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About Luthier in Richmond Virginia Usa: Don Leister

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About the Maker

I repair bowed instruments and bows and build mainly violins and violas which are made in my shop, completely by me. I usually have a good selection of instruments on hand for you to try out. If you are ordering an instrument you can even select the wood!

Right now I am making mostly Stradivari model violins, Stradivari's designs are well proven and set the highest standard that luthiers strive for today. Look for a Guarneri model violin coming out in the near future.

As for wood selection I generally use aged spruce from the Italian and Swiss Alps and maple from eastern Europe although I am having good success with Virginia maple. If you are ordering an instrument you can even select the wood!

All of my instruments are done with oil varnishes that I make or buy from violin varnish makers.

I play violin for contra dances and local events and play viola in a small ensemble for fun.

In 2002, I entered my first violin making competition, the Violin Makers' Association of Arizona International '02, and won three trophies, including the top award. This violin is owned by a Chesterfield County Public School orchestra student.

Awards

2002 VMAAI Competition

Bob Wallace Grand Prize
1st Prize for tone, gut string
2nd Prize for overall points, gut string

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Viola 2001
 

Don Leister Violin maker

Viola 2001

Handcrafted viola sized 16.5" made by Don Leister, a violin maker based in Richmond Virginia. He makes beautiful sounding, affordable violins and offer expert r...

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Violin n°40 2009
 

Don Leister Violin maker

Violin n° 40 2009

Handcrafted violin made by Don Leister, a violin maker based in Richmond Virginia.  He makes beautiful sounding, affordable violins and offer expert repairs for...

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