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Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Pedro C, Dec 14, 2002.
Looking for new or used DB in Boston. Know of any shops?
(All Hail) Bob Gollihur's Luthier directory lists three or four shops in MA. Check it out:
And since you've already let the cat out of the bag with this post, why not fill out your location in your profile? Good luck.
Hey Pedro. There's a real lack of good bass shops in Boston. Boston String Instruments (corner of Huntington and Gainsboro) has a few but they are pretty overpriced. How much are you looking to spend? I've seen a couple of private advertisments around town ranging from $4,000-$12,000.
My repairer, Mark Carlsen, sometimes has some instruments which people are selling. He's a square guy and a good player, too. Check the phone book for his number.
I've driven by the shop on Huntington and was planning on going in sometime. I was afraid that they'd be out of my range.
Maybe NYC isn't such a bad idea.
Thanks for the info.
Of course it is worth it to travel in this case. If all you need is a seam repair or a soundpost adjustment-well, driving 4 hrs. might be a little anal. But if your gonna spend a huge chunk of your life cradling your body around this thing its a no-brainer. Also-for repair....why wouldn't someone take a bass 2 hundred miles away if your facing a 5k restoration? Let's see--do it in town at the nitwit place...or drive 4 hrs, and get it done right?
I agree that it's worth travel to get your bass fixed right -- It's a two-hour trip from Maine to Boston to go to Mark Carlsen. But I've gotta say it's hard for me to think of Mark as a nitwit.
I sincerely hope that my above post was not taken to infer that Mark is a nitwit. He has been friendly towards me and I couldn't possibly say anything negative about him. I was just heavyhandedly commenting in general towards Ed's post. Many players just wind up going to the closest place out of convenience. In the case of buying a bass or restoring one it seems to me that travel should be way down the list in terms of priority.
I would have to second (or third...) the above opinion. Marc is great for repair but, if you are looking to buy then make the trip to NYC. There's nothing in Boston that can compare with Kolstien or Gage.
I used to live in Boston; that's where I got addicted to hide glue. Mark Carlsen is the new guy up there, and he's legit. John Styklunas does some setup and repair work, as well. All I will say about the Boston Strings shop on Huntington... spend your money somewhere else.
Check out the Nahrmann Bass Shop - he always seems to have a large number of basses around, ready to try...
I second Volker Nahrmann!
He hooked me up with my first DB, a Korean model that he sets up. He's very knowledgeable and willing to work with you at any level. He also has a very good selection of basses to choose from. Very nice guy too. He's in Billerica.