Mi Repairs was established in 2001 by repairer Leonard Lamprell, the story of the business goes back much further than that though.  Hailing from Ayr in Scotland, Leonard began making guitars as a hobby back in the early 80’s but as the decade rolled on he became more and more in demand as a repairer.  In 1990 after returning from a backpacking tour of Australia he set up his first official business as a repairer – L A Guitars.  A short but debilitating illness in 1997 gave him some ‘space’ for a rethink and an opportunity arose to follow his ambition to train as a woodwind repairer and so he journied south to London Guildhall University in order to embark on a course in woodwind design and construction under the very capable and watchful eye of course director David Armitage. After graduating in 2000 and spending a couple of years working alongside repairer Laurie Connie at Chas Footes Music in Picadilly, Mirepairs finally began life in a converted garage at the bottom  of the garden at his home in Hampton  where he very quickly gained a reputation for very high quality work.  Along the way, not long after moving to London, Leonard met a lovely lady, got married and is now very happy with a wife and two children (but that’s a whole other story and may be the subject of a book one day!)

Never one for blowing his own trumpet (har de har!)but it should also be mentioned that Leonard is an accomplished musician being a highly proficient guitarist, bassist and saxophonist also with skills on flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon. He spent many years as a pro and semi pro musician though has all but retired from the gig circuit to focus on Business, family and other priorities (his words).

Leonard has also been a professional member of the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers since 2001, serving on the committee and as editor of the association’s magazine for a number of years.

That’s a lot of life to cram into a couple of paragraphs and this really only scratches the surface – Leonards work speaks for itself though, (sorry, that was a bit cheesy) and  every instrument that arrives at the workshop is treated with the knowledge that to most owners, it is not just a tool for the job but an intimate friend. Checkout the testimonials page to see what his customers say.


 

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