Referral to a luthier in NYC?

May 3, 2005 at 05:37 AM · I'd appreciate people's recommendations of violin shops in New York City. I used to take my violin to Jim McKean, but he's become very hard to get hold of -- I think he spends most of his time out of the city. The problem in New York is that there are too many shops. I need someone who is a good luthier for setup, maintenance, and an appraisal. I want to find someone broad-minded -- I don't want to have to deal with "attitude" because I play primarily jazz and have my violin strung with metal strings. I'm sure there's someone around who fits this description. Recommendations, anyone? Thanks for any info.

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May 3, 2005 at 12:44 PM · I don't know about recently, but in the past Adam Crane, of Fine Violins of New York on W 75th, has worked on instruments for jazz players and installed bridge pickups for electrified violinists, so he should be friendly to you. His shop's phone number is 212-595-3388.

May 4, 2005 at 12:54 AM · I go to MOREL & GRADOUX-MATT, INC. and recomend them!

Hereis the info:

Morel & Gradoux-Matt Inc.

250 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 - Phone: (212) 582-8896 Fax: (212) 582-7432

Business Hours: Monday-Friday , 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. , Appts. preferred

They work on my violin and some of their other clients include Perlman, Bell and many others. You take it from there...

Regards,

PF

May 4, 2005 at 01:14 AM · Gregory Singer Fine Violins on 71st street in Manhattan. They are a superb shop. The best.

May 4, 2005 at 01:48 AM · Thanks to all three of you (Michael, Peter, Scott) for the recommendations.

May 29, 2005 at 04:27 AM · I had Kenichi Matano, 212 W. 71st St., Suite 2A New York, NY 10023 (212) 724-4476, repair a bad crack on a violin and new bridge. He did a superb job. Very reasonable too.

Bill

May 30, 2005 at 06:37 PM · I definately recommend Gregory Singer violins.

I also believe that Kenichi Matano works along with Gregory Singer if im not mistaken.

May 30, 2005 at 07:57 PM · i just fixed my violin from Rene Morel, and my violin started sounding (almost) like a strad!

May 31, 2005 at 01:04 AM · Kenichi has moved uptown -- I can give you his address tomorrow when I get back to the shop.

I would also highly recommend him. He's an excellent restorer, fast and reasonable.

May 31, 2005 at 05:57 PM · Michael,

Thanks for the recommendation. I'd appreciate getting his new address and phone number.


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