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6-string Mezzo Violin for Ljova Zhurbin

2015-08-18T13:49:11+00:00January 24th, 2008|

Our first 6 string Mezzo violin was recently completed and is now in the capable hands of the wonderful Ljova Zhurbin who is fast becoming at home with it and already making recordings exploring the huge range of the instrument (E,A,D,G,C,F). Check out his baby naming journal at This instrument is the next generation [...]

10 string Octave Mandolin Completed For Stuart Allen

2015-08-18T13:38:43+00:00January 24th, 2007|

For Stuart Allen Jordan and I have also just completed work on this custom 10 string Octave Mandolin for Stuart Allen, a musician from our own hometown of Ithaca. Red Spruce top and Stevensoni Rosewood back and sides. The thing roars. It is nice to have one of our babies here on the local scene [...]

Completed 6 String NV

2017-04-04T13:54:27+00:00August 20th, 2006|

Here is a look at recently completed 6 string NV. Built for Dan Trueman, Assistant Professor of Music at Princeton University ( ) . Dan explains, "I teach composition and electronic music here, and my dissertation was titled Reinventing the Violin, where I talk specifically about some of the issues that your instrument addresses." He [...]

New Jack Mount

2015-08-18T13:27:45+00:00August 19th, 2006|

Here's a look at a new jack mount we've been working on for use with our Aceto/Violect violin pickup on an acoustic instrument. It incorporates an RCA jack into an Ebony Guarneri style, chin rest. It adds no weight, is very clean in appearance and function. An elegant solution to a common problem For more [...]

The Dojo

2015-08-18T13:26:31+00:00August 18th, 2006|

This was a fun one we recently finished for Andrew Farnsworth, guitarist and mover and shaker for the band Mectapus, one of my own musical projects. Check out the web site at for some samples of the NV violin and Oneida guitar on disc. They are also touring around the east this summer so [...]

Dan Hoffman Leaves ISI

2015-08-18T13:32:11+00:00April 18th, 2006|

After many fun, productive and exciting years together, Dan Hoffman has left ISI to focus on his own violin making. That was a good run Dan we wish you the very best. His excellent and capable handiwork can still be found in some of our instruments. Particularly in the fine varnish work found on our [...]

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