The best violin shop anywhere! 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.
Awesome new space and honest guys. Have been doing business with them for over 10 years and zero issues with them. Great selection of gear. They have loads of vintage guitars but I was surprised to see they now have Martin acoustics and lots of other new gear. They have more Hofner basses than I have ever seen. They also sell drums but only Ludwig. If youre passing through Chicago you've got to check them out. Parking os also better than he old space! No more lugging amps up a two flights of stairs!
awesome place !!!!!!! excellent teachers music store and recording studio rehearsal room available.