About Our Business & Founder
"The creation of a fine quality concert instrument that is not only beautiful to look at, but also to play and listen to, requires clear well defined goals."
- Luthier John Wu
For over 15 years, Classical Strings USA has served the national and international musical industry with highly reputable instruments and unmatchable customer service and care. Classical Strings USA take pride in their humble beginnings and, over the years, has built up a family of experienced craftsmen who are passionate about instrument creation and restoration, focused on performing these duties to the highest level. In addition to a variety of string instruments, Classical Strings USA is also known by their patrons from around the world for their top-notch work in repair & restoration and appraising of instruments. Its founder, John Wu, was born in the Republic of China into a family of musicians and discovered a passion and talent in Violinmaking at a very young age. With a passion and desire to master this field, Mr. Wu immigrated to the United States from China in the 1990’s, and studied violin restoration techniques in New York under the world renowned Luthier Rene A. Morel. Later, he advanced his study at Master David Kerr's violin shop in Portland, Oregon and recently has been influenced in his making processes and techniques by Maestro Andrew Dipper. In addition to this experience he worked many years as a Master Luthier for Eastman Strings. With such an extensive and prolonged period of supervised study and work in the violinmaking field, John Wu has been able to achieve a remarkable degree of perfection for every instrument his company makes. Over the years, John Wu has won numerous awards for his skill including "Best Violin Sound Quality" in a Chinese National Violin Making Competition, and "Best Sound and Craftsmanship" in an American Federation of Violin and Bow sponsored competition here in the U.S. He frequently holds craftsmanship classes and seminars at his company’s subsidiary factories, ensuring the integrity of every step in the making process. He is persistent in achieving the correct level of quality control throughout, from the selection of the raw materials, to the finished instrument. These strict quality control steps make Mr. Wu’s instruments stand out as superlative in a very competitive market while maintaining his promise to keeping the joy of music accessible to all communities.