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  • 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,
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  • 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...
  • Dear Peter,
    The Hammig is superb. It responds instantly on all strings and I totally believe you when say that it is as good as any Strad. This violin has excellent wood and is beautifully crafted, but it was a mystery to me why it was so poor on sound.
    From time to time there are discourses on ‘acoustics and the violin’ in the Strad Magazine with various theories put forward and hashed...
  • Dear Dr. Zaret,
    I just received the old German and the Bulgarian violins you retrofitted. The change is amazing! The old German with its small and narrow and extremely boring sound has been transformed completely. Now it has power, brilliancy and deepness. You have made a jewel from it! And the Bulgarian finally sounds even in all the registers. To say Thank you is not enough! Many thanks and regards...
  • No doubt, you must be tired of people praising your bass bars, but nevertheless I felt that I should express both my admiration and my gratitude. When I wrote to you initially I said that I was amazed at the recordings you had made on violins for students and serious players, but now that have retrofitted my violin, I realize what your bass bar actually does for a violin: The dynamic range from pianissimo...
  • Dr. Zaret,
    Enclosed is a check for another one of your lovely cellos with your bass bar. Thank you for sharing your time and giving me advice on performance careers…We so appreciate your instrument genius. Art can never go forward unless rules are broken & our fears are faced, would you agree?
    - Ann Hymel

  • I’m just writing to tell you I received the bow yesterday. It looks great, sounds great and I love it! I will probably be ordering hair hanks when I start making bows in a few months (I’m finishing my first violin now and it’s my next step). I’ll be contacting you then. Thanks!
    - Joaquin Jares, Argentina

  • The Zarelon is really fantastic! Congratulations on this great invention. It has a big sound, great articulation, and a very smooth feel.
    - Garrett Fischbach

  • Dr. Zaret has created a concept with his newly developed Zarelon bow hair. Unlike traditional horsehair, this synthetic type hair will not break, stretch or be adversely affected by weather conditions. The need for periodic bow rehairs is virtually nonexistent. Its gripping qualities on the bass is incredible even using violin rosin. Peter Zaret has once again devised another concept in enhancing the...
  • Very good, I like the clarity of the sound, evenness of sound from one end to the other, articulates well in the spiccatto, and quite expressive. Mind you I am playing on a totally new bow, I like the feel in the hand, good feel and give in the expressive passages, although it is 60gr. it fulfills well in the ff passages.
    Comparing with my Persois and Maire bows so far, I hear the difference in the...
  • Hi Peter,
    Yes, I like the new sound! It’s really terrific. I can really push it louder & louder without the tone “cracking” on me. The sound is now very even and clear in places I hadn’t even realized were fuzzy before. A huge improvement. I have the tone, now, that I’ve always wanted from this violin. Also, the responsiveness is much faster and more precise; I can...