Hi all, I’m Gabriel Vatavu. My career as a musician started more than 30 years ago, as a classically trained clarinet player. Ten years into my musical journey I started studying saxophones as well. I focused not only on learning how to play them, but also on every technical aspect of the saxophone (Repairs, mouthpieces, reeds, set-ups) I started taking a serious interest in repairing in 1998.
Since 2003, I worked as an instrument technician at Forwinds and from 2007 at Allan’s and Billy Hyde Music. I started off as a woodwind specialist and in 2008 I specialized in brass repairs as well, with the reputable Jim Berringer from Melbourne. Gabriel Vatavu Brass & Woodwind Repairs was formed in 2011.
Repairing instruments is so much more than a job to me. I love bringing an artist’s vehicle of expression back to its full potential. The experience I draw from being a saxophone and clarinet player, as well as a mouthpiece maker enables me to a deeper understanding of the instrument. I love offering the young musician as well as the experienced professional the best of their instrument.
I’m happy to announce that in 2015 Daniel Braben has joined me in the workshop. He recently returned to repairing in Brisbane after a second two year stint in Germany where he worked for the Werner Fischer Company, mostly overhauling professional flutes for orchestras around Germany and Europe including the Berliner Philharmoniker. Daniel’s attention to detail means that all instruments he works on leave the workshop performing to their full potential.
With both of us having 20 years experience in instrument repairing, we are sure to set a new benchmark in workmanship quality.