Photo of David Van Zandt in his workshop

I've been a professional violin maker for over thirty years. The majority of my instruments are purchased by professionals needing a vehicle to bring new possibilities to their existing technique and by advanced students requiring an affordable alternative to old master instruments .

Each of my instruments is built from start to finish in my own hand with the finest raw materials. I have no apprentices, nor do I use pre-carved or semi finished materials, with the exception of fittings. While each of my instruments has it's own voice and unique stylistic differences, all are built to a high professional standard. Often my instruments are immediately available for audition through one or more fine instrument dealers or directly from me. There is no price difference whether purchasing from me or from those shops representing my work. I often work directly with clients on a commission basis to meet their specific requests. Most of my instruments are in the hands of musicians performing with contemporary technique, but I have a special fondness for constructing instruments for baroque and classical performers as well.

The following is a short video produced by Ed Sozinho and Tegra Stone Nuess filming me during the construction of my 128th instrument, a violin now owned by Tari Nelson-Zagar.

Finger plane tattoo on David Van Zandt's arm

Inquiries about my instruments are welcomed. I can be contacted via e-mail or reached in my Seattle workshop at (206) 478-9603. If I 'm unavailable and you reach my answering machine, please leave your name and the best time to call back.  I will return your call.

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