Violinmaking, Repair, Restoration
“…My work with Jamie is also extensive. I remember trying a violin that he had restored out of disrepair and his work was so good that I actually bought the violin. He also helped do extensive crack repair on my Postacchini violin…”
Noah Geller, Concertmaster Seattle Symphony
“I would not hesitate to send my colleagues and students to Jamie for work on their violins; he pays close attention to detail, really listens to what you're looking for, and has a great passion for repairing, restoring, and making instruments.”
Erin Furbee, Assistant Concertmaster
“Jamie Herrmann did beautiful restoration work on my 1769 viola while he worked in Philadelphia…I highly recommend Jamie Herrmann for any discerning string player.”
Anna Marie Ahn Petersen: violist of The Philadelphia Orchestra
"...Jamie Herrmann is an exceptional instrument maker and repairman-he's made bridges for our instruments and helped with setup on numerous occasions. In addition to being amongst the best in the business, these two are incredibly down to earth, warm people and a joy to work with…”
Jamie Herrmann is a professional violinmaker and restorer. His primary focus is the making of fine violins and violas based on his first hand knowledge of historic Italian instruments. He also has a passion for fine setup and adjustment work, and enjoys the detective work required to bring out the best in every instrument he makes or works on. Jamie received his training through a professional apprenticeship in violin making and restoration with award winning Philadelphia violin maker Christopher Germain. He then worked for Frederick W. Oster Fine Violins in Philadelphia as a restorer and a manager of the restoration workshop. This allowed him to come into contact with some of the best players on the northeast, as well as excellent examples of early Italian violinmakers' work on a daily basis. Jamie later collaborated with bowmaker Jacob Mitas on Herrmann & Mitas Violins & Bows before moving to his current location in Salem, Oregon. You can expect the kind of craftsmanship and attention to detail that you would find in any of the best professional shops, but in a laid back atmosphere that any fiddler would feel comfortable walking into. A particular interest is fine set-up and sound adjustment work for serious players, who count on their instruments to perform efficiently and problem free for long hours of practice and performance schedules. It is often found that players' instruments are far from being optimized, either tonally or in terms of physical playability, and they are frequently surprised by how much more their instruments are capable of. The small independent violinmaker's shop is the ideal environment for this kind of conversation between player, instrument and maker.
Jamie Herrmann has worked extensively with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, as well as faculty, students, and graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Juilliard School. Clients include Noah Geller (Concertmaster Seattle Symphony), Sarah Kwak (Concertmaster Oregon Symphony), Erin Furbee (Assistant Concertmaster Oregon Symphony), Chien Tan (Principal Second Violin Oregon Symphony), Dover Quartet, violin virtuoso Ray Chen, Philadelphia Orchestra violist Anna Marie Petersen, and many other talented players.
Hours by appointment.