A properly set up and adjusted instrument is essential for artistic expression.
You work hard to make that beautiful sound, you strive to be your best. You need a violin or viola that does not compromise your effort, it must respond to your artistic input and soar. When your instrument is a joy to play, it allows you to play at your best.
If it's time for you to aquire a new instrument, whether as an upgrade from a rental or a new instrument to help take you to the next level, Tom Owen invites you to audition his.
It gives him great satisfaction to know that your new instrument will be an essential part of your journey as a musician.
Tom Owen Tom left his former job and after a lifelong love of woodworking and fine craftsmanship decided to pursue violin making. Tom has attended the Violin Craftsmanship Institute at the University of New Hampshire for ongoing training with exemplary luthiers Horst Kloss and Paul Wiessmeyer.
While focused on making, Tom does supply local students and players with retail violins he has personally set up. Tom believes young and advancing players need violins that are professionally set up so the player need not struggle with an unresponsive instrument.
Tom, a member of the Violin Society of America, keeps his workshop at his residence in Cedar Lake, Indiana. He can come to your home or studio anywhere in NW Indiana if you would like to audition some of these very nice instruments. Please phone (219) 613-4663 or Contact Us for more information. Teacher inquiries are welcome.
Did You Know your choice of instrument will have a profound affect on your progress as a musician? Every detail of set-up affects playability. Fingerboard curvature and scoop, string height, cut of the bridge, soundpost even your tailpiece and pegs play a roll. Tom has receivied one on one, hands on training from acknowledged experts in the details of violin set-up and making in the Violin Craftsmanship Institute at the University of New Hampshire where he has acted as shop assistant to Horst Kloss in the Violin Making course since 2009.
Consider this: Two young players begin violin lessons, one with a poorly set up instrument, one with a well set up instrument. One student grows frustrated with an unresponsive instrument and quits. The other student enjoys a violin with a rich and focused sound that is responsive and playable; this student is set for a life long love of music. Yes, the choice of even a first instrument is very important to a player's success.