String Repair


Includes complete disassembly of the instrument, clean and polish and then reassembly with existing parts to the best industry standards possible.  Strings are replaced as needed.  Pegs are adjusted to move smoothly in the peg box.  A final bridge and sound post adjustment assures that the instrument is performing to optimum capacity.


Complete Service

Competent luthiers at Summerhays Music offer services from simple repair to complex restoration.  As each instrument is different and each playing situation unequal to others, we happily offer free consultation to determine each client's needs.  A menu of services offered include:

  • String replacement, one at a time or all at once.
  • Bridge work, new fitting or reshaping of existing bridge.
  • Crack repair and body work including restoration of damaged corners, smoothing of damaged edges, simple or complex (top-off) crack repair, varnish repair and color matching, seam separations and wing cracks.
  • Pegs and peg box work, refitting pegs and precision reaming of peg holes, peg box crack repair and re-bushing of peg holes.
  • Sound post work, new fitting, re-shaping and/or re-setting of existing sound post.
  • Fingerboard, nut and saddle work to shape, smooth, dress and glue each in place.
String Repair Complete Service
Bow Rehair

Bow Rehair Service

Summerhays Music offers bow rehair sevices for violin, viola, cello and bass. Bow rehairs are done with top quality Mongolian or Siberian horsehair. We offer student or professional level options in white, black or salt and pepper.

Meet Our Pro Strings Department

Pro Strings Group Pic

Melissa Collins, Samantha Kadisch, Christian Rapp, Estefan Cortez, Tom Zheng

Estefan Cortez

Estefan Cortez, Pro Strings Department Manager

Estefan Cortez grew up in Patchogue, New York. He started his classical training on cello at the age of 10 years old under Ira Kosivair. He quickly fell in love with the instrument and excelled in his musical studies throughout school. In 2009 he received a full scholarship to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Music Education with a concentration in cello from The College of Saint Rose in Albany NY. While there he studied under cellist Dr. David Bebe. Shortly after completion of his degree Estefan was hired to start and run a music program under the direction of master luthier Charles Rufino. Estefan took a non-excitant music program and made it into a wonderful place for students to learn and become excited about music. In the 4 years of his employment at the Long Island Violin Shop he took a program of 0 students to 125 students a week. Estefan quickly made a name for himself as a teacher and a violin dealer while doing workshops, showings, and dealing high-end instruments throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Estefan met his wife Samantha, at the Long Island Violin Shop while she was doing her apprenticeship and both of them now work together at Summerhays Music Center and they are very excited to bring new ideas and their expertise of fine instruments to the Summerhays team.

Christian Rapp

Christian Rapp, String Repair Technician

Christian was born in Germany and began playing the violin at the age of 5, continuing lessons until he was 15, then switching to classical guitar. Years of High School Orchestra, Jazz Group, Blues Band and several performances gave him inspiration for what the musical world has to offer.

After a specialization in English and Music in High School, he attended Wood Carpentry School which showed him that his real interest was to be found in the making of wooden string instruments. He studied an apprenticeship in the making and restoring of Classical Guitars and musical general, in Xalapa, Ver., Mexico. After getting married, he earned a BA degree in Restoration at the National School for Conservation, Restoration and Museum Studies, living, teaching and working in Mexico City for many years, with his own Luthier shop. He was then invited to work for Summerhays Music Center which opened a new chapter for him and his family, becoming finally residents in 2007 and finding a new home in Utah.

Christian lives in Murray with his wife, son and a cat. He enjoys bike riding, music, good veggie food and playing classical guitar.

Melissa Collins

Melissa Collins, String Repair Technician

Melissa Collins is a violin maker living in Salt Lake CityUtah. A graduate of the Violin Making School of America, she has long been interested in the relationship that exists between fine craftsmanship and the science of sound. This interest influences every step of her violin making process. From the initial selection and sourcing of wood up to the final set up of an instrument, Melissa utilizes her experience as both a luthier and a musician to craft instruments that look and sound beautiful. She brings this same interest and focus to her work doing instrument repairs, restorations and fine set ups at Summerhays Music.  She recognizes that the relationship between a musician and their instrument is a precious one and she aims to provide players with instruments that will truly allow them to shine.

Samantha Kadisch

Samantha Kadisch, String Repair Technician

Samantha Kadisch started learning how to play the cello at the age of 9. As she got older she developed a passion for creating and playing bowed string instruments. At the age of 15 years old she started working at the Long Island Violin Shop in New York as a Violin Maker and Sales Associate under the direction of master violin makers Charles Rufino and Endre Fischer. Throughout her career at the Long Island Violin Shop, Samantha has attended several workshops at The University of New Hampshire Violin Craftsmanship Institute for Intermediate and Advanced instrument repairs, Oberlin College for Bow Restoration and Rodney Mohr’s Bow Making course to further her studies.

Samantha’s passion for violin making has also motivated her to teach students as well. She has traveled to many public schools and universities to present a hands-on instrument maintenance workshop where students learned how to detect minor repairs.

In April 2017, Samantha moved to Utah to start her career at Summerhays Music Center as a Luthier/Bow Expert. In the fall she will be attending the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City to expand her knowledge in Violin Making.

Tom Zheng

Tom Zheng, String Repair Technician

Bio coming soon.


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