I was lucky enough to visit yesterday with ace southern California doublebass luthier Jason Brown in his relatively new work home at The Guitar Shoppe in Laguna Niguel, California. A lively and bright group of people all pull together as one happy team there. Jason has quietly built a performance tested reputation as one of a very few top flight repair and custom setup doublebass luthiers based in southern California. We got a chance to talk over lunch a wide variety of bass repair and customizing procedures that he uses to full effect for professional and amateur players alike. I was very impressed with the C extension and raised tailpiece saddle that he had made for one of the basses in the shop for some performance tuneups. A quietly confident person with a great sense of humor, Jason brings many years of playing and luthier experience to this fine jazz oriented guitar shop. The orchestral players and jazz bassists that frequent the shop dovetail easily into the good energy there. I look forward to another visit and will drop off some bass work for him on my next visit to southern California.