Diefes Brass Repair opened in 2013 in Ed's garage. In the intervening years, Diefes Brass Repair has grown to establish itself as a trusted source for repair and service of brass musical instruments. With the opening of the new shop in Roseville Chase, DBR is striving to bring to a diverse selection of instruments and products not previously available to the Sydney market.
Ed is a successful professional musician and a 2nd generation repair technician. He began working in the instrument repair business in high school under the tutelage of his father, a master repair technician who has worked on instruments for musicians including Sonny Rollins and members of the New York Philharmonic. Ed worked closely with his father in Marcellus, NY, a suburb of Syracuse, NY, concentrating on brass repairs and modifications. In addition to his performing career, Ed has always been able to “keep his hands dirty” in the repair industry and is well acquainted with the needs of the professional, amateur and student brass instrumentalist.
In 2008, Ed was the successful candidate of an international audition for the position of Principal Tuba and Cimbasso with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Ed arrived in Australia with his family in 2010 to join what is now called the Opera Australia Orchestra, a position he held until 2020. He is in demand as a musician and has performed with some of Australia's leading musical institutions including the Sydney Symphony, The West Australian Symphony, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the NSW Police Band. Prior to moving to Australia, he was Principal Tuba with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Ed has also performed and toured both nationally and internationally with many notable American orchestras including the New World Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, The Baltimore Symphony, The Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony. In 2003 he premiered and recorded the Tuba Concerto of Meyer Kupferman with the Czech National Symphony. He can be heard on recordings with the Sydney Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, New World Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and on major motion picture soundtracks. He attended The Juilliard School and is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music.