Are bass techs like other contractors?
That is to say; flighty not thorough and only do half the job you ask them to do?
I recently got my bass back from the tech and he did top-notch work on the frets, the new bone nut, and that's about it. We discussed strap locks, a solution to the B string tuner, and maybe a few other things. what I ended up with was from work and a new bone nut. The setup he did was a tad too high for my taste, but I was confident enough to take each setscrew in the bridge down one revolution so that it was evenly lower.
I was only a homeowner once, but I remember that home contractors are notoriously unreliable at doing finish work. Is this all craftsman? LOL!
My grandfather used to have a sign up in his woodworking shop:
"Work - $10/hr
If you watch - $20/hr
If you help - $50/hr"
If I know exactly what I want, I do it myself. But my experience with techs is that they will often give me something other that what I want, and the result is very often better than what I thought I wanted.
I can't count how many times I have got a bass setup perfectly (I thought), only to have an experienced tech or luthier make a small adjustment that took it to another level. YMMV or course.
The best way to deal with it is to learn do your own setups yourself. When it comes down to it, nobody's hands know like your own. And, you save money.
Exactly one revolution on every set screw on the bridge got it pretty much where i like it- neck seems straight.
Over the years best ive learned to do is bridge and truss rod adjustments. Intonation seems beyond me.
This is in bass humor for a reason, too many fascists in hardware setup and repair lol they tried to drill sergeant me into being competent at manual dexterity lol!
I once broke a thermostat housing in my car by tightening it down too far!
I've paid "respected" local bass techs enough to buy a bass and not had the problem corrected, when after some research and with patience I was able to do the work myself. After this I learned to do much of what I formerly paid professionals to do.
OTOH I have waited months until my name came up on a waiting list, driven 2 hours, and paid a "legendary" non local tech considerably less than what the locals charge for miraculous results. Everything on the list taken care of, except something that I'd thought would be nice but turned out not be economically feasible due to the design of the instrument. There WAS a list, he wrote down everything we discussed.
I think they're just like any other human. I've had an amp tech charge me $100 to tell me he couldn't fix the amp (and lose the screws to the top.) Not being repairable I could understand. Well, except that the second tech I took it to changed the tubes and it was like new.
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