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Luthier in Chicago?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Eilif, Oct 25, 2001.


  1. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Does anyone know of a good luthier in Chicago?One where I could bring a bass I am considering purchasing to be appraised/inspected and then setup upon purchase. I want a good luthier, but I don't want to spend a fortune.
    Also, do most luithers charge for inspection and appraisal of basses?
    One more thing, is it pronounced "luther" or "lutheeur"?
     
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Chicago's a big place. What area, and are you willing to drive?
     
  3. Expect to pay $125-150 for an appraisal.
    I have a Chicago name at my office, does work for CSO and DSO. Tomorrow.
     
  4. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Perhaps I should mention that it's only a '95 engelhardt that I am going to pick up for around $700. A real appraisal isn't necessary, just an assessment of what a setup will entail/cost.

    I live downtown, and have access to a car if needed.
     
  5. dhosek

    dhosek

    May 25, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    I bought my Engelhardt at Kagan & Gaines out in Forest Park & was very happy with their setup work. I've had additional setup done on the bass at A440 in Roscoe Village (I had him install a realist pickup and sell me a wheel & quiver) & been happy with the work done there as well.

    I was more than a little underwhelmed by the setup work done by the people at Evanston Band & Orchestra.

    It appears that Abbey Strings/The Bass Place in the Music Mart is closed now.

    -dh
     
  6. I got the name of Scott Henrie from members of the Chicago and Detroit Symphonies. I got him at ###-###-####. This number is different from the number listed in (All Hail) Bob Gollihur's directory of luthiers. Bob's list has 4 or 5 from Chicago, 1 from Des Plaines.
    Since that was his home number, I'll post his shop #: 773-743-8738
     
  7. AlexFeldman

    AlexFeldman

    Jun 18, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    That's Scott Henri's home number, btw, Don. I couldn't get a hold of him today so I decided to go with A440 - their number is 773-348-4949.

    Hey, if any of you Chicago area guys have some time to kill today or tomorrow, I need to get my bass from the loop to A440, and as a poor college student I am without wheels. If someone would be nice enough to give me a ride up there, I would pay your gas money. If you can help me email me at flexaeldman@hotmail.com or call at (312) 953-9617. Thanks!
     
  8. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Tell me more about A440. Where on Roscoe is it?
    would they be able to check-out/setup an engelhardt for a reasonable price?
     
  9. AlexFeldman

    AlexFeldman

    Jun 18, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I don't too much about it - I've never actually been there. A friend of mine lives near the bass repairman there, so he gave it to him for me.

    I believe you can find them on the web. It's basically a huge shop with tons of string stuff. They're good. My teacher trusts them, and that's enough for me.
     
  10. JAS

    JAS

    Jul 3, 2001
    California
    I live in chicago and scott henrie is a good luthier. he is very helpfull and willing to take the time to help you out and do a good job. he can be hard to get a hold of sometimes though. if you leave a message on his machine he always gets back to you. a440 is cool too, but scott is better and nicer to deal with.
     
  11. dhosek

    dhosek

    May 25, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    A440 is at something in the order of 2200 W Roscoe. (yeah, I know an imprecise address is sucky for people like me carting a bass w/o a car).

    Incidentally, speaking of moving a bass around w/o a car, let me just say that I've had uniformly good experiences taking mine on the bus and L. Of course if I wanted to be truly insane, some day I'll have to strap my double gig bag with my bass guitars on my back while schlepping the db and may be get a radio flyer to lug the amp in. That'd make an interesting sight for the passersby.

    -dh
     
  12. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Perhaps I should focus my question.
    How much should I expect to pay at A440 for a setup?
     
  13. JAS

    JAS

    Jul 3, 2001
    California
    i am not sure what A440 would charge you for a set up, but I know that scott would charge about $20.
     
  14. That could only cover the cost of properly placing the existing soundpost and the existing bridge. Beyond that, expect to pay.
     
  15. dhosek

    dhosek

    May 25, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, by coincidence, my bridge broke yesterday, so I'm getting a new one put on at A440 (if only because it's a six block walk from the church where the bridge snapped & I left the bass there knowing that).

    Cost for a new bridge: $275.

    This does change my financial plans for November somewhat...

    -dh
     
  16. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    The answer is simple: join in the discussions, give some free advice, get some free advice, make a few stupid jokes, listen to couple hundred stupid jokes....in short, if you're a part of the hang, no one will care. As spam-conscious as everyone here on this board is, if you only post for business purposes, you'll actually end up advertising against your business instead of for it.

    Welcome to TB - come join in the fun.