It is with great pride that we are able to say that we not only sell and repair orchestral string instruments but have more than a hundred instruments and bows that have been hand-crafted from start to finish within the walls of this home by our fine luthiers.

If you are interested in having an instrument, bow, or both commissioned for you, please let us know.

Aaron Reiley: Luthier/Owner

Aaron grew up in the workshop at Guarneri House. However, his full potential as a luthier wasn’t realized until he began working full-time for his father. Aaron constructed his first double bass, a Panormo model, patterned after a double bass owned by concert artist and teacher Larry Angell. The first bass that Aaron entered in the International Society of Bassists maker’s competition received high marks from the judges in 2003. Aaron made (and sold) a second bass for the 2005 ISB Makers Competition and again received high marks. In the ISB convention in 2011, Aaron received the Silver Medal in Tone and Honorable Mention for convention favorite on Opus 8. Aaron made a copy of Edger Meyers' Gabrielle bass and received high praise on his recent tour of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Aaron just finished Opus 15 and a bass with a detachable neck. 

Steven McCann: Master Luthier

We are grateful to have Steven as a part of Guarneri House's team of luthiers.

Steven McCann holds a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University.

Steven has been making, repairing and restoring instruments for over 35 years. After working at Bein and Fushi, he worked in Pittsburgh before moving to Grand Rapids to join the Guarneri House where he has since served as our head luthier.

Steven has himself made over forty instruments and is an expert not only on making, but restoring and repairing violins, violas, and cellos. His hand made instruments are recognized for their excellent craftsmanship, easy "playability" and aesthetic beauty. We only know the whereabouts of a handful of instruments so if you own a McCann instrument, please share pictures of your instrument as well as your whereabouts!

Steven Reiley:

Master Luthier & Master Bow Maker

Steven Reiley holds a master's in String Instrument Studies from the University of Michigan where he majored in double bass performance and minored in cello.

As the previous owner of Guarneri House, Steven's activities range from hand crafting double basses and bows to restoration work on both. Steven appraises instruments and bows brought to him from all over the country and abroad.

Some of the world's leading concert artists, professional musicians and teachers such as Ani Kavafian, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Schlomo Mintz, Lawrence Hurst, and many others have purchased bows made by Steven Reiley. His basses can be found in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Omaha, Grand Rapids, Danish Radio Orchestra, Beijing Symphony and the Berlin Opera.

Steven serves as the Centerfold Editor of "Bass World" magazine, a publication of the International Society of Bassists. He won two awards of distinction at the 2003 International Society of Bassists Makers Competition. His Testore model double bass won a "Certificate of Tone" and his French-style bass bow won the "Convention Favorite" award. In 2005, at the International Society of Bassist Makers Competition, Steven's bow won a "Certificate of Workmanship" and a "Convention Favorite" award. At the 2011 ISB Convention, Steven won a "Certificate of Tone" on a bass he entered in the makers competition.

Please let us know if you're interested in having a bow commissioned for you.