luthier needed

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Aren, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. Aren


    Jul 18, 2003
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Does anyone know of a luthier from northeast Indiana- who could fix my bass? 1951 Kay that the neck is starting to seperate from the body! How long should the repair take?(Its my only bass and I am booked as far as the eye can see!)
    Thanks, in advance.
  2. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    To get to a bass-only shop, I believe you'd want Michelle Fiori at Classic Contrabass, (847) 296-2681, or Steve Reinfrank in Evanston, 847) 869-6187. You can call Estelle Parnell in Bowling Green, (419) 352-3321, Ed Ball in Toledo, (419) 382-1769, and David Griebel in Fort Wayne, 260) 424-4245. Those 3 are all string-family shops but may be closer to you. If you don't mind a drive south maybe 175 miles, there's Andy and Chris at the Cincinnati Bass Cellar, 513) 661-6224, and Nick Lloyd also in Cincy, 513-675-5709.

    Being that Kays are a cult instrument with "special needs", I'd recommend finding a bass specialist over a violin-thru-bass shop.

    As far as time to complete, you'll have to ask the shops, as their schedules can be pretty hectic right now, especially if the shop services schools that have dumped their complete inventory on them for Summertime repair. Perhaps they could rent you a suitable bass during repair?

    G/L! :)
  3. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur In Memoriam

    Mar 22, 2000
    Cape of New Jersey
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music (retired)
    Check my Luthiers Directory:

    Always happy to share, and also appreciative for any suggestions for additions.
  4. Aren


    Jul 18, 2003
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Given all the factors of the current condition of the instrument- everyone that Ive talked to said to play it until the neck comes loose, then take it in for a re-set. Which should only take a few days- if that is the only problem. Thanks for you help.