Client Testimonies

Curtis Palmer provides the attention and detail everyone seeks from an instrument repairman.

He is both a skilled craftsman and a fine musician. Additionally, his patience and dedication to perfection make for a rare combination.

I recommend Curtis for anyone seeking instrument repair or custom work. He is excellent."

   ~ Luis Engelke

Professor of  Trumpet - Towson University
Principal Trumpet - Kennett Symphony Orchestra
Associate Principal Trumpet - Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Music Reviews Editor - International Trumpet Guild Journal
Artist/Clinician - Yamaha Corporation

Todd FulginitiSeacat Music is the only place I take my horns.  Curtis does excellent repair work and is always able to finish the job in time for my next gig. 

Also, Palmer-made trumpets are outstanding instruments.  I've commissioned 2 herald trumpets and both are exceptional."  

   ~ Todd Fulginiti,

Todd Fulginiti Quartet, Bravura Brass, The Dixielanders, D.C. and Company, Holiday Horns, Freelance Trumpeter

Curtis has serviced my horns for almost ten years now.

From un-sticking slides and removing dents, to doing delicate work on high end horns, to overhauling an old horn and making it look brand new, Curtis has been a Godsend.

He is someone who will take the time to talk and explain what he is doing. His prices are very fair. He has an eye for detail and perfection.

I highly recommend Curtis Palmer for anyone looking for instrument repair."

   ~ Rev. Robert Gillelan

Amateur trumpet player of 40 years
Mmember of St. Mary’s Class Brass (quintet) and Retorno (cover band).
Type of playing: liturgical, weddings, dances, shows.
Venues played: Sovereign Stadium, York; Eden Resort, Lancaster; Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., parish functions around the Diocese of Harrisburg 

I have used Seacat Music for my personal instruments as well as my high school wind and brass repairs for the last 8 years.  Their professional service and reliability is exceptional."
   ~ Mark S. Watson

Director of Bands
J. P. McCaskey High School

I have done business with Seacat Music for 16 years.  During that time they have been incredibly dependable and reliable! 

The repairs done by them were done well and in a timely manner. My students have been very happy with the way their instruments come back to them.  The little extras like a polish, dusting, or oil, go a long way! 

In this day and age it is incredible to work with a company that takes pride in their work. 

I send my own instruments to them for repairs as needed. I think that is probably the highest form of confidence in a shop that a music teacher can show."

Thank you for the job well done Seacat!"

   ~ Christy Wanamaker

NBCT: National Board Certified Teacher
Band Director Manheim Central School District
International Teacher

Gene ClarkIt's nice to be able to do business where I know exactly who's going to be working on my instruments. They don't get shipped away or taken to some back room where I can't see what's going on.

I  wouldn't trust just anyone to handle my trumpets, and knowing that Curtis is the one actually doing the work always puts me at ease. I would recommend his services to anyone."

   ~ Gene Clark

Trumpet/Cornet with the Lancaster British Brass Band and New Holland Band

Curtis Palmer has done extensive work on most of my instruments.  Just recently, I was preparing for a solo performance and knew that my piccolo trumpet needed valve work done. I never even considered other local repair services.

I e-mailed Seacat's and Curtis immediately responded back that I could bring my horn in the next day. I waited at his shop for the completion of the repair and had the opportunity to watch him at his craft. Curtis was extremely thorough in his actions, never accepting average results.

It is a real asset having a fellow musician working on your instrument.

As a performer himself, Curtis knows the importance of quality work when it comes to repairs. It's great knowing that we have such a quality craftsman in Lancaster County."

   ~ Doug Albert

Music Dept. Chair - Lampeter-Strasburg School District
Trumpet - Lancaster Brass Quintet
Eb Soprano Cornet - Lancaster British Brass Band

Curtis Palmer has done all the repair and modification work on my trumpets for many years.  In addition to removing normal dings and regular cleanings, he has re-plated valves, put on custom leadpipes, added custom waterkeys, bored out mouthpieces and converted my standard leadpipe trumpet to a reverse configuration. 

His work is excellent and I would highly recommend him for all instrument repair work.”
   ~ Charles Few

Freelance trumpeter, Soloist and Music Educator, Sounds of Brass Quintet

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to Seacat Music for the fine work you have done on my children's instruments.

I cannot imagine how much more difficult my life would be without your wonderful establishment to come to for repairs.

As a busy mom of three sons who play multiple instruments, I don't have time to wait for their trumpets, trombones, saxophones, etc. to be fixed.  I know that I can always count on Seacat Music to do the job quickly and professionally.

I look forward to patronizing your business for many years to come." 

   ~ Tina Eckert

Clarinet Player and Busy Mom

Shawn KreinerI've known Curtis for over 30 years, and he has always defined professionalism and excellence in both his playing and crafting of brass instruments.   I've had great satisfaction in using his "Seacat" instrument repair service, and would recommend him highly!

   ~ Shawn P. Kreiner

Mt. Gretna, PA

Tom ReeseCurtis is my "go to" guy for all of my flute repairs.

He’s always friendly & highly competent plus he has excellent communication skills. All the work he’s done for me has been correct & long lasting.

I highly recommend his work to all wind instrument owners, novice or professional.

   ~ Tom Reese