Our Repair Staff

Our on-site repair shop is staffed with five master repair technicians and one apprentice technician, resulting in over 100 combined years of instrument repair experience. Our repair techs take pride in their work, always providing the care and precision necessary for an instrument to maintain its original quality playing condition. Not only do they keep instruments in great condition, they also provide complete overhauls on-site, making Cooper Music one of the few companies who perform complete overhauls in their own shops.

SHOP FOREMAN, MASTER BRASS TECHNICIAN

Chad Koop

Chad grew up in Russellville, Arkansas playing trumpet in the school band. He also played drums in a rock band, which he continues to perform with today. He graduated from Russellville High School and began working in his family’s trucking business; however, his love of music drew him towards a different profession. His life long friendship with Hal opened the door as an Apprentice Repairman over twenty years ago. He honed his skills and ultimately became a Master Brass Repairman. In 2005, he was named the Shop Foreman, where he oversees all activities in the shop and provides the ultimate in customer service.

MASTER WOODWIND TECH

Mike Blaney

Mike has been repairing instruments for nearly 50 years. He originated from Detroit, Michigan, studied music at Eastern Michigan University, and began apprenticing in 1969. In the 1970s, he built and ran two major instrument repair shops, where he operated for 25 years. He has been with Cooper Music for 20 years now, repairing all woodwind instruments and many wooden string instruments. Mike enjoys gardening when he is not repairing instruments.

MASTER BRASS TECH

Rod Koop

Rod has been in the business of brass instrument repair for over 15 years. Before deciding to pursue a career in instrument repair, Rod owned and operated a trucking dispatch business for over a decade. Rod’s repair skills are not only limited to brass; he also plays and repairs guitars, bass guitars, and drums. A Russellville High School graduate, Rod is married to April. They are parents to wiener dog Stella and two cats, Jack and Callie. Rod loves to ride his Honda motorcycle and collect beer tabs.

APPRENTICE TECH

Casey Willis

Casey has been a trombonist since 4th grade, even playing the instrument for the Marine Corps Band for four years. After leaving the Marine Corps, Casey graduated from the Motorcycle Mechanic Institute in Orlando, Florida. He then worked for Pig Trail Harley in Rogers, Arkansas. However, while his love for Harleys runs deep, his journey eventually brought him back to music and working as a repair technician, which he loves. Casey says he lives a simple life centered on good music, golfing, riding his Road King, and anything outdoors.

MASTER BRASS/WOODWIND TECH

Bob Frye

Bob’s life has always revolved around music. A graduate of the University of North Texas in Music Education, he began his musical career as a band director. However, his love for problem solving eventually led him down the path of instrument repair. Among his impressive career history, Bob was a repair tech for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He also owned his own instrument repair shop for over five years, taking care of his local band community. In his down time, Bob loves to relax and listen to great music, as well as ride his motorcycle throughout the countryside.

Hours of Operation
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MONDAY – FRIDAY
9:00am – 5:00pm

SATURDAY – SUNDAY
Closed

We are closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Telephone
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Store Phone: (479) 967-3273
Toll Free: (800) 813-7333

Location
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914 West Main Street
Russellville, AR 72801

Across main street from Kroger,
right next to the Smokehouse Deli.