LoBue found that he really missed New York and with failing health,
packed his family up and moved them back after only a few years.
Ralph began working at Subway Guitars in Berkley and soon built a loyal clientele there. During his years there, Novak continued to build some custom instruments in addition to the repair work, and earned a partnership in the business.
Eventually, Novak left the cramped quarters of Subway Guitars and moved his repair and custom instrument business to a warehouse loft in Oakland. That location on Aileen Street was where Novak would begin work on what would be the Fanned-Fret concept. An early example of Novaks work is shown here.