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  • About us  ( 2 items )
    Colin Murray’s long fascination with bass trombone gear prompted one of his university friends (thanks John Hill) to dub him “Mr.Equipment”. After graduating with a performance degree in bass trombone from McGill University in Montreal, Colin began to realize that it may be difficult to make a living as a freelance bass trombone player, and followed his intuition into the brass instrument repair business, working for two of Montreal’s biggest music stores. He also ran his own business, “The Brass Exchange” which specialized in sales and repairs of high-quality brass instruments.

    Colin moved to Toronto in 1995 and spent 8 years at Long & McQuade Musical Instruments flagship store where he served as the resident brass specialist and resource person (i.e. equipment geek) for the chain of (now) 28 stores. For the past three years, he was the eastern Canadian District Manager for Coast Music of Montreal, the Canadian distributors of Jupiter, Vandoren and for a while during his tenure, The Music Group (formerly Boosey & Hawkes) which included brands such as Buffet-Crampon, Besson, Keilwerth and Hofner.

    Colin is active as a bass trombonist and has played with stars like Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra Jr., Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach and John Pizzarelli, and has performed and recorded with numerous big bands, brass ensembles, brass bands and symphony and theatre orchestras. He changes mouthpieces every few weeks.

    He has written articles for magazines such as “le Musicien Québecois” and info@Long & McQuade. Colin also appears every few weeks as “Ask Mr. Equipment”on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) Radio Two’s “Music and Company” with Tom Allen (another bass trombonist) explaining the weird things we musicians find interesting about the products. Feel free to send your questions to colin@mrequipment.ca .

    Colin Murray’s unique experience as a professional trombonist, repair technician, retailer and wholesaler and the contacts that go with it, offers the retailer, technician or manufacturer a distinct advantage in marketing their products or services. For more information, please email colin@mrequipment.ca

  • Consulting Services  ( 1 items )

    Why not take advantage of Colin Murray’s years of experience and contacts in the band instrument industry?

    • Staff training- Get your store staff up to speed on the “Five P’s of Band Instrument selling” and increase your sales and customer satisfaction levels.
    • Market research- Find out how to target the specific market for your product or service. Discover how your instrument or accessory brand stacks up against the competition
    • Product development- Got an idea for a cool accessory that will let you quit the pizza delivery job? Learn the best way to research, develop and sell your product worldwide.
    • Marketing- Creative ways to reach new markets for your store, product or service in your immediate area or the world.

    Services offered by Internet, phone or in person. Please email colin@mrequipment.ca to inquire about rates.