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motomatto - Posted - 03/07/2010:  20:21:50


Hi,

I just moved to the San Diego / LA area. Would anyone suggest a good shop that sells and sets up banjo's. I'm particularly looking for someone that can do good setup work.

Thanks for your help!
Matt

fhutch - Posted - 03/07/2010:  20:56:15


McCabes in Santa Monica, or Buffalo Brothers in Carlsbad. I've had work done by Buffalo Brothers & found them to be excellent.

motomatto - Posted - 03/07/2010:  21:35:42


Hi fhutch,

Thanks for the help. When you had Buffalo Bros do some work for you, was it on your banjo? I did a bunch of work to my own banjo a few months ago and I'd like a real pro to set it up to get the most out of it.

Thanks!
Matt

ToddJoles - Posted - 03/07/2010:  23:06:55


There's probably only two places who have more than a couple banjos in stock in all of SD, Buffalo Bro. in Carlsbad and Old Tyme Music in North Park. (same owner I believe) If the folks there can't make it right, no one can.

3PickinPaul - Posted - 03/08/2010:  00:17:02


Hey Matt!

I agree with Todd about Old Tyme Banjo in North Park at the intersection of University and Utah.

2852 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104-2930
(619) 280-9035sdoldtimemusic.com

I've had work done on two banjos by these folks and was very happy with the results. Scott has a tremendous talent for repairing instruments and is a straight shooter. He'll tell you what you may not want to hear, but he'll tell you what you need to hear and you decide. Simple as that. One of the other gentlemen, who works there, also used to work for Deering Banjo in Lemon Grove. I suggest showing up on their front porch and you be the judge. Hope that helps.

Paul

3PickinPaul - Posted - 03/08/2010:  00:18:12


Hey Matt!

I agree with Todd about Old Tyme Banjo in North Park at the intersection of University and Utah.

2852 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104-2930
(619) 280-9035sdoldtimemusic.com

I've had work done on two banjos by these folks and was very happy with the results. Scott has a tremendous talent for repairing instruments and is a straight shooter. He'll tell you what you may not want to hear, but he'll tell you what you need to hear and you decide. Simple as that. One of the other gentlemen, who works there, also used to work for Deering Banjo in Lemon Grove. I suggest showing up on their front porch and you be the judge. Hope that helps.

Paul

cardinbanjo - Posted - 03/08/2010:  05:41:12


I was in San Diego last month for the GCSAA convention and I took a morning to go and see the Deering banjo plant. It was very interesting and they could probably turn you on to some good set up people in the area.

The Pope - Posted - 03/08/2010:  11:11:16


Motomatto...

Check this post out:

http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/172363

It mentions a guy named Randy Broyle as a luthier in the LA area. I haven't met him but he's the first guy I've heard about since Larry Brown passed. Good luck!



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