Any luthiers in the north east USA who specialize in repair and set up of bowlbacks? I am in upstate NY, and would be willing to drive a day to find someone. I have one bowlback that buzzes a little on the D string. Another that just started buzzing a lot on the A string. And a third that has separated at the neck and needs to be repaired.
The regular luthiers I have talked to won't touch a bowlback except to change strings and set the bridge.
Is there anyone competant to work on bowlbacks around here?
I just had an old George Bauer bowl back repaired at Bernunzio Music in Rochester. They did a very nice job replacing the fretboard (bowed neck) and repairing some top cracks. It sounds great. Ask for Robbie if you call them.
Good luck !
Don't know where you're located but Richard at Stutzman's in Rochester does a tremendous job.
Agree with Kirk that Robbie at Bernunzio's is great too.
I also have a bowlback in need of repair, there is a slight warp in the facing. Problem is, that I am in Charlotte NC. I dont know what it would be like to ship an antique mandolin up the east coast. I guess no one makes a case for old bowlbacks.
I believe that Elderly may have some. Also, the Eastman bowlback cases may fit.
I have done quite a few resorations on Bowlback, mostly for my own collection.