The Instrument Workshop will re-open soon!
The new owners plan to have the phone, email and web site up and functioning by the first of March and hope to begin taking orders by March 21, 2015.
Please do not contact us until we post a notice here that the shop is open for business.
Our Dear Customers,
Thank you for your patience. The Instrument Workshop has a new home and new owners: the family of Stephen Bacon, his son Koyanti, and Koyanti's fiancé Karissa are committed to carrying on the fine quality products and high standards of workmanship to which you have become accustomed. I believe this family will serve you well.
Thank you again for being our customers for so many years. I hope you will continue being faithful customers of The Instrument Workshop. I especially want to thank all of you and express my deep appreciation for your heart warming and uplifting condolences.
Very soon I will be living close to my daughter, Beatrice, and her family in Austria.
Message of introduction from new owners of The Instrument Workshop:
Having been a client of The Instrument Workshop for many years and having had the opportunity to work with Lutz on occasion, I was struck with much sadness at Lutz’s passing. Barb Barasa, his shop assistant, and I stepped in as community members to help out his widow, Martha. The fact that I, my son, and his fiancé should now be taking over the business has a great deal to do with the support we have received from Anne Acker (annesharpsichords.com). She will continue to support us as our technical advisor.
I have been in the early music business since 1983, first making recorders, then eventually focusing on instrument restoration, and then also opening Bellwood Violin, a string instrument shop (bellwoodviolin.com). Over the years we have serviced many historic keyboard instruments and even built a few in the shop. Being in the community of Ashland, Oregon, with its renowned Shakespeare Festival, provides us with a clientele rich in cultural interest and pursuit of historic performance practice. My academic background is in the theory and construction of historic instruments and I am currently the Assistant Curator and conservator of the Schuman Collection of Musical Instruments at Southern Oregon University. My son has assisted me in the shop and supports us with his knowledge of computers and his ability as a fine craftsman. Our intention is to continue Lutz’s old world standards of precision and customer relationships.