About Us

Mike Nye

Mike Nye started his work life in the grocery business. In his thirties, he went to repair school at Western Iowa Tech to learn instrument repair. He then worked at All Star Music for a year and a half, and Milano Music for a year and a half. He then started his own business in his house, where it grew for 15 years. Eventually he outgrew the place and opened a store front.

We have built the business on some basic principles. These principles were based on what was supposed to be a humorous sign that said you can have it fast, affordable, or good, but not all three. We think you CAN have all three!

Our goal is to have integrity, speed, affordability, and great service from the most educated staff we can find. All of our techs are NAPBIRT members who attend classes multiple times per year, to always be in the forefront of tools, technique and technology. This commitment, is what drives us to be the best and the fastest. We do not have a huge overhead, which allows us to compete at a price level that is hard to beat.

We do work for tons of schools, stores, and private customers that range from beginning students to internationally known professionals. ALL get the same level of commitment to service and excellence.

Sydney Rowe

Sydney is 25, and has her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Band Instrument Repair from Western Iowa Tech, and is also a member with the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians. She was a music performance major here in Arizona and marched 3 competitive seasons with the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps before discovering her passion for instrument repair. From a young age, Sydney played every musical instrument she could get her hands on, and having been raised by two engineers, also loved figuring out how things work. She attends NAPBIRT classes throughout each year in order to continue to improve her trade skill, in order to become the best all-around tech person in the valley.

She chose to move thousands of miles to work for Mike Nye Instrument Repair because it’s Team Famous!

Dawn Parker

Dawn Parker taught Band Guitar and Chorus in the Mesa School District at both the Elementary and Jr. High levels for 30 years. After retirement, she attended Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing Minnesota where she received certification in Brass and Woodwind Repair. She has been working for Mike Nye Instrument Repair and Team Famous since June of 2017. Dawn is a member of NAPBIRT and continues her instrument repair education by attending national conferences and regional clinics. Dawn is quickly becoming the go to specialist for woodwind excellence!

Stephen Senseman

Stephen has moved to Florida and is now dead to us. Following formal instrument repair training at Renton Technical College, Stephen Senseman joined Team Famous in 2017. Stephen has been a member of NAPBIRT since 2017 and has since been featured in the organization's Technicom (repair periodical). He is the go to big brass guy with Mike Nye Instrument Repair. Stephen looks forward to further learning to better serve the valley's repair needs.

Clark Drinkall

Clark is a Luthier who works with musicians and students to make sure their instruments are at their optimum playing ability, producing the finest sound they can. He believes players of ALL levels deserve the best. That is why he puts the same kind of care into a beginner’s instrument as he does on a professional one. Clark worked as a luthier in Omaha Nebraska before moving to Phoenix in August 2018, where he continued his trade as well as taught Violin lessons around the valley. Clark holds a Certificate of Violin and Violin Bow Repair from the Violin Guild of America in St Paul Minnesota, as well as a Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.