I met Gary Branzell almost a decade ago through another musician contact. At the time I was not in the market for a custom bass, I just wanted my current Fender and my acoustic fretless set up to play properly; the work he did then was beyond what I conceived. Both instruments played, and play, wonderfully. I wanted a custom bass built and let Gary know I was looking to a Virginia builder; he wanted to know why I was not looking closer to home. After being set straight I ordered, what Gary called, a tone machine. The work of art I received far exceeded my expectations for a machine. The instrument is a precision tool of the highest quality and aesthetics. Thanks to Branzell Guitars I have a bass which will last me the rest of my life. I smile every time I remove it from the custom case.