Musicians who play professionally should consider investing in a professional instrument. Joseph P. McDevitt, owner of Fegley Instruments & Bows, is a Philadelphia luthier who is passionate about his craft and can help you decide on an instrument that is absolutely right for you. We think you’ll be more inspired to play and practice if you absolutely love your instrument.
Joe was trained in the art of making stringed instruments at the elite North Bennet Street School in Boston, and apprenticed with Marco Coppiardi, a master violin maker from Cremona, Italy, and Hans J. Nebel, a world-renowned violin restorer. His passion for his craft enables him to deliver the full musical potential from each and every instrument he makes.
A “luthier” is a person who builds and repairs a variety of stringed musical instruments, such as violins, violas, cellos and guitars. The word comes from the French word luth, meaning lute. The art/craft requires a combination of mechanical drawing skills, woodworking skills, an understanding of the theory and application of varnish, and knowledge of how to play each instrument, as well as its set-up, basic maintenance and repair.
Whether you invest in one of our handmade violins, violas or cellos, or buy an antique instrument, it will continue to make beautiful music for decades, and sometimes centuries, if you keep it in good repair. Here are a few of our recommendations for proper instrument care:
Necessary repairs should be done by a reputable Philadelphia luthier, such as Fegley Instruments & Bows. Developing an ongoing relationship with a highly skilled luthier will maintain your instrument’s health, and it will reward you with magnificent music for many years to come.