If you would like to buy one of my instruments, there are a number of ways to go about it:
1. Ask to try an instrument in stock. I try to keep some instruments in stock, usually rebecs, monochords, and bows. Any of these instruments may be sent out for trial. You are responsible for shipping (usually about $60 for a rebec or monochord, $20 for bows) and return shipping should you choose not to keep the instrument. To have an instrument on trial, I will ask for a check for the total value of the instrument (plus one way shipping), which I will keep as security. If you choose to keep the instrument, I will cash the check. If not, return the instrument with a check for shipping, and I will destroy (or return) the first check.
2. Visit “Unprofitable Instruments” at an exhibition. I have been showing instruments regularly at the Boston, Berkeley, and Madison early music festivals, as well as numerous other shows. See News to see where I will be next. At a show, I typically have one or two rebecs for sale, and various instruments on display. Contact me before an exhibition if you are interested in a particular instrument so I can try to get it there to meet you (if this instrument is the trumpet marine, give me plenty of warning!)
3. Commission an instrument. I welcome commissions for instruments. We will discuss your desires for your instrument, and you can choose wood type, tuning, decoration, etc. To confirm a commission and be on the building list, I require 1/3 of the finished cost as a down payment.
Note about bows: A bow can make a tremendous difference in the sound of an instrument, particularly in medieval fiddles. I try to keep a number of bows in stock. If you are ordering an instrument I will select a bow that I think is a good match, or I am also happy to send out a few bows so you can test them yourself.
Note about shipping: My preferred method of shipping is USPS Express. This guarantees delivery overnight to most areas, minimizing time the instrument is exposed to heat or cold. USPS is more economical than FedEx. I buy insurance for the traveling instrument, and never have had an issue there. If you are buying an instrument, you may choose the method of delivery, but you are responsible for it once I deliver it to the shippers.