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Recommend a luthier in Seattle?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by kittyboy, Apr 9, 2009.


  1. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Nothing major, just need my sound post adjusted...

    Suggestions?
     
  2. RD

    RD

    Jun 17, 2003
    Seattle, WA
  3. Nathan Parker

    Nathan Parker

    Oct 10, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    You could also try Sara Balmforth or Tom Barrett. Tom spends half his year in Ireland, so he's not back until summer, but Sara is here all the time and is quite good.
     
  4. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks you guys.

    I also need a re-hair on my german bow.

    Further recommendations/input? I've never had work done up here...
     
  5. thudstaff23

    thudstaff23

    Mar 10, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Eric at Emerald City Guitars downtown is excellent, and there is the Mike Lull shop in Bellevue.
     
  6. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks Thud.

    I'd like someone who at least specializes in URB, ideally someone who works on URB exclusively, ie, not bass guitars or perhaps even violins.
     
  7. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Not all who wander are lost...but some are.
     
  8. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    I've seen Sara's set-up work and she's very good. I've also heard good things about The Bass Church. H-A does good work but they're usually backed up...

    TROIKA?
     
  9. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Does anyone have contact info for Sara Balmforth or Ken Larson? The link to Ken's website no longer works. Ken is in Edmonds? Where is Sara?

    I'm looking to get a quote on installing bridge adjusters and maybe refitting the bass foot on a bridge. I emailed HA, but they won't give a quote unless I bring the bass in. I'd love to find a place that is closer (and cheaper) than HA.
     
  10. jlilley

    jlilley

    Aug 28, 2005
    Mill Creek, WA
    Aaron,
    If you are in Bellingham, I'd consider a short hop across the border to Jake. He does great work and is a hell of a nice guy. I'll look for Sarah's number (she is in North Seattle) and send it in a PM if you'd rather get the work done in down here.
    Cheers,
    John
     
  11. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I'm pretty sure Crescent Beach is about 5 hours away from Bellingham. I have a regular gig about 5 minutes away from Sarah.
     
  12. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Hey Aaron, Crescent Beach is about 25 minutes from Bellingham, not including border waits, but if you time it right the border can be 10 minutes. I'm in Bellingham about once a month for one reason or another.

    Sarah's good too, I'm just sayin'... ;)
     
  13. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Isn't there also a Crescent Beach on Okanagan Lake?

    I'll have to stop by your shop in the future - I've been meaning to be a bit more active in the greater Vancouver area.

    Feel free to shoot me a PM if you're ever down in Bellingham playing a show or hanging out. Lately, I've been playing shows in town most nights of the week with a wide variety of folks.
     
  14. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Hey you're right, there is a Crescent Beach there! We're just north of White Rock on Boundary Bay, ten minutes from Blaine.
     
  15. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I'm in Semiahmoo about once a month -- which is a swim to White Rock.
     
  16. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Well, swim on over and I'll make you a cup of coffee! ;)
     
  17. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I'm playing Semiahmoo tomorrow, but I'm playing a long wedding before it. Making a trip is on my agenda, but I'm not sure if I'm going to have a whole day of free time this summer. Sometimes the border take 5 minutes, but it takes 1-2 hours just often enough that going into Canada really has to be a whole day commitment for me. Out of curiosity - would it be possible or likely to get a couple rib cracks patched during a day trip?
     
  18. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    If they're cracks that I can get some linen onto through the f-holes, I don't see why not.

    The border is reliably quick in the middle of the day, the rest of the time I use these handy websites: Northbound - WSDOT Canadian Border Traffic - I-5: Peace Arch Park and Southbound - Government of British Columbia - Border Crossing Advanced Traveller Information System

    All that said, I'm usually at Long & McQuade on Fridays and Saturdays... ;)
     

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