SPECIALIST PERCUSSION REPAIRS AND SERVICE
On site servicing, tuning and repairs,
Full workshop rebuilds
Drum modifications, hole plugging, shell cutdowns, bearing edges re-cut,
new lacquer or wrap refinishing, detailing and tuning
Marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, tubular bells, glockenspiels bar tuning, custom frames
A collection of instruments we've restored with passion
Rhythm Restorations is Sydney’s only dedicated percussion repair service, providing mobile “on-site” repairs for music educators, performers and retailers, as well as a comprehensive workshop for major repairs and restoration work.
Utilizing specialist tools, materials and skills, drawing on over forty years as a professional musician and craftsman, proprietor Dave Egan – Sydney’s Drum Doctor, is renowned for his outstanding workmanship and attention to detail, ensuring each instrument sounds as good as it looks.
Spanning the entire range of instruments in the percussion family, Rhythm Restorations offers a diverse range of services designed to meet the needs of the music community of Sydney and regional New South Wales. Rhythm Restorations also has many interstate and overseas customers.
From primary schools to symphony orchestras and wherever percussion is played, Rhythm Restorations can fix it. Dave’s motto is: You beat ‘em, I’ll treat ‘em!
Authorised repairer for Adams, Yamaha, Majestic, Ludwig/Musser, Premier, Dixon, C & C Drums, Toca Percussion, Gibraltar.
We have developed our own range of
vibraphone motors/speed controllers
fine tooth timpani ratchets for Dresden style timpani.
DrumDek mobile drum riser
Percussion equipment cart
Plywood covers for timpani
Wheeled platforms for orff bass instruments
Gong stands – single and multi level
Wheels and castors
Vibraphone drive belts
Marimba, xylophone and vibraphone custom frames
Oak glockenspiel cases
Thunder/Cannon 60 inch Orchestral bass drum
Rope tension parade drums/historic marching drums
The mobile workshop van stocks a broad range of spare parts, drumheads, and the necessary tools to allow drum and percussion instruments to be serviced, tuned and repaired on the spot. We recommend that school instruments be serviced every 12 months, in order to keep them working and sounding their best, and achieve the maximum lifespan from each one.
Rhythm Restorations has serviced more timpani in this country than any other repairer. Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia rely on Rhythm Restorations for their timpani repairs and maintenance.
All brands and types of timpani are serviced and repaired mostly on-site, with more extensive repairs and full rebuilds carried out in the workshop.
Tuned percussion instruments such as marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, glockenspiels, tubular bells are accepted for minor repairs through to complete restoration. Orff classroom instruments are serviced with new pins and cords.
A re-tuning service is also available for all keyboard mallet instruments.
Being the most used and abused instrument in a school music department, drum kit repairs make up the bulk of our on-site visits. We can offer advice on the best way to protect your hard working kits, as well as keep them at their best for your important performances.
Classic and vintage restoration work is our specialty, including custom bearing edges, drum shell repairs, re-wrapping, chrome restoration, metal polishing and custom lacquer finishes.
About Dave Egan
Dave Egan has built Rhythm Restorations from an idea in the mid 1990’s, to today, where it is the respected authority on all facets of percussion repair and maintenance. His knowledge and experience is valued by top professional players and senior educators.
~ His own career in music began at age 9 studying drums with respected Sydney drummer John Costa. He turned semi professional at age 14 and took up his musical career full time when he finished school in 1979. He became a busy drummer in the Sydney freelance scene and also spent the next 25 years teaching in various schools, colleges and music shops.
~ Always a keen car enthusiast, Dave enrolled in TAFE as a journeyman panel beater and graduated winning the prize for best student. He went on to work part time in an auto-body repair workshop, dealing in all areas of automotive body repair and re-finishing. More study followed, enrolling in TAFE School of Engineering where he completed 3 years of Fitting and Machining. Over the years he has owned and restored many older cars, currently he has a 1971 Mustang Mach 1 and his wife’s 1966 Rambler Classic.
~ With over 40 years as a professional musician, he has performed in the USA, England, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and has toured Australia many times over. Dave is still one of Sydney’s most respected drummers.
~ His drumming credits include:
> 1980-85 Touring Australia with bands on the rock circuit;
> Over 10 years in professional theatre shows including “CATS”, “Les Miserables”, “Starlight Express”, “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, “Miss Saigon”, “Beauty and The Beast” and “Godspell".
> In 1998 Dave took up a full time position in the Royal Australian Air Force – Air Command Band as the Principal Drumkit player and Percussion section leader. Highlights were the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and a Tour of Duty to East Timor.
> He has also been a member of the well-known party band “Enormous Horns” (1990-92) then 2007 - present.
> In 2007 Dave was appointed Percussion Consultant to Walt Disney Entertainment.
> Dave is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals.
Phil joined the ranks of Rhythm Restorations 2 Years ago and brings a new set of skills and experience. He is our Special Projects guy who has extensive experience in
~ product design,
~ manufacturing processes,
~ electronics and computer systems,
~ database and software development,
~ mechanical and carpentry trades.
Being an excellent violinist, violin maker and conductor, he truly understands the technical and artistic requirements of Rhythm Restorations customers.
Mobile on site servicing - we come to you!
Phone - 0419 449 887
29A Ebenezer Wharf Rd,
Ebenezer NSW 2756
By appointment only.