Neal, welcome to the joys of Albuquerque beekeeping. Though I'm no expert, I just started keeping bees last year, and just started my top bar hive this year, there are a few other resources and top bar beekeepers in the area. First of all you should join the New Mexico Beekeepers Association (no real website yet soon hopefully), or at least get in touch with the president Ken Hays, (505-869-2369, located in Bosque Farms), whom can get you in touch with someone near by with some top bar hive experience.
Where in Albuquerque are you located? I'm in the North East heights (Menaul & Tramway area), I'd be happy to try and help if your close enough, but I can't promise much.
-Robert<br /><a href=\"http://photos.bobsbees.com\" target=\"_blank\">Photos and Such</a>