Great musicians make great luthiers. Many luthiers study how to build musical instruments without ever learning how to play one very well. They may know the theory behind instrument construction, but find themselves at a serious disadvantage when it comes to making the final critical adjustments. Only an experienced player can calibrate an instrument well enough for it to be worthy of a world-class professional.
On the other side, many performers spend a lifetime mastering their instrument. They may know how a good violin is supposed to sound and feel, but all the practicing in the world does little to train them how to properly adjust and maintain their instrument. Some of the greatest players have no idea how their violin is put together.
At Evans Violins, Michael and Harold learned how to play the violin from some of the finest performers and teachers in the world. We have studied the art of violinmaking in the old tradition of apprenticeship, and we can trace our lineage back to some of the finest makers. We have dedicated our lives to both aspects of the violin, the art of performing and the craft of repair and construction. The combination of our professional playing ability, expert craftsmanship, and a no-nonsense approach to both disciplines gives us a deep and rare understanding of our chosen field.