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Chris Cioffi

Submitted by Aladin on 7/7/2013

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As I was searching for a good banjo ukulele at a fair price (not an easy task these days), I had the bright idea to look at the Banjo Hangout classifieds, and found one about a Ludwig Wendell Hall.
I contacted directly the seller : Chris Cioffi.
After several mail exchanges in wich he really precisely described the instrument and sent me like 70 pictures of it, I decided to buy it.

I was ready to pay for the Ludwig as it was and then bring it to a luthier here in Belgium but he proposed me to work on it to put it in a playing condition, and with no extra costs ! An ukulele bridge had been glued to the skin long ago, Chris managed to take it back, cleaned the skin and remounted it. He cleaned all the instrument (aah, the metal parts look shiny now), made a new bone nut. He put on an old bridge and joined three other ones of different heights so I could choose the action I prefer. He also joined a new skin in case I was disappointed with the old one. And finally, he noticed the tuners buttons were a bit finicky so he joined 9 others.

He sent me mails every day with pictures and technical descriptions so I could follow his work, and give my thoughts about it.

He packed the banjo incredibly solidly (bulletproof I would say) and now that I have it in my hands, I can confirm he's made a really really beautiful and precise job. That's simple, I can't stop playing it. Hope my neighbours won't turn crazy.
Working on a 90 years old instrument is not an easy task, and I'm a bit meticulous but he fulfilled all my expectations .

He's also very friendly and had the patience to simplify his English so I could understand.
What was also great for me is that he's passionate about music and banjos. I learned a lot communicating with him and I've got just one regret : I'm living in Europe. If I was living in Usa, I know I would bring him my banjos to work on them, and chat about music and life with a good bottle of white wine.

Thank you Chris,


Overall Rating: 10

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