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  • Professional, friendly, great information and experience to share. Very recommended! Bows, instruments, accessories, repairs, music, etc.
    - Larry Myers

  • Such a good place, I bought my violin there and I am very satisfied. If I could, I would rate this 100 out of 5. Peter is really nice and educated about instruments.
    - Isaac Bai

  • Brought my bass in for a minor repair (buzzing on fingerboard) and it sounds and feels totally brand new! Really nice staff and quality is superb.
    - Taylor Arbogast

  • Peter is knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. He listens to your needs and works accordingly. I am extremely pleased with the bow, strings, and advice I received!
    - Alexander Aeschliman

  • Thoughtful, creative and persuasive workmanship helped me hear the right cello to purchase. Zaret's innovation in bow technology and in sound mechanics for stringed instruments provides a breakthrough in extending warm rich tones and clarity.
    - Devra Davis

  • Excellent violin shop. It's been around for a while but I just recently found it. The owner is extremely helpful and knowledgeable on violins and other stringed orchestral instruments. I'm extremely happy with my new violin and rehaired bow.
    - Nate Kelmes

  • If I can give more than 5 stars! Mr. Zaret and staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Made recommendations of choosing appropriate cello for my son. They offered us several cellos to try and select one that's compatible with my son's current playing. Welcoming environment and non intimidating as some string shops. We are so glad that we found Mr. Zaret's shop and will definitely return for future...
  • I’m on tour with a band and at one of our shows my cello fell over breaking the neck. I was devastated and had great concern as we had another show the following day in another state making it impossible to leave my cello anywhere for repairs for any length of time. They got it done overnight. Wow! They even loaned me another cello for the night for free. I can’t praise them enough! Thank...
  • I bought an instrument off eBay and it was damaged during shipping. Peter Zaret and Sons Violins did an excellent job fixing my instrument. Every step in the process was seamless. I received a fair estimate for the work, and the work was completed in a reasonable time frame. Peter and his staff members were all very professional and kind. They even replaced the strings for me, as I requested. I was...
  • Drove 2.5 hours to have my violin worked on. When Peter heard I had driven all that way, he said he would work on it that day to save me from driving back and forth!
    One of the nicest luthiers you will ever meet. He took the time to find out what I wanted done to my violin, explain what he was going to do and what the cost would be.
    I ended up playing a violin that he made with his bass bar invention...
  • Dear Peter,
    I want to thank you for helping me select my Wolfgang Raab 16 inch viola I love playing it. You always come to mind when I pick it up and I just saw your video playing the Telemann Concerto one of my favorite pieces. Your carbon bow is perfect with my viola I rarely put rosin on it and it brings out such a rich clear tone. I pray you and your family and staff are well during this difficult...
  • Dear Dr. Zaret,
    Just a note of thanks for the violin exchange this past weekend. It has made a significant difference to my playing already as I have not had to use my mute and I can clearly tell when I am playing quality notes and songs do sound better. The violin with the tonal enhancement does have a more vibrant sound but I am not at the level where the “sizzle” is not a distraction.
    ...
  • I just received my violin bow. I am a beginner with only 5 lessons into learning. I have a rented violin and bow and researched synthetic bow string and found Zaret and sons. I have to say the bow is absolutely beautiful and even though I am a beginner and don’t know much yet, I will say this bow definitely makes a difference in my bowing technique and the sound is amazing. The balance is perfect....
  • When I bought my first viola one from you I was delighted with the robust sound and easy response. It was a solid performer through more than 200 performances and rehearsals with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Now in my 14th season with the MET, I’m glad to own another one of your violas. Peter, your ingenious (bass bar) invention has increased immeasurably my comfort and pleasure in music...
  • Hey Peter – I hope everything is well with you. I seriously didn’t think my instrument could get any better, but the improvements you’ve made on it are mind blowing. I can’t believe how beautiful the sound is. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to let you know how thankful I am. Thanks soooooooooo much!
    - Keisha Cassel

  • You know, Peter, I grew up in Texas where men generally are reserved and don’t use terms like “wow.” I got my violin today. The notes pop out of it like an old Italian instrument. If there is a better sounding $5000 violin, I have never come across it. Thanks.
    Perry Combs

  • I can hardly quit playing my new violin to send you this email. I love my new Wolfgang Rabb with bass bar. It is absolutely amazing! I thank you from my heart. I have also printed most of your articles and have them in my “P.Zaret” file.
    - Marlee Penebaker

  • Our granddaughter Reece’s progress since she has been using the Roman Teller we purchased from you with your bass bar is incredible. Her motivation has increased, and she has become increasingly excited about her music. Her playing has markedly improved, and she has won positions in all-county and all-state orchestras.
    - Paul Shirley, Winter Garden Florida

  • I just wanted to let you known how great my bass with new Bass Bar has been sounding. This is a picture of me recently performing Paganini’s Moses in Egypt variations with my youth orchestra, and all I can say is, “Wow!” My 1807 Hornstainer filled the hall with no amplification while maintaining its warm, deep tone. Even the harmonics were clear from the back of the hall. Thanks again...
  • Our 8th grade daughter, Libby, competed at the DEMTA (Douglas-Elbert Counties Music Teachers Association) competition last weekend. She came in first place, but I thought you would especially enjoy the note the judge wrote at the bottom of the judging sheet: “Nice sounding cello!” Aaah, but we already knew that, didn’t we? Thanks again for your totally awesome bass bar.
    - Jeni &...
  • We are amazed at the quality of sound that comes from Maggie’s violin considering its relative affordability. People in our situation are most appreciative of your ingenuity – we have a terrific young musician but a limited income. Before we learned about your violins and bass bar we had no idea we’d be able to afford the quality instrument our teacher was insisting Maggie needed....
  • Dear Peter,
    What a Genius you are! Thank you so much for putting your latest bass bar improvement in my viola and violin. The viola is dramatically improved: more power, more even tone, more depth of tone, the A string which tends to be nasal in tone on most larger violas is much more beautiful, and has much greater ease of playing.
    The violin which was shrill from top to bottom when I sent it...
  • Peter, I can’t tell you enough how enjoyable the 1831 Pasquale Ventapane violin is and what pleasure it gives William to play it. The violin sounded truly outstanding at the suburban symphony concert and brought many comments from the symphony’s violinists! Your bass bar is truly genius.
    - Bill & Dr. Debra Shaub, William’s parents

  • Hi Peter,
    The violin has improved so much, far more than I expected. My Canone now sounds as good as a Guarneri del Gesu, maybe even better. Do you agree? … If there would be an orchestra of string players all having your bass bar, how would it sound? Maybe we will know in the next few years when more musicians will take the “risk” to send their violin to you! Thank you again,
    ...
  • Dear Dr. Zaret,
    I want to thank you again for the magic you’ve worked on my violin. I will probably never understand the science behind what you do. The upper register is clear and brilliant without being brassy, the lower register warm and full and much more responsive than before. I’m so grateful for the work you’ve done! You are a gifted artist and generous person, and we are...