Wilson Fine Violins
Wilson Fine Violins is independent full-service violin shop in Birmingham. They are Oakland County's largest string rental program, with many levels of rentals available including a Rent-to-own program for beginning students through professional string players.
They accept repairs of all nature, regardless of severity of damage. Insurance repairs are also accepted on a pre-approval basis.
Their professional instructors offer a wide variety of methods and affordable private lessons in Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano.
Meet the Owner
Robert Wilson, luthier and archetier, began his professional training under luthier Dennis Lake of Lake’s Fine Violins in Birmingham, MI. In 1994, Lake offered Wilson a partnership, establishing Lake and Wilson Fine Violins. Wilson then purchased the business, becoming sole owner of Wilson Fine Violins in 1997.
Wilson has studied extensively with prestigious instrument makers and restoration specialists. He has traveled to Cremona, Italy, where he studied privately with modern Italian violin makers Massimo Negroni and Maurizio Tadioli. Wilson Fine Violins had the pleasure of hosting Negroni, Tadioli, and Angelo Sprezaga in the repair shop on several occasions, furthering Wilson's knowledge and refinement of technique.
Wilson's continuing education includes regular participation in workshops and seminars. He has traveled to the University of New Hampshire to attend summer violin and bow restoration programs with the highly regarded archetier Lynn Hannings. He studied restoration and repair techniques under renowned archetier David Orlin at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Wilson began making bows for violin, viola, cello, and bass in 2001, and is currently undertaking the construction of a Guarneri model violin in addition to his bow work. His bows are available in the shop, where he can be seen progressing with his violinmaking in the afternoons.
Expanding his creative endeavors, Wilson began designing custom electric stringed instruments in 2005, producing two quintets for the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills school orchestra programs, as well as instruments for performers and teachers across the state. These electric instruments are made uniquely for each player and are available by special order.