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Course Description

Students will gain experience to address the most common problems in bass restoration. These include 1) how to safely remove a top (preparations for conserving the shape, bracing the neck, replacing the top, and when to re-line the edge), 2) how to safely remove a neck (preparation of neck mortise and alignment of new/restored neck with a laser), and 3) How to remove/replace a fingerboard. In addition. We will address repairs to plate and rib cracks and how to fit a bassbar. Topics include how to do repairs through the f-hole. We will also discuss jigs, tools, and appliances for performing this work. Open to students with previous experience in instrument repair or who have participated in the BASS SETUP class.

Select a repair you'd like to work on. You should have tools and materials needed to do that repair. If you wish to focus on a topic not listed above, please contact us as soon as possible so we can be prepared to make your Workshop experience as productive as we can. For larger projects, we will either work out next steps for your own work or you might bring it back at a future Workshop.

We’ll be doing the Workshop remotely via Zoom this year which will require that you have an internet connection at your workspace. You should have your workspace organized so you can send pictures or videos of your work. 

Class will meet in person from 9am to 5pm, with additional open workshop hours in the evening.

Questions can be directed via email to mcinbass@gmail.com.

Materials and Tools 

You should bring with you (shipping not advised) one standard ¾ bass (due to space and time constraints). Select a repair you'd like to work on, based on the topics in the course description. You should bring tools and materials needed to do that repair. As projects will vary, we hope to reach out to you for information on your project prior to the Workshop. This will help to ensure that you can complete or make good progress on your bass. For larger projects, we will either work out next steps for your own work or you might bring it back at a future Workshop.

A full list of tools, materials and course readings can be found here.

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Section Title
Bass Restoration Fundamentals
Type
Institute
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
10:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Aug 01, 2022 to Aug 05, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
30.0
Course Fee(s)
PDT - Violin Institute non-credit $1,099.00 or $100.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Section Fees
Violin Institute Apron $20.00 Optional
Instructors
  • Robert McIntosh
Section Notes

Students will gain experience to address the most common problems in bass restoration. These include 1) how to safely remove a top (preparations for conserving the shape, bracing the neck, replacing the top, and when to re-line the edge), 2) how to safely remove a neck (preparation of neck mortise and alignment of new/restored neck with a laser), and 3) How to remove/replace a fingerboard. In addition. We will address repairs to plate and rib cracks and how to fit a bassbar. Topics include how to do repairs through the f-hole. We will also discuss jigs, tools, and appliances for performing this work. Open to students with previous experience in instrument repair or who have participated in the BASS SETUP class.

Select a repair you'd like to work on. You should have tools and materials needed to do that repair. If you wish to focus on a topic not listed above, please contact us as soon as possible so we can be prepared to make your Workshop experience as productive as we can. For larger projects, we will either work out next steps for your own work or you might bring it back at a future Workshop.

We’ll be doing the Workshop remotely via Zoom this year which will require that you have an internet connection at your workspace. You should have your workspace organized so you can send pictures or videos of your work.

Questions can be directed via email to mcinbass@gmail.com.

Materials and Tools 

You should bring with you (shipping not advised) one standard ¾ bass (due to space and time constraints). Select a repair you'd like to work on, based on the topics in the course description. You should bring tools and materials needed to do that repair. As projects will vary, we hope to reach out to you for information on your project prior to the Workshop. This will help to ensure that you can complete or make good progress on your bass. For larger projects, we will either work out next steps for your own work or you might bring it back at a future Workshop.

A full list of tools, materials and course readings can be found here.

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