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.