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#1 Clarky

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:19 PM

South London (Clapham): Laurence Dixon

Laurence did some great work on my Kolstein bass and is a talented luthier (he made the Ray Brown DB replica for Ronny Scotts) as well as a very amiable guy. He is hard to track down though as he doesn't have a website and I had to find his details circuitously. So in case anyone in London needs his skills (especially now that Malcolm Healey is semi-retrired and moved out of the M25 - see below), here are his contact details:

Laurence Dixon
78 Rectory Grove
Clapham Old Town
London SW4 0ED

Tel 07947 377520

Surrey (Boxhill): Malcolm Healey

Malcolm is (I believe) more attuned to making his own instruments these day, having semi-retired, but will still do repair/setup jobs etc

Website with contact details: http://www.healeyvio....uk/contact.php

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:47 PM

I couldn't agree more, laurence is a lovely fella and a great luthier.
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:57 PM

Hopefully all you DB-playing BCers will chip in with recommended luthiers across the UK (and further) so that this thread becomes an easy-to-consult list should anyone on BC need work doing on their DB or EUB :)

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:07 PM

Somerset/Wiltshire (Frome): Martin Penning

Studio 8, The Silk Mill,
Merchants Barton
Saxonvale, Frome,
Somerset
BA11 3PT

07810 890 108

http://www.mpenning-...er/welcome.html

The nearest DB Luthier to me is the venerable Martin Penning and I hope to contact him later this year to have a new bridge fitted and possibly with Fishman Full circle.

Martin is based in Frome, in Somerset, but close to the Wiltshire border and should cover the 'South-West' area.

For DB set-ups in the Salisbury area, I have used Nick Marchant http://www.guitarrepairsuk.com/ who, although mainly a guitar luthier, was reliable and did a good job!

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:52 PM

If you can find Roger Dawson, you won't go wrong he is a master, and very reasonably priced in my experience. Last time he did work on my bass it was in Greenwich.
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:01 PM

Just an thought - would be a good idea to perhaps follow Clarky's format to make it easy to find Luthiers by area.
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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:45 AM

SE London/ Kent

Malcolm Tysoe Ltd
8-10 Church Road
Farnborough
Kent
BR6 7DB

http://www.tysoe-mus.../contact_us.htm

I used him last week to fix a dodgy fingerboard - seems to know his stuff , and quite cheap as well !

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:33 AM

SE London Kent

Colin Cross
Deal Violins
27, Gilford Road, Deal, Kent CT14 7DJ
T: +44 (0) 1304 373 111
M: +44 (0) 7971 924 929
http://www.dealviolins.com/

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:53 AM

Peterborough Cambridgeshire

Simon Watkin Violins
2 North Green
Coates
Peterborough PE7 2BQ
http://www.watkin-violins.co.uk/

A few miles outside Peterborough. Great for DB repairs / set-ups and very reasonably priced.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:31 PM

Laurence is brilliant!

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:36 PM

Bristol:

Bristol Violin Shop
12 Upper Maudlin Street,
Bristol, BS2 8DJ

http://bristol-violin-shop.co.uk/

(The website is under construction at the moment, so not a lot to see there)

These guys did a fantastic job on my 60s East German ply - they sanded three dents out of the back of the neck, reshaped the neck, full fingerboard shoot and also threw in a bridge re-shape for free.

Very friendly, quick and reasonable.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 07:49 PM

Maidenhead, Berkshire

Peter Tyler - really nice guy, sold me my German Blonde and a copy of his book: 'About the Double Bass - A Players Guide'.

1 Oak Stubbs Lane
Dorney Reach
Berkshire
Maidenhead
SL6 0DW

Phone Number: 01628 621 560

eMail: peter@tylerbasses.demon.co.uk
http://www.tylerbasses.co.uk

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 09:59 AM

Lincolnshire, Lincoln


Steep Hill Strings - Andrew Sutherland

Studio 3
Harding House
Steep Hill
Lincoln
LN2 1LT




http://www.sutherlandviolin.com/
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Posted 25 May 2013 - 08:24 AM

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Clive Wilkinson luthier at:-

Turner Violins
1-5 Lily Grove, Beeston,
Nottingham, NG9 1QL
0115 943 0333

http://www.turnerviolins.co.uk/

Clive is an expert luthier.
The only downside is that like anyone who is any good, he has always got a good number of instruments already booked in for repairs /set up !

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:32 AM

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:50 AM

Brighton & Hove

Vincent Purcell - http://www.oldviolins.co.uk/

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:49 PM

View PostClarky, on 12 April 2013 - 12:19 PM, said:


Surrey (Boxhill): Malcolm Healey

Malcolm is (I believe) more attuned to making his own instruments these day, having semi-retired, but will still do repair/setup jobs etc

Website with contact details: http://www.healeyvio....uk/contact.php

http://healeybasses....bass-repair.php
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Posted 05 June 2013 - 08:26 PM

Mid Wales and Marches, http://www.timsviolins.co.uk/

Tim Phillips - although website says violins etc, he will do DB work. Repaired the neck that my father kindly snapped off for me. Great job, sorted bridge, finish damage, setup soundpost and manufactured a new ebony fillet for neck join. All in price was unbelievably low, have paid same for bass setup, fret recrown and small crack repair.

A great guy to chat instruments with.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 05:42 PM

View Post3below, on 05 June 2013 - 08:26 PM, said:

Mid Wales and Marches, http://www.timsviolins.co.uk/

Tim Phillips - although website says violins etc, he will do DB work. Repaired the neck that my father kindly snapped off for me. Great job, sorted bridge, finish damage, setup soundpost and manufactured a new ebony fillet for neck join. All in price was unbelievably low, have paid same for bass setup, fret recrown and small crack repair.

Also sells a carbon fibre DB bow in both French and German styles made in the Far East to his own design. Tried one at Beverley FF and is on my "To buy" list for this summer. His bowshop is here

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:48 AM

Peter Hall in Beverley, East Ridings

Peter does really nice work, is a great guy, and is very affordable.

http://www.peterhall...ts/contact.html

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 12:30 PM

Peter Messenger

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5 Lower Byfield
Monks Eleigh
Ipswich
IP7 7JJ

www.mestrings.co.uk

Peter is a violin maker and restorer and is happy to do repairs on violas cellos and basses. He reattached the back to my German 70s plywood bass, fitted a new endpin, recut the nut, repositioned the soundpost and lowered and thinned the bridge. The bass now plays better than it ever has. Turn around was really quick and the price was extremely reasonable. And he is a really nice guy. Highly recommended.
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Posted 11 January 2014 - 10:29 AM

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Thwaites
33 Chalk Hill
Watford
WD19 4BL

01923 232412

www.thwaites.com

I know folks from all over who have used them for years...

btw I am sure Malcolm is not retired - i think he just closed the shop & works from home.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:40 PM

Anyone recommend a good DB luthier in Cardiff?
I just fancy a set-up, maybe lower the action a tad, and general check-over for my bass

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 01:53 PM

+1 for Malcolm Tysoe, great service and very reasonable price. Recommended

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:06 AM

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Koplin Violins
1b Wolsley Street,
York, YO10 5BQ
Tel: 01904 659953
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Posted 14 April 2014 - 03:43 PM

View PostClarky, on 12 April 2013 - 12:19 PM, said:

South London (Clapham): Laurence Dixon

Laurence did some great work on my Kolstein bass and is a talented luthier (he made the Ray Brown DB replica for Ronny Scotts) as well as a very amiable guy. He is hard to track down though as he doesn't have a website and I had to find his details circuitously. So in case anyone in London needs his skills (especially now that Malcolm Healey is semi-retrired and moved out of the M25 - see below), here are his contact details:

Laurence Dixon
78 Rectory Grove
Clapham Old Town
London SW4 0ED

Tel 07947 377520


Just dropped my bass off with Laurence and thought I'd update with his new workshop address:


3a Princes Close
Clapham Old Town
London
SW40LG

His email is laurence@bassplace.orangehome.co.uk

Edited by Hector, 14 April 2014 - 03:44 PM.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 03:23 PM

I Just got my Bass back from Tom, all work carried out in good time and less than the price originally quoted.
If you arrive by train he will probably meet you at the station and transport both you and the Bass to the workshop.
He works on all stringed instruments.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 02:12 PM

For anybody in Ireland needing a luthier my cousin, Tom Barrett has a shop in Galway.

The Double Bass Workshop
39 The Elms
College Road
Forster Street
Galway
http://doublebassireland.com/index.php
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Posted 28 May 2014 - 08:49 AM

Wells, Somerset

http://www.johnsyden...ydenham_Luthier

John did a great job of setting up my starter bass.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 08:52 PM

Sam Wells. Altrincham, South West Manchester area. 07742 600748.

Great guy-Knows his DB. Recommended.





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