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Example 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
  • September 3, 2020

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
  • March 9, 2019

Two basses undergoing intensive restoration, one an example from the early American “Prescott family,” the second a busetto corner instrument, over 200 years old

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 twin to the…
  • historic string instrument, luthier, prescott bass
  • May 18, 2020

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
  • August 13, 2020

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. Still sharing his skill today, this nonagenarian remains vital and active. Working with Mr. DiLeone this summer of 2017, Mike and Lou prepared this new neck to graft…
  • luthier, string instrument repair
  • March 16, 2020

Wood Selection

Scouring Europe for alpine spruce and hard maple, exceptional quality wood for repair projects and new double basses!  We are off to Germany next month, returning to the home of string instrument’s finest tonewood – the Bavarian Alps.  European spruce  grows on the upper slopes of the Alps and harvested by traditions practiced for generations…
  • luthier, string instrument repair
  • February 13, 2019

Restoration Project – completed and living anew, then sold!!

Complete re-build of 1971 Gotz round-back bass.  Began with only bass body, hand 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 – and she was sold, revived and living again! Maker labeled:  Conrad Gotz 1971 West Germany “Model…
  • luthier, repair
  • July 26, 2020