I was born in New York City in 1977, to a French father and a Mexican mother. I speak English, French and Spanish.
I’ve been playing the bass since 1993 and making a living as a bass luthier since 1998. I was lucky enough to get my start in lutherie in New York as an apprentice in David Gage's shop, where I worked until 2001. Subsequently, I worked for Bob Beerman in North Carolina. In 2011, after many years with Bob, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to start my own shop, where I served thousands of clients, from students to members of the San Francisco Philharmonic. In the summer of 2018, I moved my shop to France, near Toulouse, to start a new chapter with my family.
I have extensive experience with repairs of all kinds, complete restorations, and set-up work. I’ve also made, repaired and modified many low C extensions.
My repairs and restorations are meticulous and I pride myself on my craftsmanship, but also on my commitment to understanding the double bass and the people who play it. I believe that everyone’s musical styles and physical needs are important and different, and that listening to people is the first step to good lutherie.
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with musicians of all kinds, including those playing jazz, blues, bluegrass, folk, country, rock, rockabilly, tango and salsa, as well as symphony musicians and soloists. Diversity is my favorite aspect of the culture of the double bass.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions about your instrument.
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