Save The Brasslab

$26,077 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 298 people in 23 months
   I have never done anything like this before.  I'm trying to avoid being another 'used to be in business statistic.'  You've seen them all.   The overnight shuttered doors and lost dreams. . . your favorite restaurant, your favorite bookstore, your favorite theater, your favorite everything.
   Now, even though it's the fault of the sales tax man, The Brasslab will be next favorite store to close unless we can raise enough money by April 15th.  We need a minimum of $20,000 and then, $20,000 more in 6 months.  I have actually paid all taxes collected from you.  This is just the penalties and interest they feel entitled to collect.  Of course,  they are justifying themselves by claiming that they are taking care of you, and that we became the problem.
   If you can help, we will be eternally grateful.  No amount is too small.  We value all of our customers and friends.  We promise to continue the high level of service that you have grown to expect from us.  Let's work together to save The Brasslab.  I think you would agree that it would be a tragedy to lose it now.

http://www.thebrasslab.com

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Oh, I forgot: We are planning to keep our online store open so, officially, The Brasslab still exists and you will be able to find out what we are doing and what we are selling on our website. For now, our online store is still open and you can still get most of what we sell there. Thanks so much!
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OK EVERYBODY who cares about us. Yes, we are officially closing. Yes, Chuck is looking for a job and will train anyone who wants to learn. Yes, we still need to pay our taxes, please! Most importantly, we are still open until April 1st. If you need any work done that we can finish by then, please call or email us and we can set that up. Just so you know, we actually have no money to live on right now. And again, thanks so very much for all of your support and encouragement.
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Hi Everybody,
Most of you have probably already heard, but in case you haven't, I'm letting you know that we are finally in the process of closing all of The Brasslab except for the online store. We will be adding more information and items to that store as we go forward. I tried very hard to find a way to join forces with another brass repair shop so that I could pass along all of the skills and information that I have gained over the many years of my career but I was unable to convince anyone that I could bring in more money than I would need in salary to do that. My fear is that my disappearance might just harm the entire industry, and worse than that, all of customers will have no where to go when they need the services that I used to provide. If you hear of anyone in the New York area that might want to make use of my services, whether it be bench work, training, consulting or anything in between, just let me know how to contact them.
Also, I want you all to know that the help that you already gave us, was not a waste of money. We were able to pay most of the taxes we owed and still owing half is a lot easier to pay then the entire amount. So, I have enormous gratitude for all of the funds that you provided us. I will leave the gofundme page open just in case some of you might still want to help us pay the rest of it.
I will update again some time in the future so you will know what is going on. You will still be able to reach me by email and telephone and I will be contacting you with the new information as soon as it is set up. Thanks so again so very much to all of you who helped us now and to those of you who I have had the pleasure to work on your horns and projects. And getting to know you was the best part. This is not good bye.
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Hi everybody! Happy Thanksgiving and Fall Solstice to all!! I'm still trying to raise money for the tax man so, if you have any to spare, I'd sure appreciate any help. Oh, and by the way, Giving Tuesday is coming up, and if you are in the mood. . .
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Steve Norrell
23 months ago
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Chuck and the "Brass Lab" have been an institution during my career as a professional musician. There are not many NYC brass players who have not benefited from his skill & expertise over the past 30 years. I'm unaware of what lead to this immediate need, but I'm very sorry to see a friend experience these problems. Please help!

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Cheryl King
23 months ago
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This warms my heart, to see so many people offering sums large and small. You two have created quite a community, and it is one that speaks up when it's time. Friends and good work are great reasons to be alive, and you two have both.

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Howard Levy
12 months ago
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Chuck, I'may so sorry that this didn't work out. This is New Yorks loss! I will definitely spread the word about your availability. I have nothing but the highest respect for you as both an amazing technition and a wonderful person. Howard Levy

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Soren Saggio
22 months ago
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Congrats! Hit the $20,000 mark!

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Pablito Miguel
6 months ago

Is it too late to contribute? I just found out about this. Chuck and Brasslab has been keeping my instruments in great playing condition for a long time.... this is a huge loss... I am having problems with two instruments now and could use Chuck's help....

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E Themayor Man
5 months ago

I have been sharing with no success if you could please help me share I would be greatly appreciated thanks

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Ann K. Waters
22 months ago

Happy for the response you are getting!

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Steve Norrell
23 months ago
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Chuck and the "Brass Lab" have been an institution during my career as a professional musician. There are not many NYC brass players who have not benefited from his skill & expertise over the past 30 years. I'm unaware of what lead to this immediate need, but I'm very sorry to see a friend experience these problems. Please help!

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Cheryl King
23 months ago
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This warms my heart, to see so many people offering sums large and small. You two have created quite a community, and it is one that speaks up when it's time. Friends and good work are great reasons to be alive, and you two have both.

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Howard Levy
12 months ago
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Chuck, I'may so sorry that this didn't work out. This is New Yorks loss! I will definitely spread the word about your availability. I have nothing but the highest respect for you as both an amazing technition and a wonderful person. Howard Levy

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Soren Saggio
22 months ago
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Congrats! Hit the $20,000 mark!

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Pablito Miguel
6 months ago

Is it too late to contribute? I just found out about this. Chuck and Brasslab has been keeping my instruments in great playing condition for a long time.... this is a huge loss... I am having problems with two instruments now and could use Chuck's help....

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E Themayor Man
5 months ago

I have been sharing with no success if you could please help me share I would be greatly appreciated thanks

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Ann K. Waters
22 months ago

Happy for the response you are getting!

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