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Virginia's Thomas Wolf... Luthier...

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by DrayMiles, Jun 29, 2020.


  1. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I bought this bass from Carlos Henriquez in 2017. It was in pieces and had obviously been through some traumatic events, but it's almost finished... And I'm impressed with Thomas Wolf's work. We estimate that it was made around 1880. Hadley-Ray interior 2018-01-01 00.00.00-263.jpeg IMG_8116.JPG IMG_8117.JPG IMG_8118.JPG IMG_8173.JPG IMG_8179.JPG Here are some pictures of before and after...


    This is where we are now...

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  2. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I am surprised at the transformation... If anyone has any opinions on French or German, etc. please comment... I've heard from Mr. Wolf and Ken Smith...
    I'm putting on Solo strings, Graphite endpin, and a new bridge...
     
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  3. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Tom is an incredible craftsman and an exceptionally nice person.
     
  4. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Yes, he is... And he really is a miracle worker. He said getting it was a good deal... and it was, even with the money I’ve put in so far...
     
  5. Some suggestions of French -

    Wider upper bouts
    Some raised carved edges in the upper front
    The way that the middle bout blocks are so nicely finished to blend in with the shapes of the ribs (yet the top and bottom blocks are very chunky??)

    If only the bass could speak and answer questions.........
     
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  6. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Thank you sir,
    Mr. Wolf told me that he believes it’s French. I do find it interesting that it was in pieces when I got it. I’ll have to ask Henriquez if he knows anything else about it. I’m taking a chance that it will sound good. I took a leap of faith, but boy... It sure looks pretty now... I guess the top being in 3 pieces and off the body was a good thing. Since it costs some serious dough for luthiers to take it off. :)
     
  7. There's a French bass forum on FB, should you be interested in asking for opinions there...
     
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  8. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Really?? Thank you for letting me know!
     
  9. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Umm... Could you post a link please?
     

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