Longtime Salem music repair shop closing by end of August

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Longtime Salem Music Repair Shop Closing

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — After more than 37 years in business, a popular and well-respected music repair shop is closing up shop for good at the end of August.

The co-owners of Valley Repair Service, Tom Fisher and Glenn Schwizer, say they have fixed thousands of instruments on a scale of minor to major problems. They spent decades providing service to professional musicians, college bands, and more than 15 different public school systems.

“Professional musicians, band directors that we’ve seen come and go over the period,” Fisher said. Now we’re [fixing] grandma and grandpa’s children. We did their instruments and their children’s instruments and their children’s instruments.”

Tom Fisher, 70, says he plans to spend more time with family, especially his grandchildren during retirement.

The owners knew going out of business was planned back in 2018, and the coronavirus pandemic confirmed this was the right time.

“COVID-19 was a sign for us to go through with this,” Schwizer said at his work station.

Work slowed down because of the pandemic, forcing Fisher and Schwizer to diminish the shop’s hours.

Glenn Schwizer, 66, is eager to spend time with his grandchildren during retirement and stay in the Roanoke Valley. Schwizer is a musician, playing the trombone and keyboard.

Other than missing each other, they say they will cherish the harmony they formed with the community and each other over the years.

“We’re both men of faith and we love each other,” Fisher said of his relationship with Schwizer.

“We’ve had moments in here with customers where we laughed with them, we’ve cried with them, we’ve prayed with them,” Schwizer said. “It’s an unbelievable blessing that we have had in our lives to have the opportunity to serve people and get to know their stories.”

The repair shop is shutting down on Aug. 31. According to Fisher, Hill City Music- Instrument Repair and Instrument Rentals out of Lynchburg is moving into the building.

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