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Bridges for Violin and Bass Repair at the Ottawa Folklore Centre Repair Shop

About uber-repairman Brian Dubbeldam

Brian has been repairing stringed instruments professionally since he first began working at Gordie Brandts music center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan many years ago. By observing his father Marinus, Brian picked up the basics of repair work and gathered experience that would guide him through a career in stringed instrument repair and lutherie. “It’s come a long, long way since then”, he says. After returning to Ontario Brian began working at the Ottawa Folklore Center where he was involved with the school of music and then became retail manager. He notes that “this was a very enjoyable time but working on string instruments is what really hits the high notes for me.”

A Guitar on the Work Bench at the Ottawa Folklore Centre Repair Shop

Brian then apprenticed with Edward V. Dick , who had just moved in to Ottawa from Peterborough, Ontario. Edward is the founder of “Eds Musical Workshop”, in Peterborough; he brought years of experience with him and is considered one of North America’s premier luthiers. He now runs a shop in Denver, Colorado. Check out Edward’s web site.  Says Brian, “I learned a lot from Edward. It was Ed who really got things going for me”. Since the beginning, Brian has repaired thousands of instruments and he is still going strong!

One of the Repair areas in the Ottawa Folklore Centre Repair Shop

How much will it cost?

All estimates are free with no obligations, except electronic work, which has a diagnostic fee of $25. This is deducted from the repair bill if the repair is made. Call us for free advice on shipping your instrument to us and we will ship it back when completed. Shipping worldwide. For more information you can contact Brian by e-mail.

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Here are some recent videos featuring Brian about instrument repair:

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  • Ottawa Folklore Centre
    1111 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4
    613.730-2887 | 1-800-385-FOLK (3655)

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  • Monday-Friday  10 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday  9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday  12:00pm-5:00pm

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