"Good technicians are few and far between, so to have Natasha Port of ABI Music in my home city is an absolute godsend.
She has serviced oboes, repaired cracks, and even made keys for my instruments over the years, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to amateurs and professionals alike."
Principal Oboe with the National Orchestra of France
"After many years of traveling to a trusted repairman in the US, I was delighted discover a meticulous and dedicated technician in Auckland, Natasha Port.
I am so grateful to Natasha, and the team at ABI, for working hard to accommodate my particular needs. We oboists are notoriously fussy. She has
worked wonders on my oboes - and my student’s ones, too. We are so fortunate to have an expert like Natasha in New Zealand to care for our instruments."
Principal Oboe, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
"Due to a hand injury, I required major modifications to the foot joint on my flute. Natasha and Andrew were very helpful and took on the task that some other repair technicians had deemed impossible.
Natasha designed and manufactured the perfect solution. I would highly recommend ABI Music to anyone requiring woodwind repairs or servicing."
"We were delighted to welcome Natasha into the Music Department at Nayland College, Nelson where she completed 4 days of repairs and maintenance on a vast range of instruments of all types and qualities.
Having shipped half her workshop to Nelson in advance, she was able to set up an impressive workshop allowing her to do a broad scope of repairs. This ranged from basic maintenance and repairs to the complete rebuild of a professional level trombone which had suffered significant damage.
Natasha was utterly professional, fun to have around, did a wonderful job and we would ABSOLUTELY have her back."
Head of Arts Nayland College and Principal Baritone of the National Band of New Zealand
"I have been a regular customer of ABI for years now, and am so grateful to have a repairer I can trust, not only with my student’s instruments but also my own professional level instruments.
Every person on the team is friendly, helpful, and take their time to give thoughtful and trustworthy advice.
ABI is one of the only stores around to have a good supply of double reeds for purchase, and as an oboist and oboe teacher, I would be lost without
MMUS, Freelance oboist and music teacher
"ABI are always a joy to deal with, whether it's an emergency repair before I go on tour, ordering in my favourite valve oil, helping students purchase instruments or accepting deliveries of large numbers of school instruments to be serviced with a smile."
Principal Horn Opus Orchestra & Bach Musica, Freelance Horn Player and Teacher
"The ABI team are so approachable and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. There are periods of the year when I visit several times a week and the staff are never phased!
I frequently email complicated orders for reeds, cleaning swabs etc. and these are always dispatched with efficiency. All the staff are good humoured, knowledgeable, and passionate about what they do, and I am always made to feel
Music Admin - Rangitoto College
"When I wanted to get back into playing after the pandemic, I knew my bassoon could be in no better hands than Natasha's. I trust her diagnosis completely, which is so important when it comes to valuable instruments, and I know she will do precisely what is necessary.
Natasha is friendly, professional, and a consummate expert in her craft - I would highly recommend her for all your woodwind needs!"
The team at ABI are great. Really easy to work with, always friendly and accommodating - awesome little local store.
I've had some pretty standard work done (replacing a neck-cork) as well as some unusual stuff (fixing a bass saxophone and rescuing a set of Uilleann bagpipes).
Always fast and super reasonably priced. Happy to recommend them!
Saxophone Teacher, University of Auckland
Here at ABI we are passionate about what we do, we take the utmost care and pride in our work we believe in providing top quality service to everyone that walks through our doors. But don't take our word for it, read it for yourselves from the reviews provided by all our satisfied customers!
We love receiving feedback from you, so if you have something to say or a story to share about how we have been able to help you on your journey, we'd love to hear from you!