Head-restorer Tatsuo Imaishi oversees the Rare Violins of New York workshop, and has worked closely with Bruno Price and Ziv Arazi since 2002. Mr. Imaishi is committed to striving for the highest level of craftsmanship and instrument conservation. Towards this end, his work reflects the company’s commitment to conservative restoration and repair. This includes balancing the needs of the client with those of the instrument, and so preserving the work of great makers for future generations.
The workshop attracts an international clientele, and is also a destination for professionals and students residing throughout the United States. The shop regularly assists the highest level of music professionals, ranging from active concert soloists, to orchestral and chamber professionals, to university professors and other educators. The shop also sees a large volume of pre-college, university, and post-graduate students who seek to maintain their instrument at optimal playability. Through regular interaction with the shop, students learn the importance of routine instrument care, and apply this approach to their musical career.
In addition to this regular customer interaction, the workshop takes on high-profile restoration projects for instruments of noteworthy importance.