It’s summer time in Cleveland, and Northeast Ohio instruments are ready for their winter to summer adjustments. I’m still working out of Vance Music Studios on the west end of Lakewood. You’ll find me managing the desk for Chris on Wednesdays. Instruments can be dropped off, and picked up anytime the Studio is open. Hours are 2:00 to 9:00pm Monday Thru Thursday, and 9:30am to 2:00pm on Saturdays. Closed Friday, and Sunday. These are normal hours, even though VMS is open longer than these hours, often; but you will always find it open, and active during these hours.
This has been the worst layover between postings I’ve ever had. Things have been interesting over the last seven months, and have everything to do with the delay. I’ve just finished radiation treatments for prostate cancer, and am fortunate to be here. There’s follow up to do, but the prognosis is good that I’ll be around yet, for a while. I’m fortunate to have had access to health care, and have been blessed many times over during these last months.
I’ve been being taken care of by the good folks at Cleveland Urology in Middleburg Hts. Many thanks to Becky, Kelsey, Russell, Jeff, Dr. Field, Dr. Jelden, and the master of understatement: Dr.Kedia. The Cancer Center staff soldiered on during difficult delays during the time I was visiting. I don’t remember everyone’s name in Dr.Kedia’s office, but I can’t remember what I had for breakfast. Many thanks to all of you. What you’ve given me a new lease on is priceless. Actually, ‘Thanks’ is a vast understatement on my part.
So, it’s time to get back to work, again; and speaking of work, I would be remiss if I did not mention appreciation for the support of my patron, Mr. Vance, and everyone I work with at the Studio.
Turn-around times are between one, and two weeks right now. That is unless you have a huge project, or an instrument that’s really a mess. I’ve seen more than a few of them, lately. Lots of amateur guitar wrenchers out there. Although some of these folk’s intentions might be good, some of the corrections I’ve had to make complicate these jobs immensely. They need to spend some more time playing the instrument they profess to work on before heading towards a toolbox. Most of these circumstances have been reversible, but not all of them. My favorite was the Korean acoustic bass that some genius had cranked up to the point of blowing the fingerboard off of the instrument. Apparently, they were able to get plenty of torque on the truss rod nut before it stripped out. Fabulous!
Will try to update more often, and thanks for stopping back. Happy Springtime!
The Wright Guitar workshop is located on the premises, so no repairs leave the building until you return to retrieve your instrument. You can phone me directly at 440-799-4713 when I’m not at the storefront. I'm the one answering the phone at the Studios on Wednesdays, and man the front desk from 2:00 to 9:00pm. Email is always a good alternative, and I am checking it more often.
P.S. Chris’s web site is www.vancemusicstudios.com
. The address is 16420 Madison Ave. The location is on the north side of Madison across the street from Harding Middle School in Lakewood. The phone number for Vance Music Studios is 216-227-2886, and I can be reached directly at 440-799-4713.
Please call with any questions you may have. If you have to leave a message, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.