Fine violins, violas, cellos, and basses for sale or rent. Instrument and bow repairs. Exceptional customer care.

Resident Luthiers

L. Dalton PotterL. Dalton Potter

During the past 30 years, Mr. Potter has built a reputation for expertise in tonal and playing adjustments to some of the most historically important string instruments in the world.

His long experience in fine restorations contributes significantly to the instruments he creates from scratch, as well as the high-quality workshop instruments produced in his shop.

Influences: Appreciation & Affection

Violins & Violas (Now accepting orders)

Jeremy Yoder, LuthierJeremy Yoder

Jeremy Yoder is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School, where he studied violin making and repair with David Polstein and Thomas Hummel. After graduating in 2004, he joined the Potter Violin Company, focusing on violin and viola repair and set-up.

Jeremy also makes new instruments, drawing inspiration from classical Italian instruments of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Violin: $8,500 (Instrument only)
Viola (Any size): Please call for availability and pricing.

Joseph Yoo

Joseph Yoo ViolinJoseph YooJoseph Yoo is a graduate of the Chicago School of Violin Making, where he studied under Fred Thompson and Becky Elliot while also working at Michael Becker Fine Violins.

After graduation, he started his own workshop in Los Angeles, CA. He joined The Potter Violin Co. in the Fall of 2010, with a focus on violin and viola repair and set-up. Joseph is a member of the Violin Society of America.

Violin: $8,500 (instrument only)

Viola: Please call for availability and pricing.





American Luthiers

Stanley Kiernoziak

Initially trained in Poland as a luthier, Kiernoziak moved to Chicago to work for W.H. Lee. He is currently working from his home studio in Chicago, having had much success placing his instruments with players around the world.

His most recent awards include certificates of merit and silver medals for tone at recent Violin Society of America Competitions.

Viola/Cello: Please call for availability and pricing.

Tetsuo Matsuda

Born in Akita, Japan, in 1945, Matsuda credits a childhood surrounded by music as the inspiration for his violin skills. After moving to Tokyo, Matsuda became interested in western classical music, notably violin music. Soon after, he began studying violin making with a local maker in Tokyo in order to learn the basics of his profession.

In 1977, Matsuda moved to Italy to fulfill his dream of studying violin making at the Cremona Violin Making School. In May of 1983, Matsuda moved to Chicago, IL and worked for the W.H. Lee Company. He currently works out of his home studio in Barrington, IL.

Matsuda has won Silver Medals for violin and viola at the Stradivari International Violin Makers Competition in Cremona, and Gold medals for both violin and viola making at the Violin Society of America International Competition.

Violin/Viola: Please call for availability and pricing.

Italian Luthiers

Marco Anedda

Marco Anedda is based in his own workshop in Monterchi, Italy — near Arezzo in Tuscany.

He graduated from the violin making school of Gubbio, then worked in the Sorgentone & Mecatti Workshop of Florence. He is a member of the Tuscan Violin Making Association. Anedda makes violins, violas, and cellos, inspired by the designs of the masters Guarneri, Amati and Stradivari.

Violins: Please call for availability and pricing.

Federico Falaschi

Federico Falaschi ViolinBorn in 1974 in Pistrino (Perugia), a small town in Umbria, Falaschi entered the world of violin making at the School of Gubbio, led by Warrior Spataffi. He has participated in several master classes organized by the "Violin Parma" and directed by artists like Hans Nebel and Guy Rabut.

He has collaborated with Maestro Paolo Vettori and the Master of Florence Lorenzo Frignani of Modena with whom he practiced the Emilia-Romagna tradition of violin making.

Falaschi is a member of the Arts and Crafts Modenese and lecturer at the Museum of Modena.

Violins: Please call for availability and pricing.

French Luthiers

Frederic Chaudière

After studying at the international Newark School of Violin Making in England, Frederic Chaudière returned to Montpellier in 1986 to set up his workshop and make instruments.

In 1989 and again in 1992, he won first prize for sound in the Maurice Vieux Viola Competition, and in 2010, the jury prize and audience award at the International Association of French Cellists.

His violins, violas and cellos are played by renowned soloists around the world, including Jean Jacques Kantorow, Ruggiero Ricci, Norbert Brainin of the Amadeus Quartet, Igor Ozim, Alexander Sitkovetski, Gilles Apap, Rainer Moog, Young-Chang Cho, and many more.

Chaudière is president of AIMM (International Music Academy of Montpellier), an association whose eminent professors come to Montpellier each year to give master classes and concerts during the Radio France Festival. He was also the scientific expert for the 2008 Stradivari exhibition being held at the Fabre Museum.

Violins/Violas/Cellos: Please call for availability and pricing

Nicolas Gilles

Nicolas Gilles ViolaNicolas Gilles was born in 1977 in Montpellier, France, where he expressed an interest in music from a very early age. He pursued diplomas as both a performer and instrument maker.

Upon formal completion of his training, Nicolas opened his own workshop in Montpellier. He has won many awards for his instruments, notably the gold medal for quartet, gold medal for viola, and silver medal for cello workmanship in 2004 at the Violin Society of America International Competition. His instruments are in high demand.

Violins/Violas/Cellos: Please call for availability and pricing.

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