Jedidjah de Vries

I make and repair violins, violas, & cellos.

Below you can see some of my past instruments. To see the latest, come by and visit the shop. I always enjoy chatting with folks, hearing them play, or just sharing a cup of tea. You can also check out what’s on my bench to see photos of what I’m working on right now.

A Note on Materials:

We build instruments to last not just a lifetime, but generations. That means choosing the best materials and employing the best craftsmanship. But, to me, this commitment to a non-disposable future also extends to using only sustainable materials whenever possible. To that end, I strive to eliminate the use of all ebony in my work.

For many of my instruments I use alternatives, such as plumwood or tamarind, for the pegs, tailpiece, and chinrest. The fingerboards and nuts are a synthetic composite—called Corene—that is designed to mimic the look, feel, and workability of traditional ebony while being more durable and sustainable.

Viola (416 mm), Washington, DC 2019

 

Available at Metzler Violins.

 

Violin, Boston 2015 / Converted from baroque Washington, DC 2019

 

Available at Metzler Violins.

 

Violin, Los Angeles 2017

 

Available at Metzler Violins.

 

Sed omnia praeclara tam difficilia quam rara sunt.