I really enjoy collaborating
with musicians to create instruments
just for them. For my clients it's
an opportunity to own a truly individual
instrument, one designed and built
to meet their specific, personal
needs. It's always an exciting journey
that leads to something new for
both of us.
will work together from the very
beginning of this process to insure
that you are satisfied with the
violin, viola, or cello that I'll
be crafting for you. First we get
to know each other. I always want
to know if you've heard or played
any of my instruments. We talk about
sound, what it is you're missing
now, and what it is you seek. We
also talk about your other wishes.
Perhaps there's an instrument you
want copied – just the simple
dimensions or every last scratch?
Maybe you would like gold and/or
copper leaf lettering on the sides
of your instrument? A special color
for the varnish? Antiquing –
how much? Fancy pegs and tailpiece?
There are lots of details to consider.
Your personal wishes will directly
influence our choice of wood and
model. After we've established what
you want, I figure out how much
it will cost and give you a firm
price for the instrument.
The current prices
for my instruments are:
Antiquing: add $1,000.
residents add 8.25% sales tax.
on the waiting list and guarantee
a price and delivery date, I require
a $1,000 deposit, which will be
deducted from the final cost of
the delivered and accepted instrument.
When I begin actual work on your
instrument, you send me half of
the outstanding balance. The remainder
of the balance is due upon completion
and delivery of your instrument.
If, after a month, you are unsatisfied
with the new instrument, and we
both feel that a new effort will
result in a better outcome, I will
build you a second instrument as
soon as possible. In the highly
unlikely event that you are still
unsatisfied when I complete this
second instrument, I will endeavor
to sell one of the two instruments
crafted for you to a third party.
Upon completion of that sale, I
will refund all that you have paid
me for the commission, less $250.
Many customers request personalizing
of their instruments. For all non-reversible
personalizing such as gold/copper
leaf lettering, actual copies of
a specific instrument, uncommon
string and/or stop lengths, etc.,
the return policy no longer applies.
Additional charges will apply to
all custom personalizing of instruments.
Finally, each new instrument I build
comes with an Insurance Appraisal
and a Certificate of Authenticity
which includes a set of photos,
“birth date,” description,
and the name of the original owner.
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