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I recently discovered Matthew Schmidt when looking for a luthier closer to home. I had previously been driving to Michigan and Toronto before hearing about Matthew.Last week I had the opportunity to meet Matthew so he could look at my cello - he looked at every aspect of my cello and ended up reshaping the bridge plus recommending some other things to adjust. The improvements to the sound on my cello are notable!I found Matthew not only to be personable and welcoming, but extremely professional and knowledgeable. He took all the time required to thoroughly explain what needed to be done. I will be certainly be back for the recommended work, and also highly recommend Matthew to anyone needing work completed on their instrument— amateur or professional!
Matthew is absolutely phenomenal at what he does! He is confident and patient at the same time, explaining every process of his work in detail. His explanations are not only understandable to a beginning violinist - like me, but educational at the same time. His work is meticulous and his attention to detail second to none. I am very pleased with the finished product and would highly recommend Matthew to anyone who plays a stringed instrument.
I have nothing but praise for the exceptional work Matthew did on my cello. He replaced my sound post, adjusted my bridge and fixed several other problems. He is very thorough and takes the time to explain everything that needs to be done. My cello has never sounded so beautiful! Thank you, Matthew!
Matt replaced my sound post, cleaned the varnish and did some tonal adjustments. My viola hasn’t sounded this good for a long, long time. He also rehaired my bow. The hair is very straight and the amount of hair is just perfect. I found him very easy to work with. He is definitely into a collaborative discussion about your instrument and playing preferences. I look forward to working with him in the future. I had been travelling back to the US to have my instrument taken care of (this will give you some idea of how picky I am!).
Matthew recently re-haired and restored a violin bow of mine. The work was first-rate and the bow plays beautifully!
My bass sounds amazing! I brought it to Matt for a repair which he took care of but in the process, readjusted the bridge and sound post and took care of a number of other problems. It’s never sounded so good. I am so pleased that there is a good luthier for basses in London.
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