TAYLOR'S FINE VIOLINS
YOUR ANTIQUE VIOLIN SPECIALIST.
Lyndon J. Taylor
TAYLOR'S FINE VIOLINS
IN REDLANDS, CA
Please note I operate by appointment only, so please call ahead. Mon-Sat, days and evenings. 909-793-8506
Taylor's Fine Violins offers complete violin sales and repair services. I am located in Redlands, in Southern California's Inland Empire, near San Bernardino, and Riverside, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, off the 10 freeway. I specialize in the restoration of modern, baroque, and transitional violins. I mostly restore and sell instruments that are 100 years old or older. I do not sell brand new instruments of any kind, unlike most of my competitors, who mostly sell new Chinese violins in the student and intermediate level. A market where I sell IMHO better sounding antiques for a similar price.
My violin store caters to lovers of all types of music, and features instruments that appeal to a wide range of musical tastes, especially instruments that show signs of decades of use through natural, not artificial wear to the instrument and varnish. (Instruments for sale)
In addition to careful competent violin repairs, I spend a lot of time with set up; Bridge, soundpost, pegs and fingerboard, to get the best sound possible from each and every instrument I work on. I price my instruments quite reasonably, you may be pleasantly surprised at my prices. While I have a select few higher end instruments, I specialize in affordable student and intermediate grade violins.
My repair prices are reasonable too; $60 to fit a bridge, $40 to fit a soundpost, $120 fit a new set of pegs, including the high quality parts. I charge as little as $250 to disassemble the violin, repair up to three cracks, and put it all back together again in tip top shape, but fittings are extra. I do have violin strings and parts, and can order anything I don't have in stock.
I pride myself in being up front and straight forward with my customers, and am looking forward to serving you to the best of my ability. HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY is my motto. I do not offer written appraisals but I do offer free informed verbal opinions and recommendations. And if you have an especially expensive instrument, I can refer you to the most highly qualified restorers in the Los Angeles area.
I have over 30 years experience in building and restoring musical instruments. I have spent my time roughly 50/50 between building clavichords (baroque keyboard instruments) and restoring violins. For the last ten years I have concentrated on violins, slowly building up my skills and inventory.
I have about 9 years of apprenticeships with viola maker C.Martin Kob, Yucaipa CA, bow maker T. Burdell Tenney, Redlands CA, and violin maker Ruth Evans, Riverside CA.