I opened my shop in 1982. I have worked unceasingly since that time on the
handmaking of artist class instruments.
I make instruments to custom order, and I also make instruments that are for
immediate purchase. Please call for availability of desired model and current completion schedules.
All my patterns are developed from the old masters. I use as my study
instruments, pieces which are in museum collections and many which are
privately owned. Exceptional tonal qualities and noticeable visual beauty
are of utmost importance in chosing these examples.
Over many years of making, these models have become personalized in most
all respects. Advice from soloists, quartet players, chamber players, orchestral
players, conoisseurs, collectors, respected makers, artists and historians,
combined with my own experience, research and intuition, have resulted
in a continual refinement of the whole process.
When a musician orders an instrument from me, we discuss extensively
his or her preference for sound, tonality, and related playing qualities,
the actual feel of the instrument (both physically and psychologically),
overall appearance, wood selection, varnishing, types of fittings,
and any ornamental embellishments.
Some players may instead prefer to purchase an existing instrument.
They receive more comfort in being able to try out one or more instruments
before actually committing to a purchase. In this situation, please call
the shop to see what is currently available.
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