This is my second time working with Darren and Molly and even during the pandemic they were extremely cautious, vigilant and respectful.
What I like most about their work is how they pay close attention to detail. Darren and Molly take their work very seriously and will not provide a service they could not stand by 100%. I learned a lot about my instrument and how the mechanism works. While watching them work, it was evident how passionate they are about flutes and customer satisfaction. My flute hasn't sounded or looked this good in years! My flute is resonating beautifully and the mechanism feels so smooth and even. Thank you to Darren and Molly for the overhaul. I can honestly vouch for Canter Music Shop and I was rest assured that my flute was in good hands and it was! I will continue to use all of their services!!
Your friend, Adam ~August, 2020
Tom North - student of Phyllis Louke
I could no longer play certain notes on my flute, I thought I was going crazy. My teacher heard me scratching out sounds and couldn’t take it anymore. She told me I needed to take my flute in to get the pads checked and get it back into adjustment. She suggested Canter Music. I contacted Darren and met him to inspect my flute. Darren immediately found 7 keys that were out of alignment and one pad that was bad. He described to me the action of the clutch, springs, adjustment screws, high performance lubricants and adjustment process. I dropped my flute off to get a new pad and get it cleaned, oiled and adjusted and picked it up a week later. I could play again! It sounded great and it looked beautiful! I could play notes I couldn’t play before, I could play the mid and high octave with little effort, I could sustain notes. Darren and Molly had done a great job of restoring the heart and soul of my flute! ~January, 2020
Emily Gerace Stanek - Flute Faculty at Willamette University and Corban University
I am so thankful for your flute advice! You pinpointed the reason for my flute’s lack of resonance. Thank you thank you!! ~November, 2019
Phyllis Louke - flutist, flute instructor at Pacific University, and composerwww.phyllislouke.com fabulousflute.com
Darren Cook and Molly Duggan recently performed a clean, oil, and adjust (COA) on my university’s bass flute with spectacular results. The instrument is less than 2 years old, and Darren identified quite a few leaks in pads that were particularly affecting the right hand keys. The mechanical and pad adjustments were spot on and the bass flute sounded fabulous. The two students who played it in our flute choir’s performance were thrilled with how easy it was to play after the COA, when it was barely playable before. I have known Darren Cook for over twenty years as both a talented flutist and teacher. Darren studied flute repair with Bob Gilchrist, who was one of the most talented and well-respected flute technicians in the United States (we called him a “flute magician”), so his training is solid. Also, Darren and Molly have been recently become certified to work on flutes with Straubinger pads, which is a plus. ~November, 2019
Tara Planas - member, Rose City Flute Choir
Canter Music is a treasure and I am delighted with the work put in to overhauling my nearly 50-year-old Armstrong Heritage. The available skills and attention-to-detail of the services provided are profound. Not only did they repad, tighten rods, and polish the flute to perfection... they also replaced springs with long-lasting durable material, ensured a better fit for my Dana Sheridan headjoint, and leveled the keys, among a myriad of other things. Communication was excellent, and time spent is impressive -- I got it back in 12 days. It plays better than it ever has, responds immediately, and playing comfort is improved. One would never guess it's a 50-year old flute! ~October, 2019
John Nyugen - Fmr. Principal Flutist of the Westview Wind Ensemble, Music Minor at The University of Texas at Dallas
Darren Cook and Molly Duggan are phenomenal flute technicians. I have known Darren as a teacher for three years and I have known Molly as a fellow flutist in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for the past year. Not only are they some of the most distinguished flutists in the area, but Darren and Molly are also genial, ethical people just as gifted personally as they are at their craft. The week before my concerto debut, my flute pads broke. Molly immediately offered to help as a friend and eventually took it to the shop for further inspection. They were able to fix my flute very quickly. Throughout that time, I was impressed by their dedicated communication and personal adjustments made to my individual style of playing. It was clear that they were very informed about flute repair. Overall, Canter Music Shop has excellent customer service, quick turnaround, and reasonable pricing. It is clear that Darren and Molly live by high standards from the way they run their business and treat their customers. There is no better flute repair shop I highly recommend to my section, peers, and students more than Darren and Molly. ~July, 2019