400 W. 37th St. Reading, PA 19606 | BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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Fegley’s is a boutique string instrument repair shop, focusing on repairs, bow rehairs, sales and new making of violins, violas and cellos.


Trained at the North Bennet Street School in Boston Joe continues to carry out his craft making violins, violas and cellos. With running the shop full time he only makes at most a handful of instruments per year. You can see a current list of his instrument builds at www.jpmcdevitt.com

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All instruments are carefully restored and repaired, ensuring that they are brought back to their finest condition as left by the original maker.

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We offer a superior quality of rental instruments with proper setup. Whether you are new to stringed instruments and are just starting out or are looking for an upgrade rental for orchestra, we provide the following two levels of rental programs: Standard or Elite.

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A sneak peak at some of our latest projects, whether it is building new instruments, repairing old or helping find the right instrument or bow.  We consider ourselves a one stop shop!

Joe’s adjustments bring the best qualities out of my violin, and his instruments boast the power and tone quality that you find in far more expensive offerings.

- Todd F. Sullivan, concertmasterstudio.com

Joe is a master violin maker, that is dedicated to the craft as much as he is to his clients.

- Marco Coppiardi

I consider Joe McDevitt to be one of the best luthiers I know. His string instruments have the power as well as offering a spectrum of tonal colors capable of satisfying the most discriminating players. He’s a real Berks County gem!

- Christopher Collins Lee


With our blog we try to keep our customers up to speed with what is happening around the workshop. Instruments have found a home in our workshop since the late James Fegley started the company in the late 70’s.