Performance Strings has a simple mission – provide an instrument at an affordable price that rivals the sound and playability of those made by the great makers of the past, while being encompassed by a buying experience that is enjoyable, educational and effortless.
Performance Strings is a small, family company owned and operated by American Bowmaker Ron Forrester. For years, Ron has been repairing and making bows for players from around the world. He noted that when talking with players and teachers alike, a certain complaint kept resurfacing in conversation over and over again. Players were frustrated when it came time to purchase a violin, viola or cello. There seemed to be two distinct categories of instruments available to them. The first option is what you see most kids and new players using – cheap, improperly setup instruments, rented or purchased from the local music store in the strip mall down the street. Then there was the second category – old, beautiful, antique instruments from makers going back hundreds of years which sound and play the way everyone wants them to, but also carry a price tag that makes them unattainable to anyone except professionals and collectors.
Performance Strings set out to close this gap in the market, and at the same time demystify the violin buying process by providing a painless and educational experience, tailored specifically to each individual that chooses Performance Strings. Please read our "About Us" section to learn more about the Performance Strings philosophy, and what we offer. If you are just interested in learning more about the violin in general, then be sure to check out our educational section under the tab "Learn." Lastly, if you are looking for a rental violin, viola or cello in fractional and full sizes, then please take a look at our Rental Program.
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