Jacob Mehlhouse, trained luthier, violin maker.
I studied violin repair in Red Wing, MN after working for several years in a violin shop in Iowa. After finishing my studies in Red Wing in 2000 I moved to Tulsa and worked as shop foreman and sole repairman for five years with Tulsa Violin Shop. In 2008 Tulsa Strings Violin Shop was opened in midtown Tulsa, Oklahoma to offer a better selection of affordably priced quality instruments all setup and adjusted by a trained luthier.
Repair and restoration are the most important part of my business. I am trained and experienced in all repairs and restorations for the violin family instruments and bows. Contact me, or visit if you have an instrument needing repair or simply want it checked over. Free estimates for work are provided with a visit to the shop.
Luthier is a fine art, combining traditions that span centuries and continents. Many of our instruments share much of that history, and often bare scars of wear, and un-trained repairmen. My goal is to provide strings players with high quality work on their instruments using traditional repair techniques while preserving them for future generations.
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Identification and Evaluation
I offer free verbal appraisals, and written upon request ($40)
Certificates of authenticity and identification can be arranged for your instrument.
My shop usually has a large selection of modern and antique instruments for most every player's budget and taste. We carry instruments by Eastman, Howard Core, Samuel Shen, Scott Cao, Sonatina, Arcos Brasil, Hofner, Paesold, and many other companies and makers.
You are welcome to take fine instruments on trial for a week. Trade-in value of 80% for all instruments from Tulsa Strings. Consignment options available. For any market I can find you a violin to suite your needs. Visit the INSTRUMENTS section to see a few of the violins now available.
Studied violin repair in Red Wing, MN with Lisbeth Nelson Butler at the Minnesota State College.
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My training continued with different shops and repairman including Amos Hargrave, Horacio Piniero, and most importantly the players. After spending years working for Tulsa Violin Shop as shop foreman and sole repairman, I started my own, Tulsa Strings Violin Shop in spring of 2008.