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My   instruments are made in a variety of sizes to accommodate the needs   of the individual musician, and I will copy a specific instrument on   request. I strive to achieve the sound qualities and appearance of   the best examples of the Italian master makers, using first class   materials. Both new looking and antique finishes are available.
The violins I make are inspired by the Cremonese masters Guarneri del Gesu and Antonio Stradivari. I also build a small pattern Guarneri del Gesu model that is based on the concert instrument of Roman Totenberg. It has a back length of 34.8cm.,and has a slightly shorter string length.

This viola, a collaborate work by David Polstein and myself was awarded the
Silver Medal at the 2012 Violin Society of America Competition in Cleveland.
For violas, I offer a Gasparo da Salo   model derived from the large tenor in the collection of The   Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. I have made several visits to   study the pristine examples there over the years, and have had   excellent results with this model. Sizes range from 16-16 5/8".   Other viola patterns include Venetian master Matteo Goffriller and   the Cremonese Andrea Guarneri viola made famous by William Primrose.
I make cellos on three patterns:   Stradivari, Goffriller and a rare Guarneri del Gesu. They are   available in Willow, Poplar or Maple. The use of alternative woods   for the back and sides was a common practice of the Italian school,   and in fact many Stradivari cellos were made in poplar or willow.   The sound is rich and colorful, with plenty of power.
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