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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Looking for a good Luthier in the Boston Area

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Gixxer340 - Posted - 01/30/2019:  05:12:49

Or south of Boston to be more specific. I would like someone to go over my banjo and give me their recommendation on things like the proper bridge and make sure it is in the best playing condition it can be.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Thank you

Bill H - Posted - 01/30/2019:  05:38:57

The Music Empoium is in Lexington.

DC5 - Posted - 01/30/2019:  06:00:04

A little further away, in Berlin, MA is Mockingbird Music. Glenn builds banjos and he's an excellent luthier and all around great guy.

Even further down the turnpike, in Sturbridge is D-string guitar repair. Dave is not only an excellent luthier and great guy, but an outstanding bluegrass banjo player.

I do not have enough good things to say about either of them.

Edited by - DC5 on 01/30/2019 06:00:50

The Old Timer - Posted - 01/30/2019:  06:25:08

Both of the ones named above are good, I've used them both.

Bob in CT - Posted - 01/30/2019:  07:12:26

Fretted Instrument Workshop in Amherst.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/30/2019:  10:40:21

The Music Emporium is my recommendation as well. I don’t know the others mentioned but am sure they’re fine.

I don’t know anyone south of town. Sorry.

eagleisland - Posted - 01/30/2019:  10:53:08


Originally posted by Bill H

The Music Empoium is in Lexington.

Great store... but last I new they were only accepting repair work on instruments they sold. Worth calling, if it's the closest... and as previously mentioned, Glenn Nelson at Mockingbird Music is a terrific luthier and a great guy.

eagleisland - Posted - 01/30/2019:  11:32:05

Jeff, assuming you're actually in Easton Mockingbird is about a 45 minute drive for you - pretty much straight up 495

Gixxer340 - Posted - 01/30/2019:  12:04:55

Thanks for all the replies so far. I contacted the music emporium and they said that they would not be able to help me. I have a call into Mockingbird and will see if they can help.

I really appreciate all the help. This is a great forum.


The Old Timer - Posted - 01/30/2019:  12:58:35

There's a good luthier in western CT, Barkhamsted, named Dave "Tex" Orlomoski. Worked for decades in the Ovation/Guild factory in New Hartford. Still works in a furniture shop, and does instrument repairs very well from his home. He can set up a banjo very well.

Gixxer340 - Posted - 02/01/2019:  04:40:48

Going to take a trip up to Mockingbird tomorrow to see Glenn. Thanks again for all the suggestions.


eagleisland - Posted - 02/01/2019:  05:29:29

I predict you'll be well pleased.

Gixxer340 - Posted - 02/02/2019:  17:52:06

I met with Glenn today. What a nice guy. He talked banjos with me for 45 minutes and, more importantly, agreed to give my banjo a good once over and get it playing at its best. I can't recommend him enough.

Thanks again for recommending him.


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