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#31 Marc S

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:14 AM

Hi folks,

Anyone know if there's a DB luthier who can supply me with a Centre Screw for a Strunal Tuner?
One has dropped out of my David Gage bass, and apparently, the tuners are made by Strunal...
Any ideas folks?

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 12:29 PM

I can highly recommend Martyn Bailey:

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 08:45 PM

Edward Gaut based in Brislington, Bristol has just done some work on my DB (including new bridge, sound post, set up, putting on new strings etc). I dropped the bass off on Tuesday night and it was all done by this evening.

A lovely guy who also makes his own stunning violins, violas and cellos. Very reasonably priced and happy to talk you through the intricacies and foibles of stringed instruments.

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 11:11 PM

Update for the 1st post on this thread by Clarky... website details for Laurence Dixon in Clapham, London are as follows : www.LaurenceDixon.com

* Cheers for the recommendation Clarky - I've taken my bass to Laurence & although he's not done yet, am very confident in his skills... his workshop is amazing :)

One thing I would say about Laurence is : he's does Double Basses ONLY & plays bass... he's not a violin guy, taking on Double Bass work - I think it's important to mention he is a bass only expert... so he will probably have more knowledge than a violin technician who has double bass skills. Helped me think about a few things which a 'general orchestral stringed instrument' luthier might not have thought about or have as detailed knowledge of : it's like the playground fight of guitarists claiming they can play bass !! There are huge similarities - but also certain things that are very different...

One thing I learnt after visiting Laurence is : it's certainly worth considering 'are they double bass exclusive?' when choosing a luthier :blink:

UPDATE AFTER WORKS : Laurence did a cracking job & at a good rate considering he's based in central London - price was less painful than I expected. Highly recommended & he's a nice, straight forward guy to deal with.

Edited by Paul Galbraith, 05 April 2015 - 11:15 PM.

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 04:21 PM

Haven't seen him mentioned yet so if you looking in kent jerome is superb luthier and player.

www.jeromedavies.com/

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 03:23 PM

Hi,

I am looking for an upright bass Luthier in South Devon or Cornwall to replace or shoot the fingerboard on an upright with a bowed neck. So far I have not been able to find anyone?
recommendations?

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 02:36 PM

Has anyone had any work done by Samuel Wells, he recently moved Manchester?, I need my neck re-angled and slightly shortened and some edging and purfling re-do. I'm also contemplating a C extension
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Posted 26 October 2015 - 11:41 PM

Just discovered a crack on the rib of my double bass - gutted :(

I'm in Leeds... have previously used Laurence Dixon as a luthier who is great (but is in London).

Can anyone recommend a good luthier in Yorkshire ? I've found www.KoplinViolins.co.uk on this thread in York... also www.ViolinMan.co.uk in Harrogate. I frequent Harrogate, so tempted to give that chap a go...

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Fender P-Bass with crazy hand painted multi-colour design - La Bella 0760M 1954 Original Deep Talkin' Flatwound strings : 52-110. 'James Jamerson' specification
Ibanez Artcore AFB200 - Semi-Acoustic with Flatwounds. Good bass for noodling unplugged while watching TV.
Modulus Quantum 6 String Fretted - customised the battery cover so it's magnetic :) Great bass, but bloody thing needed screwdrivers to access battery !
OverWater 6 String Fretless - Custom, thru-neck & was daft enough to get unlined... eventually had lines put in 10 years after purchase to make it usable !

Status Shark 4 string - with piccolo strings (D'Addario), thought I'd try 'em after seeing Ray Riendeau shredding on piccolo string. Great fun & good for jazz soloing :)
Yamaha Silent Bass - SLB200
MusicMan 5 string - with piezo pickup,
Kala U-Bass - Fretless

Just need a vintage 4 string Fender Jazz in Candy Apple Red & collection is complete (for now !) - message me if your flogging one.

Amplification
PJB Flightcase - has speakers on top which push sound to your ear like a monitor... good for upright bass sound as well. Got custom hardcase for it. (Gigging Amp)
PJB Bass Cub - size of a shoebox !! Great amp for mini rehersals & to use if travelling on the tube in London
Trace Elliot GP7 SM - 150W, 1x15" speaker (amp for Home use while Giggling amp remains in hardcase)

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 07:54 AM

View PostPaul Galbraith, on 26 October 2015 - 11:41 PM, said:

Just discovered a crack on the rib of my double bass - gutted :(

I'm in Leeds... have previously used Laurence Dixon as a luthier who is great (but is in London).

Can anyone recommend a good luthier in Yorkshire ? I've found www.KoplinViolins.co.uk on this thread in York... also www.ViolinMan.co.uk in Harrogate. I frequent Harrogate, so tempted to give that chap a go...

Cheers :blink:

Peter Hall in Beverley http://www.peterhallviolins.com/

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 12:11 PM

Guys just to let you know that Laurence Dixon has moved shop out to Herne Hill (very close to the station). New address is 123 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill.

Excitingly, he also has a number of lovely medium-range (£5000-£7000 ish) hungarian basses for sale which, in my opinion, are rather underpriced compared to some other places!

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 10:03 PM

Anyone have any experience of http://thedoublebassroom.com/ ?

I have a friend fancying something there and she just wants to make sure he is ok.
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Posted 23 January 2016 - 07:47 PM

View Postowen, on 22 January 2016 - 10:03 PM, said:

Anyone have any experience of http://thedoublebassroom.com/ ?

I have a friend fancying something there and she just wants to make sure he is ok.

I've not had any direct experience, but Ben has been selling DBs for quite a few years both on eBay and on Musical Chairs without any negativity that I'm aware of and he does have 100% feedback with a 201 score. I have been quite tempted on a few occasions as he does have quality DBs in terms of they all seem to be ex-orchestral or jazz imported from Europe (mainly Eastern) as opposed to ply DBs.

I don't think there's anything to lose other than a long journey to Hildenborough, so long as you have a rough idea what you are looking for and listening to. He does have to make a profit, but he seems up for cash deals. If I wanted to replace my 2nd DB with a higher quality instrument in the £2k - £5k, I would definitely pay a visit!

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:05 PM

Thanks Phil. The good news is that my friend lives 2 miles away so she will likely just pop in :)
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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:37 PM

View Postowen, on 22 January 2016 - 10:03 PM, said:

Anyone have any experience of http://thedoublebassroom.com/ ?

I have a friend fancying something there and she just wants to make sure he is ok.
I bought a cheaper bass from him (a somewhat battered but charismatic Hungarian solid top) and I liked him a lot - he seemed to be very much in it for the love of the instrument and he's very straightforward to deal with. It also looks like pretty much the only place in the country where you could try out five or ten interesting basses for under £4k in one morning. At some point soon I'm going to go down there and buy myself a nice solid wood bass - he's got a couple at the moment that I would love to try.

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 03:45 PM

Thanks Joe, I have copied and pasted both responses to her so she knows that he is sound :)
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Posted 25 January 2016 - 10:08 AM

View Postowen, on 24 January 2016 - 03:45 PM, said:

Thanks Joe, I have copied and pasted both responses to her so she knows that he is sound :)

Tell her to bring a tuner, I went round recently & every one of the basses ranged from a couple of tones to a full fifth flat! Spent more time tuning than playing, not good. Keep in mind too that most have got rubbish strings so it's difficult to tell how they actually sound. He seems like a nice guy though.

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:35 AM

View Postchrkelly, on 25 January 2016 - 10:08 AM, said:

Tell her to bring a tuner, I went round recently & every one of the basses ranged from a couple of tones to a full fifth flat! Spent more time tuning than playing, not good. Keep in mind too that most have got rubbish strings so it's difficult to tell how they actually sound. He seems like a nice guy though.

Thanks again.

I hate to embarrass you on a public forum but the downtuned ones are meant to be like that. They are for Metal :)
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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:51 AM

View Postowen, on 25 January 2016 - 11:35 AM, said:



Thanks again.

I hate to embarrass you on a public forum but the downtuned ones are meant to be like that. They are for Metal :)

Awesome! :)

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 08:13 PM

A quick update - I succumbed to temptation and drove down to Ben's in Kent yesterday (www.thedoublebassroom.com), coming away with a lovely 1970s violin-cornered bass. I was able to play at least five basses for £3k or under and had a hard time deciding between them; there were some really characterful instruments and the prices seemed very reasonable to me.
Anyway, there were a couple there that I didn't buy but which someone needs to snap up - an 1880s German flatback that looks like a barn find on the outside but has an amazingly subtle, rich tone (apparently fully restored inside and recently set up); and a scrumptious-looking busetto that was a bit beyond my price range but looked absolutely fabulous.

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 07:39 PM

I have just collected my Bryant from Laurence Dixon. I was never completely happy with it, having got through all sorts of pickups and speakers to get a decent sound. It is such a sweet bass that I was determined to try to sort it. Laurence has done an amazing job on it, new bridge and adjusters, fingerboard plane, new sound post and some other small tweaks. All within a two-week window and at a reasonable cost. I am very happy that the Bryant has been rescued.

And yes, those Hungarian basses are very good value and nice basses. Highly recommended.
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Posted 27 February 2016 - 07:52 PM

I am happy with my bass and have had no DB GAS for 20 years. But sometimes I wonder if it is tweakable. Luthier GAS!
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Posted 16 July 2016 - 01:49 PM

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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

You get real old fashioned professional service from Peter. He can't do enough for you — it's more like visiting a family member than a shop! Really impressed by the quality of his work, the advice I've had and his prices. All round splendid fella.
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 10:50 AM

I'll add a recommendation for Sam wells
Just had my bass back with a new C extension
Sam has done an awesome job!!!

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:54 AM

Popped in for my roughly annual bass MOT at Laurence Dixon's place. Lovely work as ever.

As well as his mid range Hungarian basses, he's now doing chinese basses, which he imports and then sets up himself - planing the board, new bridge etc. They're priced at £1000 - not bad considering any £500 bass would need about £500 of set up to be a decent player! He also has a January sale on, so they're at £800 :)

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 09:31 PM

I'd like to add a recommendation for Nick Benjamin based in Lewes, East Sussex

info@benjaminguitars.co.uk

Very helpful guy, was willing to take a look at my EUB when I was struggling to find someone locally who could sort out the problem even though it appeared to electrical.

Nick quickly diagnosed and solved the issue. Worth keeping in mind if you live in the Sussex area..

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