This Web Page is for factual Information* regarding Violins, Violas and Cello's, their Making, Repair and General Information without any bias to sell you anything.
I am a retired professional violin maker and repairman with over 35 years experience in the retail market of sales, repairs and the making of bowed string instruments. I graduated from the Chicago School of Violin Making in 1980 under the teachings of Master Violin Maker Tschu Ho Lee. I have made over 160 instruments (violins, violas, cello's, bass, viola d'amore and viola da gamba) and my instruments are played by professional and amateur players throughout the US. I have also taught approximately 20 individuals how to make instruments with 5 having gone into the profession. I have been a violinist since 1968 and have played with professional, semi -professional and amateur organizations. I have performed in many venues in the Eastern US.
I am glad to answer any questions you might have regarding repairs, instrument making, sales, and rentals. I cannot give you an accurate appraisal or estimate of repair costs since I don't have the instrument in front of me. I do however have a database with information on more than 20,000 instrument makers, many of which I have photos of their labels and also thousands of photos of their instruments in my archives. In addition I have an extensive reference library to research makers. If you would like me to examine pictures of your instrument, I will be glad to try, see the Contact Me page for more information.
I have included a section under instrument care that has repair prices from my former business; this is only to be used as a reference as many shops will have different and possibly higher prices.
There are many web sites out there with information on violins, some are good and many are full of untruthful and misleading information provided by dealers and internet sites that just promote their own products. Any outside links that are provided on my site are for information only and I am not connected to them in any monetary way nor do I necessarily recommend their services. You will never see any instrument or accessory of any kind for sale on this site.
This site has received so much traffic that I have had to go to a paid web hosting service. Even though I now have to spend money to bring this information to the public, I feel it is that important to help educate people so that costly mistakes can be avoided.
* Obviously with a project of this size there will be a few things that will be opinion based, like string sound and rosin characteristics. These things are offered for guidance but your personal experience may be different because these products will produce differing results on different instruments with different players.
I hope that these pages can be helpful and I will add more information as I can and of course welcome any recommendations for additional information which I will add if factually relevant. I welcome any questions.
I have also started a Yahoo group called violindiscussions for the discussion of things pertaining to bowed instrument repair, making, identification, sales and rentals. The files section also includes a number of free E-Books on making and other violin related subjects.
Education and Employment
- 1973-1974 - Willis Gault School of Violin Making - Washington DC
- 1973-2000 - Orchestra Pit Performer in DC, Chicago and Maryland
- 1973-1975 - Concertmaster for MCYO Chamber Orchestra - Maryland
- 1973-1979 - First Violinist (Trio and Quartet) with Bethesda players - Maryland
- 1973-1985 - JCC Orchestra - Maryland
- 1974-1976 - Instrumental Teacher at the Concord School - Maryland
- 1975-1976 - First chair seconds with MCYO Symphony Orchestra - Maryland
- 1976-1977 - Concertmaster for Frostburg University Orchestra - Maryland
- 1977-1983 - String Repair Specialist with Washington Music Center - Maryland
- 1977-1979 - University of Chicago Orchestra - Chicago
- 1977-1980 - String Repair Specialist with Quinlan and Fabish Music - Chicago
- 1978-1980 - Violin Repair Specialist for William Harris Lee - Chicago
- 1978-1980 - Assistant Teacher at Chicago School of Violin Making - Chicago
- 1977-1980 - Chicago School of Violin Making - Chicago
- 1981-2007 - Owner of Lashof Violins - Maryland
- 1981-2007 - Technical Director at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater - Maryland
- 1983-1988 - Primary Repair Specialist - Weavers Violin Shop - Maryland
- 1993-1995 - Private Violin Teacher - Maryland
Awards and Publications
Currently in the works - an extensive affordable e-book for the novice violin maker and repairman with hundreds of pictures and drawings. Publishing date estimated in 2015-16.
- 2008 - Chester Petranek Award for outstanding community service in enriching the musical life of the Washington Metropolitan Area
- 2007 - The Technical Side of the Musical Theater 118 pg. E- Book - I have been involved with about 100 full stage musical productions, most on the technical side
- 2004 - Mr. Holland’s Opus Service Award for dedication to helping others
- 2003 - American String Teachers Association Certificate of Appreciation
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