- About Us
Bass maker and restorer Trevor M. Davis began his career as a professional upright bassist, studying with Tom Warrington and graduating with a degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he received multiple performance and academic scholarships including the Joe Williams Every Day Foundation Scholarship, the Jake Garehim Scholarship and the Millennium Scholarship before playing full time with jazz ensembles led by Benny Bennett (Don Byas, Clifford Brown), Larry "Wild" Wrice (Dinah Washington, Bro. Jack McDuff) and Vernell Brown Jr (Kenny Garrett) as well as many others. After a life-changing year spent living in France he decided to quit playing bass and focus his energies into the art of lutherie. Trevor attended the Violin Making School of America under the direction of Charles Woolf and Sanghoon Lee earning a Violin Society of America Scholarship and was part of their first course in restoration. He left the program early to study with violin maker Christopher Jacoby and then moved for a position at Kolstein & Sons in New York to focus on the upright bass, then Lemur Music in San Juan Capistrano, CA before ending up working with Lisa Gass at Los Angeles Bass Works. In Los Angeles Trevor was able to really hone his craft and finish building his first double bass in his 500sq/ft Echo Park apartment which earned him a Certificate of Workmanship at the 2013 International Society of Bassists Makers Competition in Rochester, NY.
Having worked on both coasts, in multiple shops, Trevor has first hand knowledge of a myriad of different setups, repair techniques, regional preferences and environmental factors that all contribute to attaining the maximum tonal capabilities and player satisfaction from their instrument. Reading the new and existing literature regarding all aspects of the art and science of stringed instruments and venturing to remain as current as possible with the techniques and philosophy of restoration and instrument construction, Trevor's fire for new making is rivaled only by his sense of duty in preserving the fine art of those who strove before him. A faithful copyist, he lives to make bench copies and graciously welcomes commissions. Trevor Davis is glad to have found a permanent home in Albuquerque, NM and is proud to be part of the team here at Robertson and Sons Violins.