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    Does anyone know who does C.T.'s setup work.

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    Long ago, he told me David Harvey did his setup. Iím not sure if he still does.

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    I just got my copy of Chris' latest album "Laysongs", and in the liner notes it says "Chris' mandolin is set up by Tom Crandall." I do not know this Tom Crandall, but what timely information!
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    Crandall worked for many years running Matt Umanov's shop and left some time ago to open his own shop. He has an excellent reputation for quality work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Crandall worked for many years running Matt Umanov's shop and left some time ago to open his own shop. He has an excellent reputation for quality work.
    He did a miraculous repair on a 1924 O-18K I brought to Umanov's shop years ago when he was there. The bridge had pulled up and splintered the Koa below the bridge. No wood spinters detached (like bending a green branch) so he was able to weave the splinters back together when he re-glued the bridge. The damage and repair were undetectable
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    I gave the shop a call the other day. The guy that answered didn't seem to know much and went back and forth from me to Tom who was working on the bench. In the end I was told they would do setup if I sent the mandolin to them.

    Ok, I figgered as much but I'll need to talk with Tom before I make any decisions.

    I'll try again next week and see if I can have a conversation with Tom Crandall personally.
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    Tom Crandall repaired/restored a pair of bowlbacks for me many years ago; he began work while he was working for Umanov, finished rather a while later. His work is impeccable, beyond reproach. I have to say it took quite a while, but for the most part, it was done on his own time, as Umanov's shop ate his life.

    A highly-regarded poster here told me, before I ventured to send my instruments to Tom, that he (the poster) regarded TC as perhaps the world's best restoration luthier.

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