much do your instruments cost?
prices for my instruments are:
Antiquing: add $1,000
California residents add 8.25% sales
apply to custom personalizing of
instruments. Please contact me for information about special commissions.
you have a waiting list?
do have a waiting list for commissioned
intruments, but I also have instruments
in my shop for sale. I try to keep
a few on hand for those musicians
who can't or don't want to wait
for a commission. Please contact
me to learn about the waiting list
and currently available instruments.
do I compare the sound of your instrument
musicians who are trying out instruments
to bring some trusted colleagues
along and compare instruments in
a hall whenever possible. Listeners
in the hall should sit in the worst
– not just the best –
places acoustically. A great instrument
will shine no matter where one sits;
others will not. When listening,
have a player play short notes as
well as long notes; good players
will quickly adjust with long bow
strokes and may find themselves
able to make bad instruments sound
good, but an inferior instrument
will not be able to hide behind
short bow strokes. Qualitative differences
between instruments will be magnified
when compared in these ways.
love your instrument now, but how
will it sound in six months? In
a player acquires a new instrument
(old or new) an intimate relationship
is begun, and it takes time for
the player and the instrument to
get acquainted with one another.
A brand new instrument must compete
with the very best of the old master
instruments; it must sound great
from day one. A buyer should never
buy an instrument with the hope
that it might improve in tone over
time. I always advise, "Love
it now, and because it's well-built
– not too thin and not treated
with caustics in order to imitate
age – it can only improve
with the passage of time."
Nobody builds old instruments. All
new instruments "settle in"
with time. The settling process
varies depending on the instrument
and the amount of time spent playing
it. Generally, the sound-post needs
replacing within the first two to
three months and then again after
a year. After that the instrument
becomes more stable. Even old instruments
that haven't been used much go through
this same process once they are
you guarantee your work?
guarantee my instruments completely.
I take pride in them, and they are
my best advertising, so it's in
my interest as well as yours that
they always sound and perform at
their best. To this end I always
take care of an instrument until
it is "settled in." After
this period I like to do sound adjusting
on all of my instruments at no cost
to their owners. In addition, all
my work comes with an unconditional
lifetime warranty (my lifetime).
Should a problem ever develop with
an instrument of mine that is due
to my own workmanship or choice
of materials, I will correct it
free of charge.
does the shipping work? What about
send you an instrument of mine,
I bear the one-way expense of shipping
it to you (FedEx Next Day Air).
If and when you return it, I ask
that you also use FedEx Next Day
Air – packing the instrument
as you received it – and that
you assume the cost of shipping
it back to me. This is standard
practice in the trade. The instrument
will be insured by me at all times.
To make it convenient for you, FedEx
will come to your door to pick up
the shipment. 1-800-GoFedEx (800-463-3339).
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