For over 10 years Vermont Violins has served the students at the Meadowmount School of Music by providing an on-site repair service and a small shop for strings, accessories, instruments, bows, cases and sheet music. They offer all levels of repairs for both instruments and bows, using the finest materials and keeping prices competitive with on-line catalogs.
The violin shop, located on campus is open four days each week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Primarily two representatives of Vermont Violins staff the shop: Luthier James Banicki and Owner/President Oren Kronick.
The climate in upstate New York is unpredictable and variable, to say the least. Some summers have been extremely wet; others fair and pleasant. Bowhair is extremely sensitive to humidity changes and will stretch or tighten dramatically as it moves from one clime to another. For this reason, you need to have your bow rehaired for high humidity. Unfortunately, sometimes the bowhair will respond differently once at the school and you may need to have it redone within a few days. This is not always the case, but it has happened. Vermont Violins can provide loaner bows to keep students practicing while their bows are in the shop for rehairs.
If you would like to contact the Violin Shop about bow rehairing email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Banicki graduated from the Chicago School of Violinmaking in 1985 and began his career in repairs at the workshops of William Harris Lee and John Norwood Lee. Shortly after, he assumed a position of luthier at the prestigious shop of Kenneth Warren and Sons in Chicago where he remained for over 15 years. While at the Warren shop, Jim worked on all instruments and bows developing a global clientele. We lured him to the beautiful state of Vermont in 2005 and has led our team and has been the principle luthier at Meadowmount since we began providing service ten years ago.
Vermont Violins: http://www.vermontviolins.com/