Elemental Brass provides professional repair, customization and fabrication that looks factory, while improving your horn's ability to meet your performance needs...

Owner and Chief Craftsman John Gough has extensive repair and fabrication experience. He founded Elemental Brass in 2016 after years working as a professional musician here and abroad. After formal instrument repair training, he worked in one of the best horn repair shops in the nation! 


We are committed to establishing and fostering our relationships with our customers both local and abroad! These reviews and comments are taken from our social media accounts and reflect the constant and continuing quality of work and service we work to provide!

Having worked with John in the repair shop, I have been able to see his quality and careful work. Everything is always completed with the highest quality and craftsmanship. In addition to his work, John is a very caring man, who will help out whenever he is able!
— Cody McClarty, Trumpet Audition Winner; U.S.Navy Band D.C.
John is a outstanding craftsman and wonderful musician! I was having tendon trouble in my left hand and he was able to customize my trigger so that I could comfortably play again. My horn looks and plays great with the modification, and I was able to play some duets with him at the shop after the work was done. I’d recommend him to anyone who needs quality work on their instrument.
— Kirstin Schularick, Dallas TX
John has developed an incredible talent for brass work. He has proven himself and made a name in the repair industry. CIOMIT is very proud to have him as one of our alumni
— Bradley Halbert, Vice president; Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology
I had the privilege of meeting John at the 2017 Midsouth workshop, where I purchased a Yamaha 671 conversion from him. The horn is beautiful to look at and wonderful to play, and I am in awe of the level of craftsmanship John puts into his work. More than that, though, John is an incredibly friendly, helpful person, even going so far as to chat with me on the phone when I had some questions about the horn. I simply can’t recommend John and Elemental Brass enough.
— Colin Riggert, Horn-University of Oklahoma
John Gough is a true artist of his craft. I had an accident yesterday after the Boston Brass show and the 3rd slide of my flugel stopped working. Tonight he had the courtesy to see me and take care of this very quickly and professionally. It works perfectly again. Thank you man for being a great person as well as a great professional. He is also an awesome horn player and horn builder to top it off!!! Lucky to call you my friend.
— Jose Sibaja, Trumpet-Boston Brass, Faculty- Vanderbilt/Blair School of Music
John Gough is the horn guru/repairman we have been needing in Nashville for decades! So thrilled he has chosen to live here and hope he and Lauren will put down roots. The improvement made to my daughter’s cornet was incredible. He got us in and out in around an hour, including ultrasonic cleaning and duets:)
The fee was very reasonable and I loved that I didn’t have to leave the instrument there for weeks.
I was also privileged to try out his custom made horn, and I absolutely loved it.....
The slurs are like velvet, the high notes pop out to the point of sounding easy! There was excellent response throughout all the registers and the tone sounds warm and beautiful, so resonant. I love my Berg, but maybe next Christmas???
— Jennifer Dugle Kummer, Nashville Recording artist-Horn
I am extremely excited to see what John Gough does with Elemental Brass! Knowing John first as a player and colleague, I have absolutely no doubts that his dedication to this craft is just as astonishing as his performing. Knowing he is “one of us,” I am assured that his attention to detail and level of care for my best interest is always present! Thank you for all of your hard work.
— Benjamin Bacni, Principal Horn, Topeka Symphony Orchestra

New Projects!!!

Personalized leadpipes based on custom-made and privately designed Elemental Brass mandrels!

Release of the Elemental Brass custom Geyer model

Hand-made leather hand guards and accessories