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Graham's String Shop in Arlington, TX

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Monte, May 29, 2005.

  1. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    Just a quick plug for luthier David Graham. When my unattended Solano Klotz met with a bandstand accident that I didn't catch on Mother's Day (no idea what happened), I opened the case to find a broken tuner key and scroll damage. I think someone banged a chair into it after my brunch gig.

    At any rate, I never could get in touch with my local luthier Rocky Werning, which really worries me.

    I called David, as I had been in his shop before to check out basses while on gigs in Dallas.

    The coolest thing is that he has a retired aircraft machinist working with him. His machinist was able to drill out the screw from the tuner and machine a new one (check the pic I attach to see the damage). The tuner is stronger than before it was broken.

    David fixed the scroll damage and you can't even tell it was there. He also readjusted the bridge while it was in.

    If you're ever in Texas, stop in. He has some good basses, and he is just a nice guy than can talk about basses all day. He and his dad have played around DFW for years (apparently his dad was on almost every commercial jingle ever done in that area for decades). I played his dad's OLD Juzek, which David said is the oldest one he has personally seen (a 1912). Set up with old gut strings, it was a cannon.

    He also has a bass in there on consignment that could have won the A.S.S.E.S. on fire ugliness contest. It is a 100 yr old+ Bohemian/ Tyrolean bass owned since 1951 by a local jazz player who is retiring and no longer playing. What it lacked in looks it made up for in amazing sound.

    David's machinist is also coming up with his own inventive bass products. He showed me some adjusters made of a polycarbonate material that was used to reduce high-freq. vibrations on jets. He swore to David that it would get rid of wolfs. David was skeptical on how he could know that, but it has been successful 4 of 4 times he has tried it on basses with bad wolfs. It is a nice looking black and turns very easily.

    He will be working on a new endpin/ wheel design, as well as some other stuff.

    Cool place, good workmanship, and I'm a very happy customer.

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  2. FidgetStone


    Jun 30, 2002
    Allen, TX
    Agreed! David is a great guy. I bought my hybrid Christopher from him little over a year ago and he did a great set up on it.

    Highly recommended for anyone in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. :oops:
  3. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    So, now that I'm back in the DFW area, my Solano has an open seam/easy repair.

    David Graham's website is not active nor is my last phone number working. Anyone know if he is still around? Suggestions in Arlington area? The Gollihur luthier directory doesn't list anyone else in DFW other than a violin shop in Richardson which is sort of a haul.
  4. Why not do it yourself?
  5. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    A simple repair, but given that I'm not handy nor do I have the tools or hide glue I'd prefer to have someone else do it.

    And when I say I'm not handy, I'm not exaggerating. I'm REALLY not handy.

    Would also be a good chance to find someone local should something bigger come up.
  6. Pff. If you can make Jell-O you can prepare and use hide glue, and hardware store clamps are cheap and effective. Granted, my grandfather was an inventor and I got the gene, but nobody's born handy. It's acquired.
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  7. Stephenw56

    Stephenw56 Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2012
    New York, New York
    David Graham now works at Brook May's. If you call any of the stores, they can probably direct you to where he is
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  8. robobass


    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    Some people can't make Jello. Is there still Jello?
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  9. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
  10. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    Oh wow this worked out perfect. THe BRook Mays he is at is right by my house. Gonna get with him tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!

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