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About Us

Located in a beautiful historical adobe building in Glendale, California (just north of downtown Los Angeles), the Metzler Violin Shop has been serving string players of all levels since 1979. Musicians are attracted to the Metzler Violin Shop because of it’s warm, friendly atmosphere, expert violin makers on staff, huge selection of instruments and bows, teaching studios, and a string sheet music library second to none.

Barbara Don

Thomas Metzler, Owner

Tom gives each customer his full attention in his unhurried, soft spoken style. In 1972, while a violin major at the University of Iowa, Tom decided to pursue his dream of being a violin maker. He headed for Mittenwald, Germany where he studied German until an opening became available at the Bavarian State Trade School for Violin Making, from which he received a degree in 1976. After a three-year apprenticeship with Hans Weisshaar, Tom Metzler and David Rivinus opened a small shop in a second-floor walk-up in Glendale, California. In 1983 they moved the shop to its present location, and David Rivinus left the business shortly after to concentrate on instrument making.

Barbara Don

Barbara Don, Co-owner
Barbara was one of Tom's first customers.  A graduate of Pomona College and a freelance violinist, Barbara rented a room from the violin shop in order to have a violin teaching studio. Tom and Barbara were married in 1983 and Barbara joined the business to help Tom when his partner left.  She saw the need in Los Angeles for a sheet music shop specializing in bowed string instruments, so over a twelve year period she built a first-rate collection of string sheet music, which is now available here on this WebStore and at our Glendale location. Click here for more information about her violin teaching.

Our Staff
Julia Metzler

Julia Metzler, Customer Service, Sales, Rentals
Julia is the younger of Tom and Barbara’s two daughters. She is a violinist, but is mostly focused on her career as an opera singer. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in opera at UCLA, but when she is not at school she assists with sales and customer service at the violin shop.

Leah Metzler

Leah Metzler, cello teacher, cello sales
Leah is a cellist and graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Master’s Program in Cello Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Despite her busy schedule of teaching, gigging, and touring, she still occasionally has time to help the family business with cello sales, rentals and adjustments. Click here for her more complete teacher listing.

Teru Yoshioka

Teru Yoshioka, Violin Repair and Restoration
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Teru came to the U.S. in 1988 to study violin making at the Chicago Violin Making School. After graduating in 1992, Teru came to work for the Metzler Violin Shop. He has over 20 years experience in restoration and repair and has earned a local reputation for his tremendous skill in varnish retouching.

>Aram Grigoryan

Aram Grigoryan, Instrument Setup and Repair
Aram is an expert at instrument setup, and can quickly fit a fine bridge or sound-post, and smooth your fingerboard to the ideal shape.  He is kept very busy throughout the year with both customer and shop setups and repairs.

Joseph Liu

Joseph Liu, Bow Repair and Restoration, and Making
Joseph will produce the perfect rehair for our customers every time!  But much more than that, he is both a highly trained violin maker and bow maker, and we are pleased to offer his instruments and bows for sale here at the Metzler Violin Shop! For the fastest service, please make an appointment in advance for your bow work.

Leah Metzler

Wesley Wang, Customer Service, Sales and Reception
When you call the Metzler Violin Shop, or walk in the front door, the helpful young man you encounter is most likely Wesley!  A recent graduate of UC Davis, Wesley is a talented violinist and aspiring violin maker, and has recently begun working on making his first violin.

Ryan Kinchen

Ryan Kinchen, Sales and Web Development
In addition to being a fine violinist, Ryan has great skill in photography, photo retouching, and social media.  Ryan is responsible for producing all the fine instrument and bow photography on this website.

Gabriel Moctezuma

Gabriel Moctezuma, Bookkeeping
Gabriel is our part-time bookkeeper that you may encounter if you visit the Shop in the morning. He is highly trained and experienced in both bookkeeping and accounting, and in the many software programs these skills require.

Violin teachers at The Metzler Violin Shop (click here)

Cello teachers at The Metzler Violin Shop (click here)