Tom Sparkes Instrument Repairs is proudly owned and operated by Rob Stammers, a passionate musician, father and highly accomplished repairer. The Company was founded in the late 1950s by Tom Sparkes, a successful Sydney musician and designer of the ‘Tom Sparkes Oboe’. Working out of his garage in Wahroonga, he gained a reputation as the finest woodwind repairer in Australia with a ‘players’ touch’ and meticulous eye for detail and innovation.
In the early 1990s the company moved to a factory in Hunter Street Hornsby, from which it still trades.
In 1994 Rob Stammers worked for Tom for two weeks as part of his school ‘work experience program’. He continued to help Tom during school holidays and was eventually offered an apprenticeship when he finished school.
In September 1996 Rob began working with Tom full time. He spent the next eleven years learning his craft and gaining invaluable experience in the black art of musical instrument repair.
In June 2007 Tom retired and Rob bought the company. He kept the Tom Sparkes Instrument Repairs name and the company has continued to grow and expand. Rob has added brass and guitar repairs to the company’s mission statement after researching and studying the most innovative and successful repair techniques. He is committed to discussing every customer’s needs on a personal level to keep him out in front of all other instrument repairers in Australia.
Rob says; “Repairing musical instruments is all I’ve ever done and it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I love this company; I love making worn instruments play again, I love building relationships with my customers and colleagues and I love coming here every day. It really is the happiest company in Australia.”