I'm running one of the Tuning, and Stringing Seminars again on March 23rd, 4:00pm at the Lakewood Music Collective. Here's the text of the ad for the event. If you haven't been exposed to this information yet, you may want to attend.
Our in house luthier, and repairman, Kurt Wright, will explain the difficulties of tuning the instruments we love so much. In guitar player speak, there is a reason why when you tune a perfect E chord, your D chord is out of tune. This is a problem for all fretted instruments: guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, tipples, and others. Tuning, and proper string installation are part of playing an instrument that are the least understood, and least executed correctly.
We will delve into the science, and physics behind the modern 12 tone system, and the difficulties that being able to move polyphonically through all 12 keys presents to instruments, such as ours, in the equal tempered musical universe. After you understand the underlying problems, you will learn how to best tune your instrument.
Part two of the presentation will go into the proper mechanics involved in stringing different instruments. Kurt will cover different instruments, tunings, and the many types of mechanical tuners that exist. Your strings will sound better, last longer, and be easier to get in and stay in tune. We hope you will leave with the knowledge to improve your ability to enjoy playing, and do it in a more musical manner.
If you would like your instrument to be used in the restringing demonstrations, please let us know. We will be including a steel and nylon strung guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele.
I've always been available for consultations on all things to do with fretted instruments, but I've never pushed, or highlighted this service. I'm running into enough young players that have an interest in some of the knowledge I've accumulated over the last 46 years of doing repair work. I know some out there are going to say "That s-o-b don't know shit about anything". That's not going to stop me from making myself available on a one to one basis, or in a group setting. Some of the services I intend to offer will be:
- Tuning: The best way to tune-up
- Correct String Installation
- What's wrong with my instruments?
- What are they worth?
- Assisted Guitar Shopping
- Assisted Design Help, for when your building/modifying your dream guitar
- What's involved in a repair?
- How can I maintain my own instrument?
- What tools should I use?
These, and any other topics that pique your interest will be dealt with in an educational format, and tailored for the client's requests. It's going to take me into 2019 to get completely set-up, but for starters, we can work out of The Lakewood Music Connection. Time can be booked in half-hour intervals by appointment. I'll even explain what's involved in executing a repair. I will not do it for you. That's another circumstance, entirely. Any work that needs to be performed will have to be arranged separately. For a modest fee, I'll share everything I know.
If you have any interest, you can leave a message at The Collective, or call me direct at 440-799-4713. Don't be spooked by my phone message. Our phones have been turned into weapons to bludgeon us with on a daily basis. Please feel free to leave a message, and I will return the call promptly.
Repair work will continue out of our location on the west end of Lakewood. Hours are below, and you will find me at the desk on Tuesdays from 2:00pm until 9:00pm. Backlog is small at the moment, so most work can be turned around within 5-7 days.
I'm currently working on the development of a Carbon Graphite Mandolin. As that project is still in development, there will be more info forthcoming as it gets closer to going into production, so stay tuned.
Lastly, I will be more active on listing items for sale on my For Sale page, as well listing in other formats. It's time to loose some of the items that have accumulated during my so called career. So keep an eye on that page, updates to come. As many times as I've said I would update more frequently, I know it will be instrumental in getting the Consultation/Teaching model rolling. I hope to make a concerted effort to do so. Thanks for stopping back, and I hope you all enjoy a peaceful Thanksgiving.
The Studios are usually open Monday through Thursday from 2-9pm, Saturdays from 10am to 2pm; Closed on Fridays & Sundays. Drop-offs can be made within open hours. If you are planning on coming early, or late you may want to call ahead to be assured of the hours that day.
Address: 16426 Madison Ave. Lakewood, Ohio
Studio Phone: 216-227-2886
My office phone: 440 799-4713