Dolce Violins offers a full range of violin, viola and cello repair, restoration, set up and sound adjustment services with two of our expert luthiers below.
Sarah started her career working with violins at Atelier Constantin Popescuin Connecticut learning the basics of violin repair. After traveling to Ireland to work with an Irish harp maker she returned to Massachusetts where she entered a 3 year apprenticeship working at Stamell Stringed instruments concentrating on violin repair and set up. It is here that she developed an interest in Baroque instruments and music history.
Wanting to really get a grasp on the early stringed instruments, she enrolled in a 3 year program for Early Instrument making at West Dean College in England where the focus was in the making of viols.
She graduated and she worked at Stringers of London for a year and a half before coming to New York to work at William Monical & Son. It was here that Sarah began to work more intensely with Baroque instruments where she was able to study their history and development. In addition, she was able to work with players to achieve optimal sound quality and playability through sound adjustment and proper set up for both Baroque and Modern instruments.
Rachael has worked professionally in the violin repair and restoration field since 2000. She received her training from several Master Craftsmen. She apprenticed first with Peter Horn in Cleveland, Ohio, and then with Valerio Mongillo in Burlington, Vermont. She attended summer seminars with Hans Nebel in New York. Rachael also studied violin making under John Paul Moroz in Salt Lake City. She has spent the past eight years polishing her skills with Roland Feller in San Francisco: for two years working in his shop and since then under his mentorship In 2008.
Rachael’s extensive experience working directly with musicians allows her to optimize the sound quality and playability of each instrument as well as adjusting to each musician’s personal playing style. Her specialty is in providing an instrument that looks it’s best and sounds it’s best while functioning responsively and comfortably for the player. A violin is a tool for making music as well as an exquisite objet-d’art in it’s own right: Rachael’s work and philosophy of repair ensures that your violin will not only play it’s best, but will be structurally healthy for generations to come.