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Current Restoration Project: 1937 American Standard

A lengthy “top off” restoration of a historic instrument for a New York performer is Mike Asetta’s current restoration project. The instrument requiring attention is a rare American Standard double bass from 1937, the second year of production of these instruments by H. N. White Company.  This instrument is the 273rd American Standard bass, built…
  • double bass, luthier, string instrument repair
  • January 3, 2016

The soundpost is a simple transmitter, hundreds of years before radio it was broadcasting sound. How can a short, round, wood post make much of a difference to my string instrument?

Lets review how the soundpost works! The player initiates the sound by vibrating the string either through arco or pizzicato (bowed or plucked) methods. The string transfers the vibration, directing it through the bridge. The bridge extends the vibration to the instrument’s top. The top, like a pond of once still water, expands the vibrations…
  • luthier, stringed instrument
  • June 29, 2015

Early American “Yankee” bass or “Precott family” – Two basses undergoing intensive restoration

Meticulous work underway with the goal of returning two centuries old instruments to playable condition for today’s performance specifications. One is a half size instrument, a beautiful example of the unique construction techniques practiced by the early “bass viol” makers in the Concord New Hampshire area. The second appears to be a perfect twin to…
  • historic string instrument, luthier, prescott bass
  • November 2, 2016

Craftsmanship, to an Art!

Taking craftsmanship to an art! Combining woodworking excellence with high level music performance – artist and luthier Mike Asetta knows how your instrument should sound AND how you will enjoy its playability. If you are seeking high quality repair or restoration of your string instrument, seek out Mike Asetta. Mike repairs all string instruments, violins…
  • luthier, string instrument repair
  • June 30, 2015

Lou DiLeone

  Mentor and friend, finest double bass craftsman, of world renown and still sought by the most exceptional bass players in the New York metropolitan area, Lou DiLeone: With a reputation for providing superior workmanship, even perfection, while radiating with his love of the double bass instrument, a myriad of internationally famous bass players have sought…
  • luthier, string instrument repair
  • September 22, 2015

Wood Selection

Scouring Europe for alpine spruce and hard maple, exceptional quality wood for repair projects and new double basses! Inquiries invited, please contact Mike to discuss repair concern or restoration project at 860-685-1621 or email mike@mikeasetta.com
  • luthier, string instrument repair
  • June 21, 2015

Restoration Project, instrument for eventual sale inventory

Complete re-build of 1971 Goetz round-back bass.  Began with bass body only, carved new neck, grafted old scroll to neck, set neck to body, refinishing as needed.  Soon another great bass ready for you to take home!  Restoration progresses steadily with priority always given to customer repair work. Inquiries invited, please contact Mike at 860-685-1621…
  • luthier, repair
  • June 5, 2015