"People want to come in and play the basses. I hear this over and over, they say 'I've always wanted to come,' or 'this is the shop! I've always imagined what it looked like,'" says Toni Buffa, who has run Lemur since she and her late husband Jerry purchased the company in 1995.
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Players of the upright bass - also known as the standup bass or double bass - know Lemur as the gold standard for the instrument in the western U.S. The company provides basses, bows, amplifiers and accessories to a worldwide clientele.
"When we took over the business in '95, it was the beginning of what I would call a golden age of bass. Buffa says. "It was just booming - our business tripled in less than two years."