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, appraising, 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
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 25,000 instrument makers. I have photos of many 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. I will also probably forget to update this when those prices rise.
There are many
These pages have 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 100% free information to the public, I feel it is that important to help educate people and also 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
I hope that these pages can be helpful and I will add more information as I can, I also welcome any recommendations for additional information which I will add if factually relevant. I also welcome any questions. Please see the Contact Me page.
I have also started a Yahoo group called
Education and Employment
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. The violin making page shows a very small sampling of pictures included in this book.
Links that are provided below are listed as they have some great information, I am not connected to them in any monetary way nor do I specifically recommend their services.
Violin Society of America - Violin Makers Society, but anyone can join
American String Teachers Association (ASTA) - professional
Chicago School of Violin Making - one of three professional violin making schools in the US, where I learned the craft
American Federation of Bow and Violin Makers
Good & Free Online Violin Making Manual - To abbreviated for the novice
Robert Cauer Violins Web Site - Lots of great Information
A Guide to Choosing Strings - Your first stop should be the violin store as two violins of the same brand will sound different with the same strings.
Summer Music Programs - Worldwide guide to summer programs
Free Sheet Music - free is only legal if it is not under Copywrite
Printable Scales - one, two and three-octave scales
The Violin Channel - Lots of information on current events in the violin world
Find a teacher - online or local - I always recommend local first as it is best that the teacher has a
My Former business, Lashof Violins, now run by two of my former employees. I no longer have any monetary connection.