Peter Pollard has a fascination for blending the specialities of acoustics with metal and woodwork, skills which were developed from a very young age and honed under the tutelage of some of the world’s most respected band instrument technicians.
Working with leading musicians, military bands and orchestras for over 40 years, Peter has an exceptional background as a professional musician, builder, repairer and teacher, is a member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen, NAMIR, NAPBIRT, and has written and examines for instrument repair courses in the UK and Europe.
An international reputation founded upon a wealth of knowledge allows Peter to push the boundaries of instrument design, be experimental, and yet produce peerless professional players’ instruments using innovative techniques and materials, creating superb hand-made instruments acknowledged by leading players to be benchmarks in their class.
Peter’s skill, experience and well-developed understanding of the needs of players at all levels, along with input from peers, professionals and educators, have been applied to create the Odyssey Debut, Premiere and Symphonique ranges.
“I design Odyssey brass and woodwind without compromise, with features, attributes, specification and manufacturing techniques which place each instrument way above its class” states Peter. “Without doubt, a beginner playing an Odyssey Debut instrument will enjoy the kind of free blowing, great sounding, easy to play instrument essential to progressing, while their teachers will be amazed at the quality.
With Premiere, we raise the bar again, where more accomplished players will appreciate the advanced design aspects, which to an experienced professional will be a revelation. The Odyssey
Symphonique series embodies my lifetime’s experience in crafting instruments for top end professional players, and offers what I consider to be truly exceptional, yet still very affordable, instruments.”