Testimonials

March 15, 2014


Peter A. Tomforde - LISFA Association Scholarship Chairperson

Thank you for your continued support of the Long Island String Festival Association. Your generous donation for the "Studio Award" has been awarded to two talented students.
March 15, 2014


Steve Thomas - American String Teachers Association, NY Chapter

Thank you so much for your generosity in sponsoring prize winners at the biannual New York ASTA with NSOA Solo Competition that was held at Ithaca College this past December. Winners at the state level will continue on to the national competition in March. Thank you for helping promote string education and string playing in New for helping promote string education and string playing in New York State.

March 15, 2014


Claudine Kiffer - New York, NY

Thank you so much for all your patience during my first cello-buying experience. As you can surely imagine, it was a big, stressful decision for me. You were very patient, knowledgeable, and accommodating of my work schedule. Thanks again! I love my new cello!!

March 15, 2014


Philip L. McCanless, Jr. - Atlanta, GA

I wanted to drop you a short note of appreciation for working with my daughter in her pursuit of a viola. Interestingly enough, you were the only shop that took the time and energy to talk with her at great length as to her wishes, wants, and future aspirations regarding an instrument. 

I also want to express my gratitude for the way you worked with Shawn and us on this purchase. It was truly a very positive experience for our family and, especially Shawn as she received and instrument that she will love playing and owning for many years to come.

March 15, 2014


Larry Johanson - Highbridge, NJ

We would like to express our deepest appreciation for resolving our family's recent bow crisis. This Vuillaume bow has been our family's most treasured heirloom. The Stanhope lens was a source of entertainment for myself and siblings when were were little and then for the grandchildren as we started our own families. My Dad was given this bow from his violin teacher in the 1930's.

Although it was his prized possession, the monetary value was unknown and of no importance to him. The sentimentality was the greater value. Upon Dad's passing the bow was given to my daughter, Meredith, who had begun violin lessons at 5 years old. She has revered this bow as a very special keepsake. It was not until Meredith became a more accomplished musician and the bow was sent out for rehair that we were informed of its uniqueness and monetary value. Meredith, now 16, was devastated when she discovered the Stanhope lens had fallen out. I too, was quite upset.

Without thought, Meredith insisted that Mr. Rufino could fix it. I know she drove you and your staff crazy with her numerous rejections of the portraits, phone calls and e-mails. But it was your patience, attention to detail and affection with which you took on this project that has restored the bow to original condition. I could not be more pleased. I understand that, worldwide, a repair of this nature may only happen a few times a year. Thank you for your fine workmanship in this restoration.

March 15, 2014


Christine Wisch - Houston, TX

Many thanks for your time and help with my violin search.  I absolutely love the instrument you made, and everyone who has heard and played the instrument loves it, too!  Looking forward to seeing you in Houston on your next visit.
March 15, 2014


The New York Viola Society

Thank you so much for your contribution to a tremendous evening.  We've had enthusiastic compliments and so much of it was because of your collegial spirit and generous response to our call for this Viola Expo.  Thanks again and Viva La Viola!