Repairs near Syracuse, NY?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by dsmacleod, Aug 28, 2013.


  1. dsmacleod

    dsmacleod

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    Syracuse
    I just moved to Syracuse and need a basic setup. I left my bass with a musician friend while I travelled this summer and the humidity wreaked havoc on the action.

    The bridge is adjusted as low as it can go, and is still too high to play comfortably.

    I am looking for someone within an hour of Syracuse. I used to take it to Gage when I lived in the city, but would rather not make the trip.

    Any ideas?
  2. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    How far is Brewster and Arnold Schnitzer's shop?
  3. KUNGfuSHERIFF

    KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    About four hours each way. For basic stuff the Violin Shoppe in Oneida is right down the road. I bought an old German from him and the setup wasn't too bad. JR Judd Has a good shop in Williamsport and there's a shop in Amherst whose name escapes me because I'm on my first cup of coffee.
  4. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

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    Robert McIntosh in Cambridge, NY. Probably 2 hours from Syracuse or so...
  5. KUNGfuSHERIFF

    KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    {facepalm}

    I played a bass the other day that he had set up...some old German beater. It sang. There's your answer.
  6. ethnotime

    ethnotime

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    Mike Griffin in Fairport, NY (Rochester) does good work. Probably an hour and a half from Syracuse.
  7. dsmacleod

    dsmacleod

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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. Think I'll try Griffin near Rochester. Only an hour and 15 minutes away. He's also got a few basses there I'd like to check out ...
  8. Heifetzbass

    Heifetzbass

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    Upstate, SC
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    I "third" the Robbie McIntosh recommendation. Great guy and stunning work!

    BG
  9. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

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    Mike Griffin is a good choice too.
  10. Margin

    Margin

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    I highly recommend Robert MacBlane String Instruments in Preble, about 15 minutes south of Syracuse. His work is great, reasonable prices, and such a cool shop! He set up my bass ( twice) and fixed up an old mandolin that I thought was kindling.
  11. boombloom

    boombloom Supporting Member

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    Tom Hosmer is in Syracuse. He helped me out with set up on my first upright 20 years ago. http://www.hosmerviolins.com/ Since I moved east I have been lucky enough to meet Robbie Macintosh.
  12. martinc

    martinc

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    Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
    Looks like Syracuse is well stocked with bass repair people. Lucky you!
  13. Margin

    Margin

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    Hosmer doesn't work on basses any more - he said they take up too much room in the shop! Another highly skilled genius...
  14. dsmacleod

    dsmacleod

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    I know! I thought I was going to be stuck driving down to the city every few months.

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