San Gorgonio Dr.
Da Salo model, England? circa 1800??
TAYLOR'S FINE VIOLINS IS YOUR ANTIQUE VIOLIN SPECIALIST
Taylor's Fine Violins offers complete violin sales and repair services. I am located in Redlands, in Southern California's Inland Empire, near San Bernardino, and Riverside, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, off the 10 freeway. I specialize in the restoration of modern, baroque, and transitional violins. I mostly restore and sell instruments that are 100 years old or older. I do not sell brand new instruments of any kind, unlike most of my competitors, who mostly sell new Chinese violins in the student and intermediate level. A market where I sell IMHO better sounding antiques for a similar price.
I invite you to please check out my new website, 4 pages devoted to violins, a page with pictures and recordings of clavichords I have built, and even a page devoted to my abstract expressionist Art. go to:
I cater to lovers of all kinds of music, and feature instruments that appeal to a wide range of musical tastes, especially instruments that show signs of decades of use, through natural, not artificial wear to the instrument and the varnish.
In addition to careful competent restorations, I take a lot of time with setup; bridge, soundpost, pegs, and fingerboard, to get the best sound and playability out of the violins I restore. I price my violins reasonably, you might be pleasantly surprised by some of my prices.
My repair prices are reasonable,too; $60 to fit a bridge, $40 to fit a soundpost, $120 to fit new pegs, including the high quality parts. I charge as little as $250 to dissasemble the violin, repair up to three cracks, and put it all back together in tip top shape, but fittings are extra.
I pride myself on being straightforward and upfront with my customers, and am looking forward to serving you to the best of my ability. HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY is my motto. I do not offer appraisals but I give free verbal opinions and recommendations. And if you have an especially expensive instrument I can refer you to the most highly qualified restorers in the Los Angeles area.
I have over 30yrs experience in musical instrument making and restoration, having split my time about 50/50 between violin restoration and clavichord making (baroque keyboard instruments). For the last eight years I have concentrated on violins and slowly built up my skills and inventory.
I apprenticed with viola maker C. Martin Kob, Yucaipa, CA, bow maker & violin restorer Burdell Tenney, Redlands, CA, violin maker RE Evans, Riverside, CA.
By appointment, days and evenings. Mon-Sat 909-793-8506
Swedish violin by Johannes Brun 1916