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.
recommend him for repairs and string instrument appraisals.
Cheryl DeRosa Music Studio 775-338-9560
Maytan Music Center
777 South Center Street
Reno, NV, 89501
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Accepting violin students of all ages, levels and styles.