Good violin repairer at California Bay Area?
Hi guys. I'm wondering if there are some good violin repairer that you guys recommend? I am not familiar with the Bay Area luthier, having moved here from New York. I have a modern Cremonese violin (made in Morassi's shop by one of his associates) that needs some touch up on the varnish. I'd appreciate some input. Thanks you very much for your suggestions!
Ifshin Violins in El Cerrito (just north of Berkeley). I've had all my work done here (invisible!!!). Ifshin has his own off-street private parking lot--rare in these parts and a special perk.
In addition to Ifshin and Roland Feller, if you live in the South Bay, another possibility is Kamimoto Strings in San Jose.
I second Joan Balter. She hasn't done more for me than make a bridge, but she has a great background, has been around a long time, and I trust her judgement. During the summer she's luthier to the Aspen Music Festival.
Joan Balter is excellent, honest, and inexpensive.