Horn
The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Instructor of Oboe, The George Washington University