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Brubaker fire

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brad Johnson, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    I got a call from Kevin B. this morning... his shop burned down around 2am or so. I stopped by and it looks like pretty much a total loss. I'll update as I get further info.
  2. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    :eek: :( :bawl:

    That is horrible. I hope he had good insurance at least, however much comfort that could bring.
  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    He's insured, not sure how that'll cover the custom tools, templates, etc. he's developed over the years.
  4. wow that terrible.
    Hopefully he had stored extra templates and CAD drawings off site (and was well insured).
    Sheldon Dingwall's shop burned down about 2yrs ago, i know it took him a while to get up and running again.
    I wish mr Brubaker the best in getting back on his feet
  5. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    Wow, what a shame. Kevin is a great guy and I hope he's able to get back on his feet quickly.
  6. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Actually, the fire was in 1996 and it apparently took 16 months to get the shop up and running again.

    It is terrible to hear about Brubaker. I hope everything works out for the best for him.

  7. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    WInter Garden, FL
    Brad, please pass along the thoughts of the Bass Central contingent, we hope he gets back up to speed quickly, and that no one was hurt. I hope it doesn't put him out of business, he makes incredible instruments, and the bass world would be a smaller place without his work in it.
  8. wow, very sorry to hear, pass along words from the whole TB community!

    best of luck:meh: :)
  9. brake


    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    I dont know who it is nor am I familiar with his basses but from the sounds of things he really knows what he's doing, and people really like his stuff. I'd be heartbroken if it were me, so send my sympathies if possisble
  10. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    That's a terrible shame. I hope that he can get back on his feet with the help of his customers.
  11. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    my heart sank when i heard this.

    thoughts goin' back east for Kevin, family and crew!

  12. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    even if i have never played a Brubaker (but i have admired many pics of great looking Brubaker basses) I am very sad by this bad news.

    if possible pass my thoughts to the staff. hope to see them running again ASAP.
  13. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    oh, man!! i read the title of the thread and though to myself.. "NO!!"-
    that is just horrible!! i cant imagine how he must feel right now- please send him my best wishes -- hope everyone was safe and im so sorry to her about this....:(
  14. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    If there is anything I can do to help let me know.

    ALSO, if anybody was considering ordering a bass from him, contact him about giving him a deposit now, but don't ask for a deadline. That extra cash boom would really help him cover any out of pocket cost that his insurance he has doesn't cover.

  15. that is really aweful :( I hope no one was hurt and that he is able to recover from this. Brubaker makes awesome stuff and it would be a huge loss if he had to stop making his instruments. my condolences and best wishes.
  16. basses55

    basses55 Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    Endorsing Artist: Alleva Coppolo Basses and Guitars, FBass, Olinto Basses, Bergantino Audio Systems
    So sorry to hear this....he's a super nice guy and makes some really nice stuff. I hope he can get back as soon a possible and people continue to support him and his work even through this tough time!
  17. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com

    Talked to Chris Benavente earlier and told him about the Thread. He said to make sure to have you pass on the Kevin that if there is anything we could do to help to just let us know!
  18. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    well, i dont know in what capacity i might be able to help- but i am definitely offering, if there's ANYTHING i can do-
  19. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Truly a sad turn of events.
    Please pass along my hopes for a quick and full recovery of the Brubaker line.

    Also, if I can help out, please let me know.
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Thanks, I'll point Kevin in this thread's direction, he recently joined TB. I talked to him at length today and he's looking at "how" to get restarted, definitely no intention of not continuing. I'm sure he'll appreciate everything about this thread. He has a lot of people pulling for him and that always helps.

    It happened in the middle of the night so no one was hurt, it basically amounts to property damage but for those of you who build I think you can almost imagine what it's like to lose not only current work but the years put into developing and refining system. Just about everything. Of course the important stuff, like experience, isn't lost.

    Might actually be a good wake-up call to others to protect themselves, keep duplicates offsite and just generally be prepared for whatever life throws in front of you.

    I think he'll be fine. Thanks.