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I've been playing the violin since 1998, and one day I was in an antique store and spotted a filthy, cracked violin that was being sold as a decorative wall hanging. I thought I saw some potential in this piece, so I bought it and took it to the local "established" music store repair shop and was told bluntly that it would cost $800 and take four months. I found someone else to fix it, much less expensively and in one week, and this got me thinking that I might want to learn how to restore these older instruments and re-sell them.

In June 2002, I took a series of one-week workshops offered at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and I was on my way. The workshops were taught by an internationally known expert, Hans J. Nebel. The series included Proper Violin Set-up, Identification/Recognition, Interior Violin Repair, Advanced Violin Repair, and Retouching of Varnish, Filling of Cracks. I was immersed in this learning process eight hours a day, five days a week, for a full month.

Since then I have repaired and restored many instruments, from rental violins used in the school system, to finer, older instruments. I have developed relationships with several local instructors who send all their repair work to me. I do enjoy bringing out the best "voice" in each instrument.


I have used Brad exclusively for my violin studio for the past nine years. With Brad, I know the job will be done right, so I never have to worry. In fact, he has a perfect track record. None of his repairs have ever come back with a problem.  His prices are very reasonable. Put that together with a down to earth person and you have Brad.
I highly recommend him for repairs and string instrument appraisals.

        - Cheryl DeRosa

Cheryl DeRosa Music Studio 775-338-9560
Maytan Music Center
777 South Center Street
Reno, NV, 89501

Member NNMTA
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Accepting violin students of all ages, levels and styles.
Accepting beginning piano students of all ages.