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    Default ISO Boston-area luthier/repairperson for vintage uke

    Can anyone recommend a luthier/repairperson in the Boston, MA area? I bought an "as-is" uke from Elderly a few weeks ago. (Hawaiian, no-name, 1920s, maybe Kumalae)

    It's playable, but I might want to get the few small cracks repaired before they turn into big cracks.

    Appreciate any recommendations. I'd like to know I'm putting it into good hands.

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    Music Emporium in Lexington, lots of vintage instruments, with good repair dept

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    Thanks, John.

    Unfortunately, Music Emporium is now only repairing instruments that they have sold. They do recommend a few Boston-area techs.

    Anyone have experience with any of these repair services?

    Dan Armstrong @ Armstrong Guitars in Natick, MA

    Matt Arcara @ MGA Guitars in Portland, ME

    Pat DiBurro @ DiBurro Guitars (for Martin, Taylor and Collings warranty work) in Exeter, NH

    Steve Morrill @ Steve Morrill Guitar Repair in Boston MA

    Wood and Strings in Arlington, MA

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    Hi Junie,
    I have seen some of Dan Armstrong's guitar repairs. Music Unlimited in Kingston uses him. Nice stuff.
    He did a bone nut, saddle and fret dress for me on an Epiphone. I will be sending him a Favilla Baritone for some brace and back work soon.

    I have been in Wood and Strings. Nice people. I have handled a couple of franken-ukes they built. Nice work as I remember (couple of years ago), but no real knowledge of their work.

    'Hope this helps...Sean
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stagehand View Post
    Hi Junie,
    I have seen some of Dan Armstrong's guitar repairs. Music Unlimited in Kingston uses him. Nice stuff.
    He did a bone nut, saddle and fret dress for me on an Epiphone. I will be sending him a Favilla Baritone for some brace and back work soon.

    I have been in Wood and Strings. Nice people. I have handled a couple of franken-ukes they built. Nice work as I remember (couple of years ago), but no real knowledge of their work.

    'Hope this helps...Sean
    This IS helpful, Sean.

    Many thanks,
    Junie

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    Yes, I forgot, Dan Armstrong did some troubleshooting on a uke for me, to fix an intermittently working
    pickup. He was fast, and only charged $15.00 to get it working. I believe that Music Go Round in Natick also uses him on ukulele work, so I’d recommend him.

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    Try fixing the cracks yourself. Lots of info on how to do it.
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
    " I'm no luthier but ,........"

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    Thanks for the feedback, John and Pete.

    As for fixing it myself ... I know my limits.

    (Ron Cook has posted several repair logs for Kumalae ukes. Very enjoyable reading, if you like that kind of thing ... and I do: http://www.roncookstudios.com/ron-co...pair-logs.html)

    But since you brought it up, I'm sure I could scare up a cheap uke that could use a little amateur TLC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stagehand View Post
    Hi Junie,
    I have seen some of Dan Armstrong's guitar repairs. Music Unlimited in Kingston uses him. Nice stuff.
    He did a bone nut, saddle and fret dress for me on an Epiphone. I will be sending him a Favilla Baritone for some brace and back work soon.

    I have been in Wood and Strings. Nice people. I have handled a couple of franken-ukes they built. Nice work as I remember (couple of years ago), but no real knowledge of their work.

    'Hope this helps...Sean
    I just remembered what else Dan had done for me...
    He refinished and repaired the back on a 34-24 Martin style 0 export. This was fixing a botched old repair (not by him). The finished had cracked off at least 1/8" on either side of the split.
    "Life is short. Opera is long."

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    not in boston,but jake wilwood in vermont does a lot of vintage instruments. google him

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