Setup and Repair
Setup is the process of getting the best in performance out of your instrument.
Your setup checklist:
- The neck should feel even and pleasant in your hand.
- The fingerboard should be silky smooth so that each note rings clear with no buzzing.
- The strings should be easy to press to the fingerboard.
- Your tuners should be smooth to turn and hold their pitch.
- The bridge should be clean, upright and look nice.
- Your bridge adjusters should be easy to turn, even under tension.
- The soundpost should be in the correct position and fit.
- You should be able to bow each string clearly and evenly.
- The instrument should be clean of rosin and grime.
- It should NEVER be difficult to play
If you find yourself struggling, or your bass just feels or sounds ... meh ... you probably need to bring your bass in for a checkup.
I won't charge you for that.
But I will listen to what you want, and I'll tell you what I can do for you, and how much it will cost.
Repair ... and TLC
Ah Double Basses ... don't we love these big, cumbersome beauties! But they have a hard life, and need looking after ... thats where I come in,
- broken corners and edges
- popped seams
- body cracks
- pegbox cracks
- warped or broken necks
- broken endpin, screw, blunt spike, stopper
- pitted or loose fingerboard
- buzzes and rattles
- heavy rosin buildup
- ugly scratches and dirt
All in a day's work, and usually straightforward to fix.
When you first bring your bass in for repair I will examine it with you, and note your concerns and anything I can find that may need my attention. After you have left, I will go over the instrument with a fine toothed comb and document all issues with photos where appropriate. I will email you a prioritised estimate of the repair cost and any options based on my observations.
You choose which work you want me to do, and I keep you updated of progress.