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    Default Go to guy for top mandolin set up in Nashville area

    I have two Daley F5s. Consequently, Sim always did my mandolin set ups (I live 2-3/4 hours away). Well, you can imagine it’s long overdue for the both of them seeing as how Sim has been back in the UK for some years now.
    So, I’m asking, who is the guru to go to. Probably needs new frets as well as a good tweek on the set up. David Harvey? Is he doing this work still? If so, contact info? You could pm me.
    FWIW, I have a regular luthier for my guitar work, but I’d rather drive these mandolins than ship. If it comes to it though, I’ll just contact him. But I’d prefer driving to a guy who does primarily mandolin work but it must be excellent work.

    Thanks for reading whether you can respond or not. Stay well and be happy, MandoCafe!
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    Default Re: Go to guy for top mandolin set up in Nashville area

    Lynn Dudenbostel is in Maryville. It’s on the other side of the state but he’s a go to guy as you say.
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    Default Re: Go to guy for top mandolin set up in Nashville area

    I would recommend the luthier department at Gruhn's. They are renowned for top notch work. I cannot recommend Carter's Vintage, although I love the store itself. I have had a few bad experiences with their repair department and I have vowed to never take another of my instruments into their shop ever again. If mandolin setup is all you want, Dennis Vance at the Mandolin Store does very good work and I will trust him with any of my mandolins. If you want some other trusted (mandolin luthier) names in Nashville then I suggest reaching out to David Benedict since he knows all the cats here in Nashville.

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    I heard Hugh Hansen did some work for Mike Compton that Mike was very happy with. Gilchrist recommended him to me back when I owned a Gil, but I never had him work on anything. Not sure where Danny Roberts is, but he posts "Just off the bench" videos on FB describing work he's done on mandos and demoing them. Of course they sound great with him playing them.
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    Hugh Hanson did the restoration on Matt Flinner’s Gil. Matt was very pleased.
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Default Re: Go to guy for top mandolin set up in Nashville area

    I'm in Chattanooga, and have done most of Norman Blake's set up and repair work for the last 20 years. I also did some work for Pete Ostroushko.

    If you're in Memphis, Nashville would certainly be closer. Hugh is good, and from what I understand, also Andy Todd. Both of them are probably pretty busy, so you should be prepared to be patient. I cannot recommend the Glaser shop.

    I'll also mention Chris Bozung in Fairview, which would be closer to you. I haven't seen his fret work, but he has been at it for 30 years, builds instruments, and did most of the repairs for Curtis McPeake's shop. He is also probably pretty busy.
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    Default Re: Go to guy for top mandolin set up in Nashville area

    I feel like I have to mention Steve Smith at Cumberland Acoustic in Hendersonville. Good work and a heck of a nice guy.

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    Default Re: Go to guy for top mandolin set up in Nashville area

    I would also suggest Hugh Hansen:

    https://hughhansen.com/

    He used to work on Gilchrists when he was at Gruhn's and he has done a fantastic job for me on several different mandolins.

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    YES sir on Steve Smith Clumberland/ redline. HENDERSONVILLE Tn.

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    Default Re: Go to guy for top mandolin set up in Nashville area

    theres also chris bozrung in fairveiw tenn....just west of nashvegas......

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