My Space: Jurgen Preyer


The Netherlands-based luthier built the workshop in my garden, soon after moving in

I opened this workshop in Arnhem in 2001. Arnhem is in the eastern part of the Netherlands, close to Germany. It doesn’t have the most thriving music scene but we have an orchestra and several jazz clubs, while musicians from the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Netherlands Philharmonic can get here easily. It would also be difficult to run a workshop this size in a city like Amsterdam!

I built the workshop in my garden, soon after moving in; in fact I chose the property for this reason. It measures 42 sq m and contains around 60 basses, most of which are for sale but several need repairing. This past summer had especially high levels of humidity, which can be bad for basses; lots of customers have reported buzzing from their instruments, for instance. The workshop can get very busy, since there are three people working here nearly all the time, and sometimes we have a fourth; every bench will be taken…

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