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Any good luthiers in the south?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by estesbass, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. estesbass


    Dec 6, 2004
    Nashville, TN
    I am planning on having serious work (re-glueing the bass bar, general setup, etc.) done on my upright in a month or so. I am currently living in Miami, where in my experience, all the luthiers are terrible. I really care about my bass (a great Juzek from the 50's), and I need the quality repair work of luthiers such as David Gage. If it comes down to it, I'm willing to drive to NY to get the work done, but I was wondering if there was anyone else who might be closer to me. Ronald Sachs in Atlanta perhaps? Any help is appreciated.
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    You checked (All Hail) Bob Gollihur's website? He has international listings of luthiers and strong repair shops that specialise in bass, best recollection there are some cats up around Central FL. But hell, why not e-mail James Miller over in Sarasota, see who the Symphony cats use...
  3. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    I'll say that yes Ron Sachs is a good bass luthier, a pretty meticulous kind of guy, you'd do well there. Unfortunately I don't know any others in FL, but there has to be someone.
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    From Bob's page

    FL, Altamonte Springs, Saul Cornell, 407 831 3680
    Primariy bow maker/repairs; sells new and used basses, ex-Flute player with Florida Symphony.
    Engelwood, Darkwood Music Co. info@darkwoodmusic.com • darkwoodmusic.com/mainmenu.html
    FL, Boca Raton, Kim Young, Sohlip Violins, 561-391-2669
    Bass repairs
    FL, Indian Harbour Beach, Sean Freeman, Musicians' Alliance, Inc. 407 773 1242, MUSALLIANC@aol.com
    Repairs, refinishing
    FL, Jacksonville, Dale Gosa, 904-731-0367
    bassist in the Jacksonville Symphony, works on entire string family
    FL, Jacksonville, Violin Shop, Miguel Melanchon, 904-564-9002
    Repairs, sales, rentals
    FL, Gainesville, David Forbes, 352.375.2609
    Bows only, bowmaker specializing in French bows of the Sartory design. He will also make German bows on commission.
    FL, Lake Worth, Phillips' Violins & Bows, Inc., Lake Worth, FL 33460, Maria Phillps,(561) 585-5410, Fax: (561) 586-9683www.phillipsviolins.com
    Specializing in Bows and light repair, has new and used basses etc.
    FL, Melbourne, (Space Coast), Rick Desgrange, daytime 321 773-4588 (Design Graphics Printing), evening 321 242-1021, bassman@castlegate.net
    Minor repairs, extensions, weekends only
    FL, Miami, Paris Banchetti, Luthier. 877-717-6393, 305-666-5520
    FL, No. Miami Beach, Joe Reichgott, 305 651 8895, divil1@aol.com
    works on all string instruments, specializes in Basses. Former member of FL Philharmonic Orch of FL, teaches at Miami Dade Community College, North Campus
    FL, Tampa, Port's Music, 813-971-1510, 813-971-6380 fax
    repairs, instruments, bows
    FL, Wellington, Alberti's Violins, Albert Genduso, (561) 798-0425email">ALBERTIVIO@aol.com
    Instruments, repairs, all stringed instruments
  5. Has anyone had any experience with luthiers in the Asheville NC area?
  6. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    I've met the folks at the Acoustic Corner in Black Mountain, which is close to you. The owner Tom is a bg instrument maker, and they sell and service basses in the lower price levels. It looks like Donley's, Beerman's (Bass Violin Shop), and Ron Sachs are your next closest as best I can tell.

    As always, check Golliher's list also.
  7. I have heard that Mark Richard is there now. He had a "maverick" reputation when he was in Atlanta, mostly because of his unusual bass designs, all of which were meticulously executed and excellent sounding instruments, generally one of a kind because he used no molds. He is a player as well as a builder and repairman and used to perform locally with his band, Zen Dixie. He relocated to the Asheville area a few years ago. If you ask around the craft community there, you might find him. He has nearly no footprint on the internet or at least I can't google him up.
  8. larry


    Apr 11, 2004
    I use and can recommend Saul. He's great. Everyone I know around central FL goes to him.
  9. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    I used to live in Miami.... There is a violin repair shop in Coconut Grove that does pretty good work, I think the name is Duffy's...... Lew Berryman used to do work on my bass down there, but he has left this world. Sad but his book on intonation is great. Here in Charlotte there is a guy named Tim Donley (Donley Violins) and there is a place in Greensboro called the Bass Shoppe, they both do great work.
  10. estesbass;

    please let me know where you finally go for the work on your Juzek. I live north of you (west Palm) and have also had bad luck with the Luthiers in south Florida. If you're studying with Don Coffman or Chuck Bergeron they have probably told you about Lou Berryman who worked on everyone's bass but has passed on leaving big shoes to fill. Best of luck and keep me informed of your progress.
  11. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Gear Reviewer - Bass Musician Magazine

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    I live in Asheville, and there is a guy here who is one of the finest repairmen I have ever come across. His name is Randy Hughes, he's in the phone book. His shop is out in Fairview. He made my basses play liike buttah, for real!
  12. Bob Rogers

    Bob Rogers Left is Right

    Feb 26, 2005
    Blacksburg, Virginia
    I got my first bass six weeks ago from Bob Beerman's bass shop in Greensboro. He did an excellent job on the setup and was a pleasure to deal with. The repair work was done in the front of the shop where everyone could see - a very well-kept professional looking shop.
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  13. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    You don't appear to have any double basses listed in your "gear" profile. Is there something we don't know about or did you get lost?
  14. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    There used to be a guy in the Asheville area named Tom Kelishek, but he had a debilitating stroke/anyeurism many years back. I haven't heard how is doing lately, maybe one fo you NC cats could ask around.
  15. Heifetzbass

    Heifetzbass Commercial User

    Feb 6, 2004
    Upstate, SC
    Owner, Gencarelli Bass Works and Fine String Instruments, LLC.

    Tom was like a God when I was in High School. I knew him in the late eighties- early nineties and was SO impressed by the work he did. Many people know him from the TK 92 bass that was in all the magazines. As far as I know, John Chiego still owns that bass.

    Tom is in a wheelchair and can be seen out and about sometimes. I played the last ASO concert last season and he was in attendance. It was good to see him out and about.

    We all miss his gift here in the NC/SC area.
  16. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Thanks, Brian. I got to play a Kay that he had put a spruce top on, sounded pretty sweet.

    Do you have any recommendations for a luthier in that area?
  17. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Why would you want to be Re-glueing the bass bar? If there is something wrong with it, it should be replaced. These Shop Wilfers (Juzek brand!) can have these problems often but a NEW BassBar should be fit. If the Top has sunken, this should be steamed/pressed out and then all other cracks repaired b4 putting in a New Bar. Regluing the Bar is something you might do on a Plywood Bass but a Carved Bass should get a new Bar when ever needed.
  18. Check out these two:

    Jerry Pasewicz in Raleigh
    Bob Beerman's shop in Greensboro
  19. I finally ran into Mark Richard at a recent music festival and he is now located in Mr. Airy, North Carolina. He claims he is "retired" but I watched him repair a loose brace and cracked top on a folk guitar for one of the festival attendees while we chatted. If you are interested he gave me his number and told me it was OK to pass it along. If you PM me I'll send it to you.

    In Georgia there are many luthiers in the Atlanta area. George Hofer in Savannah (George sold Edgar Meyers the Gabrielli) was restoring two basses when I last talked to him. Last Saturday I had coffee with Bill (some may know him as Emile) Baran in Decatur and his current luthier has been with him a while now and does excellent work. Baran's is in downtown Decatur and has been in business since the end of WWII. While Baran's supplies all sorts of stringed instruments (it's the only shop where I've seen an authentic violone complete with the tied on frets and an archlute) it generally has a number of DB's in stock. A number of the local jazz players recommend Edward Svetlovsky for bass luthiery. Edward is in Norcross. Also there is Roland Huthmaker in Duluth. I believe his son is the luthier in that shop and this is also a well respected shop. And there is Ron Sachs, who I personally know little about, but have heard only good. Another recommendation from one of my jazz buddies is Tom Thorsen (Atlanta-area). I've probably left some out;- no offense intended.

    George Hofer is generally considered the "man" in Georgia for double basses. He certainly has the seniority and the life long experience and was also a symphony player. I don't think he'll ever retire and that's probably a good thing.
  20. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    Emory Clements is in the Atlanta area. He has built two basses and done some nice repairs on basses of mine and of Thomas Martin's. emoryclements@hotmail.com