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The Team

Sean Murphy aka DR TOOT - Director | Head Repair Technician  

Born in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  After graduating from high school at age of 15, he studied and trained in London as a brass and musical instrument repair technician for eight years - Further training included working in Boosey & Hawkes in UK, Henri Selmer Paris in France, Pisoni in Italy, and Yamaha and Yanagisawa in Japan.  Also, trained extensively for different manufacturing companies in USA, Japan and Taiwan.  As part of his studies, he trained with highly distinguished instrument repairer, Mr Alan Kingsley-Smith for five years in Auckland, New Zealand.

In 1980, he received a QE II Arts Scholarship to work for Ward Music Shop, the largest music store in Western Canada, under the direction of Mr Morrie Backun.  On arriving back into New Zealand in 1981, he started up Murphy’s Wind & Reed in Mt Roskill,Auckland.  After 23 years of Murphy’s Wind & Reed, Sean worked for Tom Kroon’s Musicworks for four years in Howick, Auckland.  

In 2007, Sean had started DR TOOT from home in Howick, Auckland.  He had the idea of this business name since he was younger.  With over 45 years experience, he is able to look after all your instruments needs.

Apart from being a qualified repairer, he was also a professional musician.  He played tuba for Symphonia of Auckland (later known as Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra) for 17 years and casual player for the NZSO and Radio NZ.  He had given up playing tuba since he had an accident in 1990.

Sean has been back playing the tuba since 2010. Currently, he owns a Miraphone CC tuba Bruckner named “Anton” and plays with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra(MSO),Manukau Concert Band (MCB) and the Howick Brass Band.

Takahide (Taka) Sato - Senior Woodwind Repair Specialist

Takawas born in 1995 in Kanagawa, Japan. He graduated from Global Wind Instrument Technical Academy in Tokyo, Japan, with a qualification of Brass & Woodwind Musical Instrument Repair Course (2 years) in March 2016.   

He studied flute repair under a senior repairer at Altus Flute in Japan and trumpet repair under a creator of XO Trumpet in Japan.

After he graduated from the school, he was trained by one of top saxophone repairers in Japan, Mr Odagiri (ex-Yanagisawa Saxophones and now owns his repair workshop in Tokyo).   

Taka plays all saxophones, clarinet, flute and trumpet.  He joined the DR TOOT team in June 2017 and works full time. He specializes in flute, clarinet, saxophone and dent work on all brass & woodwind instruments. 

Currently,he plays with SGINZ Victorious March Band and Manukau Concert Band. 

Mia Kan - Director | Administration | Website | Marketing   

Born in Ehime, Japan.  Travelled and lived in some different countries, and she has been living in Auckland, New Zealand since 1992. 

In 2006, Mia went to Italy to take an oil painting certificate course at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence.  Lived in Florence and Rome for about a year.  Mia came back to New Zealand and joined DR TOOT in 2007.

With experiences as administrator, secretary, sales &marketing, retail sales with different firms including major international companies, Mia became a business partner of DR TOOT in 2010. 

She does not play any wind musical instruments, but she learnt playing a piano for eight years when she was a child. 

She loves listening to music.  Mia has been enjoying taking photos of brass and woodwind musical instruments and updating the website, facebook and instagram.  She never dreamed that she would be having her life surrounded by many musical Instruments…and two cats !   

Zara aka Queen Zara - PA of Sean  

Zara was born on 16 November 2007 in Auckland.  

She is a black & white domestic cat.  Zara came to DR TOOT after a few weeks later she was born.

She knows about all DR TOOT.  She is known as Queen Zara - #queenzara



Alfa aka Princess Alfa - PA of Mia    

Alfa was born on 11 November 2011 in Auckland.

She is a silver tabby.  Alfa was found on TradeMe.  Everyone thought that she was a male cat. 

Therefore, she has a boy’s name. She is known as Princess Alfa - #princessalfa

Zara and Alfa have their own blog, which started in April 2009 by Zara and Rico.  Rico was passed away in 2012…he is always with us at DR TOOT.

The blog is published every Sunday:  Zara & Rico's World with Alfa