Here are a few progress shots of the varnishing done on this instrument. I decided to try some new things to make the violin a bit more antiqued than I normally do. I didn’t want to overdo the look and here is the final result. Also, I tried a new... Read more
Sara Sant’Ambrogio breaks the land speed record of “The Flight of The Bumble Bee” on the cello. Check this out.
Jimmy McManus, (Bethlehem, PA) recently came to our shop to purchase a hand-made Hershey Violin, making this his second Hershey violin. ” I love Hershey’s instruments, great sounding and good looks. I was going to purchase a third one at this same visit but, decided to pay off this one first, it was a tough choice, I loved them both.” Jimmy plays Celtic music in the “McManus Band” Bethelhem area.
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Daniel Glessner’s Composition, Sonata a’ 5, was performed for the first time on the stage of Messiah College’s Poorman Recital Hall on Tuesday, May 4th. The piece was composed especially for Scott Hershey’s newly completed 5-string violin, which also made its debut. Violinist Gregory Glessner performed the piece with his brother Daniel accompanying him on the piano for Messiah College’s Musica Nova Concert, an annual event that showcases the college’s composers under the direction of Dr. Richard Roberson and Mr. Bruce Yurko.
The varnishing process is done! This instrument is now available.
“This instrument is one of the most resonant of the ones I’ve played “in the white” There were tons of overtones, and the fiddle has a tremendous amount of natural resistance we look for in powerful instruments. I look forward to playing the finished instrument!”~ Harrisburg Symphony Concertmaster Odin Rathnam.
Grace just couldn’t resist purchasing a second Hershey Violin. “I love Scott’s work, especially the tonal qualities of his instruments. After trying quite a few, this one just had to be mine!” Grace said. “I teach and play professionally, so I place heavy demands on my instruments. Scott Hershey’s instruments support my playing.” (read more)
Odin Rathnam performs on his recently purchased custom-made Scott Hershey violin for a full house at The Strand Theatre, York, PA. (click here to view this performance). This instrument was debuted at the West Branch International Music Festival with Odin performing “A Sweet Remembrance” (click here). Also, Odin Rathnam’s new CD release Vivaldi-”The Four Seasons” is available at CD Baby.
“Scott, It was a pleasure to meet you. Just wanted to let you know my viola sounds better than it has EVER! Great job on the touch ups as well. Not sure what you did, but you definitely have won me as a customer. Also, that new chin rest is a huge hit.” -Dr. Ken McDonald, York, Pa (5.12.12)
“Scott I can’t tell you how impressed I am with my violin (Maria Cini) after you put your hands on it , first I must say it looks like a million bucks, now the yellow and brown qualities in the varnish started to show, and the sound has opened and aquired so much luminosity it reminds me of that violin you made. I’ll bring it back to you sometime in the next couple of weeks, it has a minor scratch on the top plate, thanks so much and my regards to Debbie”.
-Romulo Enrique Benavides, Professional Violinist, Julliard Graduate, New York City.
When it came time for Elizabeth Appleby of Millerstown, PA to have her valued French made, J.B. Collin-Mezin violin restored she turned to Hershey Violins for this delicate work. “Every violinist I talked to said Hershey’s the best, a real craftsman, so that’s where I went. I bought this instrument from the Moenings Violin Shop in Philly many years ago and they did work on it over the years, Elizabeth said, I am very protective of my fiddle and in particular about the people I allow to work on it. The phone call came in and the instrument was finished and ready to pick up. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened next. The instrument looked beautiful of course but, when I played it WOW!…WOW! It has never ever sounded this good! Thank you sooooo much Mr. Hershey for your great work”. - Elizabeth Appleby.
“Your violin has a wonderful full sounding overtone and rich sound that impressed me very much” I also visited your web page and the photos + comments you made about “my” Strad were very interesting and new to me. Great! Best greetings from here! -Lars Bjørnkjaer, Concertmaster Royal Danish Orchestra
“I don’t believe any other luthier in the area is consistently entrusted to work on Strads, Guads, Peccattes, etc. by so many fine artists! Their trust vindicates your excellent work, my friend!”
-Odin Rathnam, Concertmaster HSO and internationally known violinist.
“My violin is doing a lot better! I am so lucky you were there. The crack is barely visible and I think it even adds some character”. I just got home, so lets see how it adjusts to the New Jersey weather! Thank you for everything. -Katherine Tess, Cherry Hill, NJ
“I recently had the pleasure of trying a Hershey violin and I was stunned by its beautiful tone and old world soul. I never thought a modern instrument could have the power and brilliance of an 18th century violin. Mr.Hershey’s expertise was also an invaluable part of this year’s West Branch Music Festival in Hancock, NY, where faculty, students, and guest artists entrusted him with their priceless instruments.”
Chamber Music in Grantham: Performance and Composition Intensive Chamber Music Program and Composition Workshop at Messiah College (learn more here)
Don’t miss out on this “How To” video, 90 minutes in length. Covers everything! Available here or: Stewart McDonald, Metropolitan Music, International Violins or Howard Core. Check it out and varnish like a pro. (Click here for more details).
Hershey Concert Uke’s Nearing Completion
McAvinue Chooses a Hershey Violin
Champion fiddle player Patrick C. McAvinue (Baltimore, MD) recently visited our shop to try out some of my hand-made Hershey violins and after a considerable search chose one for his professional playing. Patrick plays with several bands and tours the country doing festivals and shows. Currently Patrick plays for Audie Blaylock audieblaylock.com and smoothkentucky.com Learn more about Patrick at patmcavinue.com. Enjoy the video.
Lots of fun playing in the “Big Apple”. The members of the King family are frequent visitors to our shop and keeping the groups instruments up to snuff is a full time job. I have linked a video of Andrew playing his recently repaired violin here . Enjoy! More about “The King’s Strings” can be found @ http://www.thekingsstrings.com/
Gregory Glessner & Arthur Fiddler entertain Earth Day guests at this years Mechanicsburg, PA festivities.
Cary Burkett interviews the maker and the maestro. Hear this interview and concert online (listen now)
A Customer’s Guide to Identifying the Unscrupulous (Read now)
Hershey Violins (Mechanicsburg, PA) We are now accepting applications for our newly-expanded apprenticeship program. This is a three year program specializing in instrument making, varnishing, set-up, repairs, bow rehairing and more. Applicants must possess proficient woodworking skills, an interest in the aesthetics of the violin family, and a willingness to commit to the demands of this rewarding program. Enrollment is limited. Serious inquires concerning course information including tuition fees (email now)
For a limited time Hershey Violins (a Central Pennsylvania Santa Cruz Dealer), is offering selected “in-stock” instruments at very affordable prices. If you know anything about the Santa Cruz Guitar Company, you will know these are some of our countries most sought after hand-made guitars. Now you can own one of these fine instruments while supplies last. Call 717-697-6341 or email: email@example.com for pricing information on selected models.
This instrument is now completed and set-up December 19, 2009. Musicians interested in the purchase of this “Cannon” of a fiddle can call directly or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability. For final finished photos (click here)
Matteo Goffriller was an Italian maker living in Venice Italy (1659-1742). This cello was built to the pattern of one of his most desired models of 1720. It is a slender model that delivers a full and projecting sound. I have chosen the top wood of “Bear Claw” spruce, a much sought after wood that delivers a very nice blend of overtones when played. The back, sides and scroll are of finely flamed maple. All woods are well aged and stable. Email or call for pricing and availability.
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