dave farmiloe

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I am now taking in a controlled number of repairs. Drop off and picking up on a Saturday morning, between the hours of 10 to 1, by prior arrangement please. A look back at a few jobs in the workshop; Turning a tapered bushes for an old LP headstock; Lockdown mandolin, in assembly; R8 replacement …

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I am advising that from today I will not be taking in any repairs, due to the current crisis. For those customers that have left instruments with me, these will be completed and any arrangements made honoured. If you have any queries please use the contact page to send an email. In the meantime I …

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snapshots of 2019

new and old

Some workshop images from 2018

2017 the first and last post

The rear view; just a few of the activities of 2017, 70’s Guild bass; Vintage pot repair;   50’s Gibson soapbar;             A trip out to The Forest of Dean, a wonderful place for trees in their glory; Here’s Flint, getting in on the act;           …

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life is a minestrone

10 cc served this up with parmesan cheese. ‘orrible. Here is some of the stuff that’s been served up in the workshop lately; Firstly, completed just last week is this 5 string mandolin. This is for sale direct at £400 and is the last one of a batch of 6. All custom hardware and pickups …

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ovation legend

Ovations tend to polarise opinions for sure. At the time of their introduction in the 60’s it was a bold approach to guitar making that gained a lot of ground with the broadminded. This Legend is a design from those early days, very similar to the Glen Campell model. Having spent a couple of  years …

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bridging the gap

Another regular turn for repairers…the gap under the bridge scenario. The bridge is a crucial element inherently under stress and needs to be structurally sound, as of course it’s a big factor in transferring energy from the strings to the top for ‘the sound’. The gap thing is more commonly seen on mass produced acoustics from the (ahem..) far east than on …

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blog for life

The trouble with doing a blog is that if you don’t do one regularily it looks as if you’ve been doing nothing… and thats not the case, its been hectic. So much so that I regret to say that I am not in position to take on any more major restorations and build projects until …

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old box repairs

A small departure from the norm, with this very nice victorian box in satinwood, inlaid with tunbridge ware stringing. I was asked if I could fit some new ebony pieces to the edges. Well why not. Back to business. Jimmy Crowley bouzouki repair works are now completed, this included a new sitka top and green fish …

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