Set Up Work

Every instrument differs in the quality of fittings and craftsmanship.  At Atelier Puglisi we are well known for raising the standards in instrument set up to make sure that every instrument that passes through the shop sounds and feels the best it can.  We factor the player’s style, technique and preferences in the set up and ultimately enhance the instrument’s best attributes.

A few crucial parts of a set up include -

Fingerboard shape: The fingerboard is nearly always planed ('shot') to smooth out any bumps or ridges and that can create buzzes. This also involves adjusting the ebony nut at the top of fingerboard.

Bridge: New French hardwood bridges can be fitted for better tone and projection. The height of the bridge can be varied depending on the style of music the player is performing and brass or aluminium bridge height adjusters can be installed if necessary for double basses.

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Sound Post: A new soundpost can be fitted and adjusted for better tone and projection.

Strings: Ensuring the instrument is played with suitable strings for the player's style and needs.

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Tail wire: Original nylon or metal tail wires or tail guts, which hold the tailpiece onto the endpin, should be replaced with a special teflon fibre cable for strength and safety.

Endpin: Often, old-fashioned or factory endpins rattle and are troublesome with functioning smoothly. The repairing or replacement of endpins is imperative to ensure the Cello or Double Bass is not only safe, but also not creating buzzing noises.  


Book you instrument in today for a check up on its set up! Set up and general maintenance can improve the lifespan of your instrument and parts, as well as keeping everything sounding and feeling as best it can! We also provide bow rehairs for $109 for bows of all instruments, turn around on bows can be same day or next day, check in for availability!








Latest News


 ARY-FRANCE bows are fully stocked for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass bows!

 Book your apppointment to try these fantastic bows! 



Ben in workshop
 Need a new Violin, Viola, Cello, or Double Bass? 
We have amazing new stock in all categories and price points.
In the next few weeks we will try and list all of these on this site, however feel free to drop us a line,
and ask about an instrument for you now.
21st anniversary!2016
The month of July marks the 21st anniversary of the opening of my Showroom and Atelier in Hawthorn.
Time goes fast when your having fun! Times like this I reflect on one of my biggest inspirations. My Nonno Puglisi. A proud and hard-working fruiter, who understood the meaning of honest caring service. I just love this photo! Taken in 1966 i believe . I was just 1yo.
And I should mention that he was also an amazing fisherman! And could build anything he wanted.
Vienna Kontrabass (5 or 4 string)

A new and distinctive model from Benedict Puglisi's line of double basses. The instrument is an exact model by Lembock, accurately copied to the finest detail and tested against the original.Gabriel Lembock was a Hungarian born Viennese instrument maker famous for his accurate and impressive copies of Viennese double basses and fine Italian instruments. His instruments were praised for their fullness of tone coupled with responsiveness. This bass features gamba corners and a flat back, as well as custom authentic Viennese wooden pegs and fittings. This is an exceptionally versatile bass. It can be set up as a 5 string or 4 string orchestral bass, or in traditional Viennese tuning. The bass has a rich, dark tone well suited to orchestral playing. This is the perfect instrument for a professional looking for something versatile and suited to all circumstances.




International Jazz legend Christian McBride is now the proud owner of an original Benedict G. Puglisi Double Bass. This Bass landed in the USA early this month and is now being played by Christian. 


The 2012 Vincenzo Panormo carved back Bass was first trialed by Christian in Melbourne when he was a featured artist at the 2013 International Jazz festival.


It is truly an honour to have an original instrument with this amazing musician. We are sure that there are some amazing things to come from this relationship.









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