Chicago >Shopping > Guadagnini Violin Shop
407 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060541.876188 -87.629100
Neighborhoods: Loop, Central
Chicago's best violin shop! – I am proud to highly recommend Mr. Chunyee Lu and his Guadagnini Violin Shop. As a freelance violinist and teacher new to the area, I have greatly benefited from Mr. Lu's expertise, his dedication, his honesty, humility, fair prices, cheer, and humor.
In particular, his restoration skills are superb. My ca. 1800 Lippold violin has never sounded so good or responded so easily. He has transformed some inexpensive antique bows which I had picked up over the years (sensing their playing potential) into wonderful playing tools. With new hair, a new silver tip and winding, new grip, cleaning and polishing, etc., he transformed a late 19th century ironwood bow into a real gem, and all this in record time and with no fuss. Mr. Lu, besides being a wonderful craftsman, is also a fine violinist, so he understands these matters from different angles. I appreciate that perspective very much.
Mr. Lu's work is as good or better than any of the more expensive shops I've been to in New York or Europe. A graduate of the Chicago School of Violin Making, one of the top schools, his attention to detail is truly extraordinary and his approach is highly insightful, artful, scientific and experience-based.
The guy is simply a genius at what he does.
On a personal level, he is a delight, as is his lovely wife Wen. They're great people. I'm very glad to have my instrument and bows under his care and recommend him most highly to anyone.
MOST WONDERFUL AND HELPFUL!!! – Greetings,
I had my violin maintenance done at the Guadanini Violin Shop and Mr. Chunyee Lu took care of it beautifully. More then that, he was kind enough to take the time and make a custom made chin rest for me (at a price that any one else would laugh at, it was so low). Many known players trust him to take care of their prized instruments, and that is the reason that sometimes there may be a waiting line :) Although, Mr. Lu is always accommodating and perfectly nice. I can not help but guess that whomever gives him bad reviews is either full of persecution complex, a competitor, or BOTH.
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