Jamie Herrmann Violin Maker

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
Oregon Symphony

“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…”

Dover Quartet


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.

Testimonials

 

Noah Geller, concertmaster
Seattle Symphony

I had the good fortune of living near the workshop of Jamie Herrmann and Jacob Mitas while I was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  My violins and bows were serviced there frequently, and I came to expect only the highest level of professionalism and promptness from them.  I have received probably a dozen rehairs from Jacob and they were always excellent. I enjoyed his work so much that my only modern bow is made by Jacob himself!  
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.  Jamie and Jacob are both stand out guys who are fun to be around.  If you are a Portland area string player, I would highly recommend you stop by their shop.  
Noah Geller, concertmaster
Seattle Symphony
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THE DOVER QUARTET: JOEL LINK AND BRYAN LEE, VIOLINS, MILENA PAJARO-VAN DE STADT, VIOLA         CAMDEN SHAW, CELLO

Our entire quartet always feels lucky to be performing in Portland--we get to visit Herrmann and Mitas! Not only are these two people some of the nicest people we know, they do absolutely phenomenal work on fine instruments. Two of us recently had beautiful new bridges made by Jamie Herrmann, and all four of us have even been known to ship our bows across the United States to get rehairs from Jacob Mitas. These guys are also incredibly generous with their time. We have spent many hours camped out at their shop tweaking and adjusting our instruments and just generally picking their brains. We highly recommend Herrmann and Mitas to string players anywhere.
Dover Quartet: Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violins, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola, Camden Shaw, cello
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RAY CHEN

I've known Jacob Mitas since I was a student at Curtis, and he has rehaired my bows all the way through my professional life as a soloist. Jamie Herrmann has always been the guy who takes care of my instruments. While I'm delighted that these two have teamed up to form their own shop, it has been such an inconvenience to my life since these guys left Philadelphia. I hear they do mail order rehairs and repairs but I have yet to try and FedEx a Stradivarius. Portland, treasure them.
Ray Chen
 
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ANNA MARIE AHN PETERSEN: VIOLIST OF THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

Jamie Herrmann did beautiful restoration work on my 1769 viola while he worked in Philadelphia. He also very thoughtfully (and patiently!) helped me figure out the correct sound post adjustment to get it to sound its best. I highly recommend Jamie Herrmann for any discerning string player.

Anna Marie Ahn Peteresen: violist of The Philadelphia Orchestra
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Erin Furbee, Assistant Concertmaster
Oregon Symphony

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Jamie has done fantastic work on my violin! I have an old Italian violin dating back to 1701, and have been frustrated with its playability for years. When I brought it into Jamie's shop, he suggested several things that would make the violin speak more easily, and now my violin sounds the best it's ever sounded! The tone is clearer, there are more colors to the sound, and the instrument rings and projects more fully. I don't have to work as hard to play it, and my hands and arms feel the difference, too! 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
Oregon Symphony
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WINIFRED HORAN - VIOLINIST, FIDDLER IN SOLAS.

Jamie Herrmann took such care with my violins when he worked on them in Philadelphia. I was absolutely delighted with the results. For a musician, knowing that your instrument is in caring and talented hands is a true comfort. My violins were pretty beat up after a long tour, and when I explained to Jamie what i needed, he exceeded my expectations. My violins came back in a beautiful condition with,new bridges, sound posts, fixed cracks and seams resealed! They sounded and felt gorgeous and I could tell that they were treated with care and attention. Beautiful work!
Winifred Horan - Violinist, fiddler in Solas.
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Bosco Takaki, musician. Kyoto, Japan

 

 I've been playing one of Jamie's fiddles since 2009. The fiddle has a warm well balanced tone. Because Jamie is a fine musician and an artist himself, he knows how to make a fiddle that sounds AND looks good.
Bosco Takaki, musician. Kyoto, Japan
 

pHIL YATES- GOOGLe review, Portland 2015

 

My experience with Jamie was fantastic. He is very personable, patient, thorough, and does great work in terms of repairs and instrument setup. I brought him a recently purchased violin to see if the old repairs disclosed by the previous owner were stable, and if there were any additional issues that needed to be addressed. I was able to watch the entire process, and Jamie patiently explained how he was able to determine if the repairs were stable (I learned a ton). He then showed me another four repairs the original owner had not mentioned (thankfully, all were stable). Jamie noted several alterations that would likely enhance the playability of the violin, and once again, took the time to explain what the benefits would be and exactly what would be done. He also suggested that the violin had great “sound potential” – which piqued my interest, because I thought it already sounded great. When I decided to go ahead with the alterations (planing the fingerboard, new custom bridge, etc.), I told Jamie what changes to the sound of the violin would make it perfect (at least to me). He really listened to what I wanted; the violin sounds amazing - better than I could have imagined. And it plays like a dream – the alterations he performed and the overall setup really improved the playability. Bottom line – Jamie took a good sounding and playing violin and brought it up to a completely different level of quality. Portland is lucky to have a luthier with Jamie’s background, experience, and skills who provides such a high level of service, regardless of the value of the instrument. It's hard to imagine finding this degree of individualized attention at a larger shop. I can’t recommend Jamie strongly enough.
 
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Hours by appointment.