Posted by Joe S. on January 24, 2000 at 21:48:53:
In Reply to: Music Instrument Repair posted by Andy Smith on January 24, 2000 at 17:56:52:
If you are bright and have a big enough ego to demand the best of yourself, I could sure use someone like you - after you went off to one of the repair schools for at least a couple of years and invested in some intensive training.
Very few repairmen these days can afford to stop making a living to train "apprentices", due to the great demands on their time. Combining that reality with the situation in the United States of far too many parents encouraging their children to get Liberal Arts degrees rather than learning high crafts, there are far fewer good repair people than repair jobs.
Don't be afraid of being a craftsman, rather than being a warm-fuzzy-whatever. So few in this country have highly-skilled services requiring the use of hands to offer to the public, that you would never be wanting for work.
Don't be too surprised when you discover the tuition of the few repair schools is quite high (no marching band scholarships, I guess).