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Clarky

DB luthiers thread

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[u][b]South London (Clapham): Laurence Dixon[/b][/u]

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

[u][b]Surrey (Boxhill): Malcolm Healey[/b][/u]

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.healeyviolins.co.uk/contact.php

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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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[b][u]Somerset/Wiltshire (Frome): Martin Penning[/u][/b]

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

[b][size=2][color=#49535A][font=Tahoma]07810 890 108[/font][/color][/size][/b]

[url="http://www.mpenning-luthier.co.uk/Martin_Penning_Luthier/welcome.html"]http://www.mpenning-...er/welcome.html[/url]

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 [url="http://www.guitarrepairsuk.com/"]http://www.guitarrepairsuk.com/[/url] who, although mainly a guitar luthier, was reliable and did a good job! Edited by philparker

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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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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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[u][b]SE London/ Kent[/b][/u]

[b]Malcolm Tysoe Ltd[/b]
8-10 Church Road
Farnborough
Kent
BR6 7DB

[url="http://www.tysoe-music.com/contact_us.htm"]http://www.tysoe-music.com/contact_us.htm[/url]

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

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[b][u]SE London Kent[/u][/b]

[b]Colin Cross[/b]
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/

Used to up in Buxton - knows his stuff !

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[u][b]Peterborough Cambridgeshire[/b][/u]

[b]Simon Watkin Violins[/b]
2 North Green
Coates
Peterborough PE7 2BQ
[url="http://www.watkin-violins.co.uk/"]http://www.watkin-violins.co.uk/[/url]

A few miles outside Peterborough. Great for DB repairs / set-ups and very reasonably priced. Edited by zero9

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Bristol:

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

[url="http://bristol-violin-shop.co.uk/"]http://bristol-violin-shop.co.uk/ [/url]

(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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[u][b]Maidenhead, Berkshire[/b][/u]

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: [email protected]
[url="http://www.tylerbasses.co.uk"]http://www.tylerbasses.co.uk[/url] Edited by timbass

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[u][b]Lincolnshire, Lincoln[/b][/u]


Steep Hill Strings - Andrew Sutherland

[size=4][size=4][size=4]Studio 3 [/size]
Harding House
Steep Hill
Lincoln
LN2 1LT[/size][/size]



[url="http://www.sutherlandviolin.com/"]http://www.sutherlandviolin.com/[/url]

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[size=4][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][u][b]Nottingham, Nottinghamshire[/b][/u][/font][/size]

[size=4][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Clive Wilkinson luthier at:-[/font][/size]

[size=4][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Turner Violins[/font][/size]
[size=4][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]1-5 Lily Grove, Beeston, [/font][/size]
[size=4][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Nottingham, NG9 1QL [/font][/size]
[size=4][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][i]0115 943 0333[/i] [/font][/size]

[url="http://www.turnerviolins.co.uk/"]http://www.turnerviolins.co.uk/[/url]

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 ! Edited by ubassman

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[quote name='Clarky' timestamp='1365769166' post='2044180']

[u][b]Surrey (Boxhill): Malcolm Healey[/b][/u]

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: [url="http://www.healeyviolins.co.uk/contact.php"]http://www.healeyvio....uk/contact.php[/url]
[/quote]

http://healeybasses.co.uk/double-bass-repair.php

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Mid Wales and Marches, [url="http://www.timsviolins.co.uk/"]http://www.timsviolins.co.uk/[/url]

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. Edited by 3below

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[quote name='3below' timestamp='1370464016' post='2101477']
Mid Wales and Marches, [url="http://www.timsviolins.co.uk/"]http://www.timsviolins.co.uk/[/url]

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.
[/quote]

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

Steve

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[u][b]Peter Hall in Beverley, East Ridings[/b][/u]

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

[url="http://www.peterhallviolins.com/instruments/contact.html"]http://www.peterhallviolins.com/instruments/contact.html[/url]

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Peter Messenger

ME Strings
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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[u][b]London & SE[/b][/u]

[u][b]Thwaites[/b][/u]
33 Chalk Hill
Watford
WD19 4BL

01923 232412

[url="http://www.thwaites.com"]www.thwaites.com[/url]

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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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

Marc

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