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Repairs near Syracuse, NY?

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


  1. dsmacleod

    dsmacleod

    Aug 28, 2013
    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

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Disclosures:
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    How far is Brewster and Arnold Schnitzer's shop?
     
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  4. 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.
     
  5. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    Robert McIntosh in Cambridge, NY. Probably 2 hours from Syracuse or so...
     
  6. {facepalm}

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

    ethnotime

    Sep 24, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Mike Griffin in Fairport, NY (Rochester) does good work. Probably an hour and a half from Syracuse.
     
  8. dsmacleod

    dsmacleod

    Aug 28, 2013
    Syracuse
    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 ...
     
  9. Heifetzbass

    Heifetzbass

    Feb 6, 2004
    Upstate, SC
    Disclosures:
    Owner, Gencarelli Bass Works and Fine String Instruments, LLC.
    I "third" the Robbie McIntosh recommendation. Great guy and stunning work!

    BG
     
  10. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    Mike Griffin is a good choice too.
     
  11. Margin

    Margin

    Jul 4, 2013
    Central NY State
    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.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. Looks like Syracuse is well stocked with bass repair people. Lucky you!
     
  14. Margin

    Margin

    Jul 4, 2013
    Central NY State
    Hosmer doesn't work on basses any more - he said they take up too much room in the shop! Another highly skilled genius...
     
  15. dsmacleod

    dsmacleod

    Aug 28, 2013
    Syracuse
    I know! I thought I was going to be stuck driving down to the city every few months.
     



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