“The quality of Mike’s work is second to none. His experience and training as a bassist at Eastman and Juilliard give him a tremendous depth of knowledge when it comes to sound production and set-up. His beautiful and refined woodworking skills are evident from his restoration work of my 1828 Bernard Simmon Fendt. Mike is a joy to work with, and I love the quality of his set-ups and board dressings, but most of all I appreciate the quality of sound he is able to get from my basses.”
Jeffrey Turner, Principal Bass, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Michael Magee is a truly masterful luthier and a thoroughly knowledgeable expert on all topics relating to the double bass. I first got to know Mike as a very fine bass player who has had training at two of the finest music conservatories in the world namely Eastman and Julliard. Since then I have had the good fortune to experience his bass repair skills on 3 of my instruments. He performed extensive work on my Hungarian 5 string including neck resetting, new fingerboard, and bridge. His set up work on this very complicated instrument was astonishing. He worked with me closely on fine tuning the setup until I was 100% satisfied. His knowledge of string tensions and tone was invaluable in assembling the exact right combination of strings to bring this bass to its full potential. I entrusted Mike with a new bridge and set up for my Neapolitan Bellarosa bass. After owning this great bass for 23 years, it is finally playing its best. Finally, Mike did major surgery and a complete new set up on my Kolstein Rumanian jazz bass. The before and after interior photos were amazing and the bass is completely solid and singing better than ever. All of my work was performed in a timely manner. In addition to his repair, Mike is also setting up and selling Shen Hybrid basses. Many of my students have purchased them. They are set up perfectly, sound wonderful, and not one of them has experienced even as much as an open seam!
Jeffrey T. Mangone, Principal Bass: Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet, Wheeling Symphony, PBS “My Music” Orchestras.