|Jim Cundall has worked in marketing/customer relations for almost sixty years. His background in chemistry lead him into the graphic arts field as a technical specialist where he took pride in solving customer's problems as they arose. He was considered an expert in his field and his knowledge was highly sought after. He retired from Eastman Kodak in the early 80's to work with his son Steven in the Luthiershop.
He is a caring, personable person who takes pride in service and is probably the person you will see when you walk in the door of the Luthiershop. His main goal is to help you or your child, and nothing gives him more pleasure.
| Steven apprenticed as a violin restorer at Bein and Fushi Rare Violins, an internationally renowned shop in Chicago. Working in Chicago for nearly seven years, he mastered the craft of violin restoration. For additional training, Steven has attended the Oberlin Summer Violin Restoration Workshop under the direction of Vahakn Nigogosian, formerly of the Rembert Wurlitzer Shop of New York. Another well-known restorer who taught at the Oberlin workshop was Horacio Pineiero, formerly of the Jacques Francais Shop also in New York. Both of these expert restorers accepted him as an equal during his stay in Ohio.
When he competed at the Violinmakers’ Association of Arizona International Competitions in the early 1990s, Steven Cundall won many awards for his instruments, including “Best Overall Craftsman” and “Best Tone”. His instruments are characterized by excellent craftsmanship, rich tone quality, and ease of playing. He selects wood from a large stock of well-aged European maple and spruce to make his instruments. Adolfo Odnoposoff, a well-known concert cellist and professor at University of North Texas, commissioned Steven years ago to make a cello for his personal use. It was the instrument he played until his death.