Quality String Instruments, Cases, Bows
Luthier Tools and Supplies
For musicians (student and professional)
Quality handmade string instruments and related accessories.
Some have inquired about how to choose a violin. You may
want to read this helpful article on buying
a violin. Although the article tailors to violins, the
same concepts apply to other string instruments.
There is certainly a world of difference between an instrument
made by machine and one made by hand. Our string instruments
are handcrafted by a number of well established makers including
and Andreas Eastman, Albert
Nebel, Ivan Dunov, Rudoulf
Doetsch, Wilhelm Klier, and Frederich Wyss, and Heffler
Klaus. These instruments represent some of the best
in tonal quality and craftmanship.
When you purchase an instrument from us, we have professional
well-established luthiers to set up your instrument for
For instrument makers (apprentices and luthiers)
- Quality tools and supplies and educational materials for
making and restoring string instruments.
All products are reasonably priced. We guarantee
everything that we sell.
Please Email us
if you have any questions or comments, or if you would like
our advice. If there are products that you do not see listed,
please inquire. We are here to provide personal service
to you. We are also committed to keep customer information
Tel: (519) 425-7858
Just a quick note to let you know how much I am enjoying
my new upright bass. Thank you for all of your patience
in answering my many questions. I really appreciate
the extra efforts you took to give me the straight
facts so I could make wise and informed choices. You
listened carefully to my likes/dislikes to help me
find the right instrument, then collaborated with
your excellent luthiers to ensure everything was set
up just right. The bass played great right out of
the box and I can't get enough of the rich, soulful
sounds that it makes. Finding the perfect instrument
should not have been this easy, but it was. Thanks
again, and you can definitely count me as one very
happy customer. - Richard Snow, Innisfil, Ontario,
used with permission)
Les Bois d'Harmonie Tailpieces
We carry professional fine tailpieces with built-in
carbon-fiber fine-tuners for advanced musicians.
Available in Hill and French styles, ebony, rosewood,
boxwood and pernambuco. Made in France. Click here
Double Basses on Sale
We have a limited number of laminated and solid Christopher
double basses left on sale. Click
here for more information.
SPRUCE AND MAPLE TONEWOOD
We carry a complete line of spruce
and maple tonewood such as maple neck blocks, spruce tops,
maple back and ribs and other parts
for making string instruments. Different qualities and aging
are available, mostly for violins and violas. We have limited
stock for cello and basses. Most of our tonewood comes from
Europe (Balkan-Bosnia and Alpine forests). Finally, we have
limited Sitka spruce tops for bass.
VARNISHES AND VARNISH SUPPLIES
For luthiers finishing or restoring stringed instruments
We have a complete line of different colored JOHA
(Joseph Hammerl) spirit and oil varnishes made in Germany.
See our large selection of Gums,
Resins, Lacs, Natural Dyes and more. for making your
own varnishes. In addition, we also carry high quality natural
varnish brushes and other varnishing supplies.
For those wanting to know more information about making
varnishes, we highly recommend the book "Violin
Varnishes", by Josef and Reiner Hammerl. In addition,
for those interested in restoring old and damaged instruments,
and improving the appearance of finishes, we highly recommend
Art of Violin Retouching / Layers, Colors and Depth"
by Brian Epp , an excellent treatise on the subject
that will help increase the value of your instrument.