I know that Brian Barrett and The Low end are no strangers to a lot of folks here but I wanted to let those who are considering luthiers to know that Brian was EXTREMELY helpful, informative and tireless in sending me pics, answering questions and going the extra mile. I'm NOT posting this to give him and Chris Benavente a shameless plug under the wire but I want to repay him/them somewhat for deciding in the end to go with another luthier and depriving them of some food for their tables... I thought Chris' work was exquisitely beautiful but in the end I'm kind of a classic traditionalist in my choice of designs and Benaventes are fairly modern-ish. So-I went another way. Anyway if you are looking for a patient (incredibly) and helpful rep who will go out of his way I recommend Brian to anyone.