|Qian Ni studied music in the United States and founded Eastman Strings. He and 2 musician colleagues brought instruments from Western-trained violin builders to their hometown in China. Mr. Ni hired a group of established master violinmakers and established a violin workshop devoted to handcrafted instruments. The reputation of Eastman Strings’ instruments for tonal quality and excellent craftsmanship has grown.
Today, the instrument and bow making workshops at Eastman operate in the same manner as late 19th century European workshops. They have no power tools aside from the band saws used to cut out the necks and the outlines of the tops and backs. Thanks to Eastman, string players today have advantages unknown to earlier generations: quality Cellos, Violas, Flattop and Archtop Guitars, mandolins & bows, available worldwide.