RSV St. Petersburg, FL

Address:
4155 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10AM-5PM
All other hours by appointment

St. Petersburg

Ron moved his family to St Petersburg FL in 2017, and established a store soon after on 5th avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg.

Originally operating as a repair and restoration center, a retail space was soon added so the location could operate as a fully functioning sales and production facility for restorations.

The St Petersburg location is staffed by some of the finest Restoration Specialists in the business today.

David Sayers, a trained cellist, and son of a cabinet maker in New Zealand, studied violin repair in Australia, and initially worked in a Violin shop with the famous John Ferwerda, which launched his career. David eventually opened his own shop and worked for many years in Australia. In 1987 David took a sabbatical to tour Europe and America on a quest to learn more about fine string instrument repair and restoration, eventually landing in NYC to apprentice under some of the finest Luthiers in the city. He worked for Jacques Francais Rare Violins full time from 1990 to 1995. After retiring from the business, David moved to Atlanta pursue a new career as a wood sculptor. To finance this endeavor, he began working with Ron part time, and unexpectedly renewed his passion for string instrument restoration. David is now one of Ron's full time Repair and Restoration Specialists based in the St Petersburg location.

Josue Pineda, originally from Honduras, has been repairing and restoring string instruments for 20+ years. He studied his craft under the famous Tfchu Ho Lee, the co-founder of the Chicago School of Violin Making. After his schooling, Josue returned home to Honduras, and struggled in the repair and restoration business there. On the advice of family that already lived in Gwinnett County, he approached Ron and asked to come to work for him. Ron sponsored his relocation, and Josue has been working with Ron ever since.

No restoration is beyond the scope of our talented team. We also handle the set up of finer instruments out of this location, as well as service the education systems of the Greater Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

Why Customers Choose Us

1 / 1
Jeannine Cavaliere
I am a professional cellist from South Florida and I recently purchased a world class Personal Model Cello made by Gary Garavaglia from Ron. What a beautiful instrument!! Not only is it gorgeous but the sound is beyond compare It is my soul’s voice… I love my cello!!! Ron gave me a terrific trade in price on my existing cello...
Little Miss Sunshine
At Ron Sachs’s violin shop in St Petersburg,Fl, the luthiers Ron, David, and Josue have worked on some of the finest instruments in the world. They bring their million dollar expertise to any instrument they work on bringing sound and beauty. Whether it’s a beginner instrument or fine collectible instrument, these luthiers provide the same attention and detail to quality...
David Chase
Brought in a used violin, and was given first class service on the spot to bring it up to player's condition with 7 or 8 repairs, and a full setup, within about an hour.
rachel n
Beautiful place with a huge selection. The owner Ronald and his assistant Chris were both so friendly and very helpful as I am just learning how to play and came in for a violin rental. They didn't have their typical rentals available but rented me a very high quality violin off their show room floor. I found this very considerate...
Mark Cavitt
Ron took my cello to a new level of performance with his recommendations and those of my cello instructor, Fred Gratta. I am very pleased with Ron's attentiveness to detail, response to requests, competitive price matching on components and ancillaries, and timeliness. Thank you Ron and welcome to St. Petersburg.
Charlotte Mathews
I've been a fan of Ron's instruments for several decades and I'm thrilled to find that he's opening the shop full time just in time for my relocation to Florida. Looking forward to being a regular here!
Charlotte Vaughn
I've been a fan of Ron's instruments for several decades and I'm thrilled to find that he's opening the shop full time just in time for my relocation to Florida. Looking forward to being a regular here!
Katie Taylor
I am so glad I found Ronald Sachs!!! I was hesitant on bringing my violin in thinking I would be pressured to buy a new one or make very expensive upgrades when really all I wanted was new strings put on and to have him look it over for possible maintenance. Ron was able to take a quick look at...
Cori Lint
I'm thrilled at the work Ron did on my cello. He recommended some repairs and new parts (nut, bridge, resurface fingerboard) that I knew I needed. I was on the fence about his additional recommendation which was a rather major structural repair, but I went for it and could not be happier that I did. It opened up potential in...
Cathy Stevens
Beautifully detailed work on my instrument. Easily cooperated with me to get the repairs done around my trip to St Petersburg. Could not have been more pleased. So happy to find a luthier of this quality.
Aaron Thompson
Very knowledgeable staff.
Doniyor Zuparov
Ronald Sachs is the best. He does very great job with a repair, sell, appraisal and all what musicians need for. Many of TFO members are very pleased with his job. Highly recommended to all musicians in this area and beyond.
Louise Jones
I simply cannot say enough about the great experience I had with this shop. My violin was difficult to play well and I had no idea what poor condition it was in until Ron looked at it. He explained in great detail why I was having problems with it and the issues I was having were confirmed when he used...
Brandon Warf
My wife and I need to be able to recommended her students parents to a Luthier that consistently delivers on what they promise. Ron has shown us he cares deeply about each instrument that goes into each one of our students hands. Also ordering a rental instrument online is easy. When it comes to honesty, Ron will be direct about...
Winsome Francis- Raghu
When it comes to the purchase or repair of musical instruments, Ronald Sachs is the “go-to” place. When our son was in his middle school’s orchestra we needed a “good” bass for his age and size so one of the music teachers recommended Ronald Sachs. In high school when he outgrew that bass we went back to Ronald Sachs and...
Katerina Juraskova
I have recently had major repairs and servicing done on my cello by Ronald Sachs at his shop in St. Petersburg, FL. The work was promptly and beautifully done. As usual, he gave personal attention to my situation, explaining what he did and why. He is extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to help me find a bow...
Andrea Alonzo
I had a wonderful experience purchasing a new violin from Mr. Sachs. He's knowlegdeable, professional - and I really love my new instrument!
Glenn C
Ronald is very patient and helpful with beginners, even adult students. He takes the time to explain things, his prices are very fair, and he clearly loves music and his work. I'd highly recommend this business to anyone.
Christine Redfield
St. Petersburg has a new Sach’s 5th Avenue! If you want to buy/sell/repair a violin, viola, cello, bass or any accessories you hit the jackpot here! I was amazed as soon as I opened the front door. From the instant warmth of a beautiful display of instruments to the exceptional personal greeting from Ron himself, I was in awe. This...
Laura Smith
As a professional cellist in the Tampa Bay community for more than 30 years, I’m so glad to have Ronald Sachs in the area where I am confident that my cello will get excellent attention. It now sounds better than ever thanks to Ron’s repair work and expert adjustments. Customer service is friendly and highly educational. He carefully explains what...
P Dutilly
I am so glad Ronald Sachs opened this shop in St. Petersburg! I first starting taking my instrument to Atlanta to Ron's shop in 2013 while I was in grad school for viola performance. My viola had been owned by the same person for 57 years, was gifted to me, and was in desperate need of modernization. In only a...
1 / 1

Questions about our store?

Our team is here to help.

(844) 789-6909