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Advisory capacityWorkshopsOptimizationThe TeamVSB History

Advisory capacity


We believe advisory capacity is of utmost importance in our trade. Meeting your requirements is a task we want to achieve and therefore will take the time to listen to you at length. If you are a beginner, we will guide your first steps but also follow your musical evolution and advise you in the choice of a higher end instrument. Our selection and stock of instruments have been established accordingly for excellence amongst passionate amateurs as well as accomplished professionals who have found what they sought in our trove. We will take the time and give you our willingness to allow you to try our range of instruments to help you to find the model that will give you entire satisfaction.

Our rationale is based on the selection and implementation of the best available brands available on the market. We have a permanent stock of instruments in all price ranges, from the most affordable (that we select very carefully) to the most prestigious rare birds. Whether it is a woodwind, a brasswind or a guitar, each model is very strictly controlled by our staff, each of whom is a musician, passionate like you !

We have the weakness to esteem the most outstanding instruments. Our selection in the high-end has given us a large customer base of professionals and amateurs who have found their gem in our store. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with models that truly meet your needs, tailored to your budget and make sure that your choice will fulfill your expectations in the long term.

Workshops


Our workshops are our second mainspring. Six craftsmen pool their talents in order to ensure maintenance, repair and modifications of your instruments in three different workshops.

• The woodwind instrument workshop: for keyed instruments (flutes, clarinets, saxophones, oboes, bassoons etc.). You will benefit from our staff’s experience and know how, from a simple adjustment on a study instrument to the complete restoration of a professional one. This expertise has assured the loyalty of numerous clients, conservatories, bands, and music schools in both Switzerland and France and in particular that of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and international soloists.

• The brass instrument workshop: we have built special tools for dent removal on sax horns of all sizes (from piccolo trumpets to bass tubas). In the expert hands of our craftsmen these specialized tools will erase the traces of the most vigorous use your instrument has been submitted to over the years. We also have the necessary facilities for the elimination of oxide accumulated inside tubing, which ensures the long life of your valuable investment in addition to regular maintenance.

• The stringed instrument workshop: whether it be a routine service or a full re-varnishing, the skilled hands of our luthier will restore perfect tone to your acoustic or electric guitar. His atelier stocks twenty types of fret wire, all re-fretting can be done according to the original manufacturer’s standards or according to your personal wishes. Our services are not only limited to the guitar however: basses, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, aouds (Middle East traditional luths) and zithers are among other instruments that we regularly handle.

Optimization


Optimization is our third mainspring. We have designed and registered the trademarks of products highly sought after by professionals throughout the world. This custom production is part of a register of skills that we feel privileged to offer you. Many professionals benefit from those bespoke achievements we have undertaken exclusively for them.

Furthermore, our craftsmen have acquired recognized expertise in ergonomics applied to musical instruments. They may simply contribute to a better guitar neck set-up or string height adjustment, but also improve your velocity and dexterity by customizing a woodwind instrument key work to suit it to your own morphology. Our luthier can also increase the aesthetic beauty of your guitar by adding mother of pearl inlays to accommodate your most creative visions.

Finally yet importantly, we can assist musicians with a distinct morphology, such as very small or injured hands. Our craftsmen have often been approached to solve such problems for their recognized in depth knowledge of ergonomics and skills to extend keys accordingly.

The Team


• René Hagmann : After an apprenticeship as a precision engineer (1965-1969) and a job as a toolmaker in a jewelry workshop, René Hagmann joined his father Otto in 1972. The owner of Servette Music since 1979, Mr. Hagman’s task is to manage the repair and manufacturing workshops, undertake technical developments and innovations as well as participate in sales activities which he carries out in close collaboration with his colleagues. On the lookout for any new market trends, René Hagmann is above all a passionate craftsman and a classical jazz enthusiast who masters several instruments. In addition to the repair and modification of instruments his passion has guided him over the years to develop diverse work methods. His natural curiosity and perfectionism led him to design many innovations, especially on brass instruments and clarinets. His inventions have resulted in the building of many innovative products and accessories which are sought after by professionals and distributed worldwide. They have also resulted in the granting of many patents. Finally, his steadfast commitment led him to form several apprentices in Servette-Music and ensure a role as a federal expert and master trainer of students in the 3rd and 4th year of their apprenticeship. Trained at l’Ondine Genevoise after studying trombone, René Hagmann is passionate about the Golden Era of jazz and plays trombone, trumpet, saxophone and clarinet. He lends his talent to various jazz bands, composes and arranges musical scores. He also has played in a number of brass bands and is fluent in French, German and Swiss German in addition to his good command of English.

• Yves Imer : has been the dedicated partner in charge of the commercial side of operations since 1978. He has depth of knowledge and years of experience in all of the different sectors of the store. Although the guitar is his main instrument, he also masters all aspects of brass and wind instruments necessary to advise clients. His general knowledge of the world of music and harmonic arrangements allows him to offer excellent advice for the purchase of any type of instrument: from beginners to knowledgeable professionals. Mr. Imer is reputed not only for his general musical culture but more specifically his knowledge of the history of both acoustic and electric guitars. He offers 40 years of experience and expertise of the sonority of different woods, bracing systems, guitar models and shapes and all brand names. He is fluent in French and English and also has a good command of German. As co-director of the company, he has played a key role in its commercial development by introducing exclusive and prestigious brands of instruments which have attracted the interest of a growing customer base.

• Sergio Barbieri : joined our company in 2000. He is passionate about his field of experience as a studio guitarist, arranger and plays in several local groups. His favourite domain is naturally all matters relating to stringed instruments including amplification, effects pedals, programming and electronics. He is appreciated for the customized pedal boards he creates for our clientele (using state of the art materials) including well known professionals. He is knowledgeable in different musical domains and is fluent in French and Italian as well as possessing a good working knowledge of English.

• Didier Imesch : After training as a repairer of woodwind and brass instruments in our company from 1981 to 1985, he received his Federal certificate of capacity (the only one delivered in the canton of Geneva!). His activities consist in the repair and restoration of saxophones, flutes, clarinets, historical instruments. His work is characterized by meticulousness and an exacting standard of excellence. His expertise also lends strength to the brass workshop; a task he undertakes with joy. He has built a very good reputation in his areas of expertise. His life as a musician began at l’Ondine Genevoise where he studied trombone. He has played this instrument in the MusiqueMunicipale de la Ville de Genève for many years.

• Patrick Elle : After several apprenticeships in France and Switzerland in the field of precision engineering, design-engineering and micro mechanics, Patrick Elle was hired as assistant in the finishing of the oboes in the prestigious Selmer Company in Paris (1977-1981). Whilst becoming familiar with the Parisian musical world, he then became responsible of the wood instrument repairs division of l’Olifant, Paris (1982-1988). He joined Servette-Music in 1988 as an expert repairer of wind instruments with a rare level of skills which include a perfect knowledge of double-reed instruments. In addition to his specialty, he also repairs and restores clarinets, flutes and saxophones. Patrick Elle plays saxophone in harmony bands and plays many wind instruments.

• Emeric Beaujouan : Young luthier with already years of experience, Emeric Beaujouan ensures all jobs of stringed instruments at Servette-Music since 2015. After an apprenticeship of 4 years with French master luthier Frank Cheval, he opens his own shop in 2006. Still working with his apprenticeship master, he starts building his own creations in classical, folk and bass guitar fields. He ensures also all repairs and restorations for a number of French distributors for brands like Martin, Gibson and Larrivée. Totally at ease in the electric and the acoustic sides of the stringed instruments as well as with bass guitars, Emeric is today truly in charge of our stringed instruments workshop at Servette-Music and ensures all repairs and restorations: all adjustments and even the repair of completely broken necks and also the most delicate tasks such as re-fretting, re-bonding, re-building, painting, varnishing and customized constructions or creations including delicate mother of pearl inlays. Finally, his own creations are now proposed to the clientèle at Servette-Music and he hopes to be able to spend a growing time on it in order to fulfill all the needs for taylor-made models.

• Claudio Maragno : brass instrument repairman and expert artisan. Alongside the training he received working at Haag – the trombones manufacturer – Claudio Studied the craft of expert in brass construction in the Oscar Walcker Schule; a vocational school in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. A talented Trombonist, he is responsible for producing our “Vibrabell” program since 2008, and undertakes all repairs and restoration work on brass instruments.

• Cyril De Froment : in charge of the workshop production of “Free Flow” custom trombone valves. With a background in watch-making, Cyril manages the production of our precious rotors since 2007. He has lent his rigorous experience in watch-making and design to the production of our products which also require a high degree of precision and specialized craftsmanship.

• Christine Hagmann : After a teaching career, Christine Hagmann joined her husband René from 1981 onwards in the management of Servette-Music taking over all administrative work. She brought years of experience in accounting and administrative fields to her job skills and now devotes herself mainly to human resources.

• Nicole Bertola : in charge of accounting since 2007 at Servette-Music, Nicole co-manages the administrative sector of Servette-Music. She also is a musician and professional singer and her passions lie in the arrangement of jazz vocal arrangements for three-part female vocal harmony. She is a pianist too, an arranger and has studied the saxophone.

VSB (Swiss association of brass & woodwinds makers and repairers)

Vereinigung Schweizer Blasinstrumentenbauer und Reparateure : www.vsb-blasinstrumente.ch


We are privileged to be a member of this prestigious guild whose requirements are of an exacting level. It is a highly exclusive club numbering only twenty-three carefully selected members throughout Switzerland! Our entire team is committed to maintaining and indeed constantly raising the standard of our professional activities to ensure that our profession exalts the highest artisanal standards

History


Servette Music was founded around 1955 by Otto Hagmann (1914-1980) who was a re-converted engineer who turned his talents to bench made trumpets and trombones. The first workshop in the Charmilles neighbourhood of Geneva specialized in the repair of trumpets for symphonic music and was visited by a number of prominent musicians (including Paolo Longinotti, first principal trumpet player of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande). Otto Hagmann concentrated on the repair of trumpets for symphonic music, especially in keys which were hard to find on the market at that time, such as D, Eb, F and G. He constructed and repaired many trumpets for customers of brass and marching bands and in addition sold instruments of various brands.

The development and progression of his business led him to move to the neighborhood of Servette in 1970 and the store now is named Servette-Music. One of his three sons; Rene Hagmann; who is also a precision mechanic, joined him in 1971 to specialize in keyed instruments in addition to brass winds. The store’s reputation has steadily grown over the years and its excellent reputation now draws customers from all over Switzerland as well as neighboring countries.

The ever-growing customer base also helps to train employees. In 1979 Servette-Music hired Yves Imer as a specialized commercial partner. His knowledge of both the guitar and sales management led to a decisive change in the company’s subsequent development including the creation of a section of stringed instruments. This was also the year that René took over the ownership from his father who pursued his activities with the team until his tragic death in August 1980.

At the end of 1987, the store expanded and doubled its surface and the “Servette 92 Music” label was born; the new arcade is located at 92, rue de la Servette. The team now numbers approximately thirteen staff members and includes specialists in brass, wind, keyed instruments and the guitar. The specific strength of the entire Servette-Music team is their ability to repair all the instruments sold in the shop which has ensured long-standing loyalty among customers.

In addition to repair works and sales, René Hagmann is passionate about improving certain weaknesses of clarinets and specifically F basset horns. His collaboration with the famous French company Buffet Crampon resulted in the creation of a more evolved and sophisticated instrument which has enjoyed international success.

In 1992, René Hagmann invented a new rotary valve for the trombone; the “René Hagmann Free Flow valve” whose worldwide success led him to establish a new workshop dedicated to its production. This valve which upgrades trombones became very popular with the world’s most prestigious brands and our workshop also specializes in converting and improving existing trombones.

Today Servette-Music distributes a dozen exclusive brands in Switzerland, represents approximately a hundred others and supplies patented products to thirty shops in the world. Servette-Music has received the 2009 Crafts Award granted since 1991 to the most deserving company in recognition of the quality of its work and the commitment it makes to ensure the teaching and transmission of technical know-how.