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Today I took my violin to a luthier who was recommended to me by a good friend. To refresh your memory, I've had concerns about the tone of my violin, particularly in the lower register. After changing the strings last week, there was some improvement.
I think my violin is in good hands. After holding the violin and playing it for about thirty seconds he pointed out that the fingerboard was a little loose and the neck was beginning to warp as a result. He also commented that the setup was unusually high. He will be repairing the fingerboard over the weekend. He said while the strings are off he'll take a look at the soundpost and see if that looks ok.
I got my violin back. The repair went well and he went ahead and trimmed/adjusted the bridge to fix the angle. Nothing miraculous happened with the tone once the fingerboard was re-glued, but that's ok. I'm really pleased with the work he did.
On a side note, I'm very happy with the customer service from this shop. I was having trouble arranging to get to his place during his open hours due to my hectic schedule so I asked my mom to pick my violin up (Mom lives and works within a couple of miles of his place). She went in to pay my bill with a credit card, not realizing that he doesn't accept credit cards. He told her just to take it, and I could sent him a check in the mail.
Luthier Shop Info:
Scott Tribby Violins
415 W. Lovell St., Kalamazoo, MI
no website available
New York has to have a ton of great luthiers. Maybe not where you live and maybe many are snobs.
Very funny! But no, seriously. I have no idea where to look. You're welcome to research for me. I live in Western New York. Search away. LOL The only place I know around me is Roxy's Music, but they are horrifically over priced and not very accommodating.
The luthiers are out there Genna. New York and southern California (where I'm at) have luthiers and musicians everywhere but many have a snobby attitude.
That's great that you found a great luthier to recommend Sara. I offered to post info for the guy I found but he said please don't at this point he is really busy. I'm trying to get my son back in college but maybe get him to a violin making school.
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