Fine Instrument Restorations

Lisle Violin Shop maintains the largest workshop in Texas to meet the varied needs of our customers. Our staff includes three violinmakers who are able to handle even the most delicate instrument and bow repairs. Services include french polishing, varnish repair, all varieties of crack repairs, neck grafts, button patches, splines, and many other intricate repairs which can be necessary in the restoration process. Our luthiers can assess your instrument or bow for needed repairs and also make recommendations on repairs needed versus value. We also offer services to restore an instrument for display purposes only for those who wish to display a family heirloom.  Whatever your needs are, we can help restore your old instrument or bow to its former beauty and allow it to reach its full potential.

Meet Our Luthiers

Dorian Barnes

Violinmaker and Repairer, joined our staff in 2002 after a number of years working as a violinmaker and repairer in the Indianapolis area. A graduate of the University of Indiana Violinmaking Program, he has worked for Casa del Sol and Consort International prior to joining our workshop staff.

Gabor Molnar

Violinmaker and Repairer, a 1983 graduate and certified instructor of the Violinmaking School associated with the Liszt Academy, in Budapest, Hungary. On staff at Lisle Violin Shop since 2003, his 32 years of experience provide exceptional knowledge and experience in the repair and restoration of fine old instruments. Recipient of European Master's Certificate in Violinmaking in 2011. He continues to create a limited number of new instruments modeled after the instruments from the Golden Period in Cremona.

Franki Liu
Cinco Ranch

Franki Liu, is a professional luthier specializing in violin, viola, and cello. He joined Lisle Violin Shop in 2007 and began as an apprentice to Wen Hua Wu, a former violin maker for Lisle Violin Shop. Under Wen Hua Wu's tutelage, Franki has progressed from doing basic setup work to advanced repairs and restorations. In addition to his repair work, Franki is also an active maker, having completed his first instrument in 2013. He has developed a following of professional clientele at the Lisle Katy location.