I have a Josef Novotny, too!
I bought my 1929 Josef Novotny from a guy in Springfield, Mass back in 1991, paid $2,000, and it was in playable, but only fair shape. I loved how the instrument projected, even with a few open seams, so I took a flyer on it and brought it home. I had Lou DeLeone in New Haven do a few small things just to get it into playing shape and played it in that condition for the past 20 years.
Recently the neck popped and, living near DC now and being in a better position to fix it properly, I took it to Thomas Wolf at Wolf Instruments in The Plains, VA for a more serious overhaul. He knew a bit about the maker, saying it was a respected name and that mine was sold by the prestigious Rudolph Wurlitzer shop in NYC. Tom said he'd owned one at some point and wished he still had it.
I had Tom remove the back and replace quite a few bad repairs, as well as reseat the neck, replace some missing edge material, reposition the bridge and sound post, as well as replace the saddle cord and some perform some reconstructive work on bits of purfling here and there. The bass came out just fantastic, extremely playable in every position and it projects like never before. I'm just in love with it now.
I'll try to get some pics up. I know that this is in reply to a very old posting, but I thought I'd do my part to add to the Novonty lore.
Last edited by wrmerkel : 01-07-2014 at 02:56 PM.