Greg was completely up front. It was all about what I wanted, and he did not sign off until we got that dark chocolate sound I was looking for! Great work!
Bonnie Bewick Brown,
Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist
Greg Vitale does great set-up work, and the old instruments that he sells are truly exceptional and an amazing value. One cannot find fiddles like these in other shops. I have seen both professionals and students walk away extremely happy with their purchase and continue to love their instrument over time which is so important.
Julia Cash, violin faculty,
New England Conservatory Prep School
Our fourteen year old son tried countless violins and bows from shops in Greater Boston, yet we felt no closer to making an informed decision. We suffered violin buyers angst. I was frozen in a state of indecision. Two people separately recommended that we meet Greg, and when we did, the anxiousness dissolved. Greg was patient as we came to understand each instrument, and provided insight that we did not find elsewhere. Nearing sixteen, our son is still playing regularly, and we are very pleased with this purchase.
Roy S., parent
Greg has simply been an outstanding resource for me over the years. I purchased my much-loved violin from him many years ago, and the process was very comfortable for me. As a professional violinist himself, he really knows what a player is looking for in an instrument and understands how personal the choice of an instrument is. Since that time, I have used Greg for maintenance and adjustments on my violin. He has tremendous skill, professionalism, and great ears, and working with him has always been very pleasant. He has also done emergency repairs for me in a pinch. What a life-saver! I am very happy to recommend Greg to my colleagues and students and to anyone looking for high-quality instruments and instrument care. I know they will be taken care of well by him.
Heidi Braun-Hill, violinist
Many thanks for the time and attention you put into finding a fine instrument for my daughter.
Linda Toote, Professional Flutist
The tonal adjustment my viola received from Greg was fantastic. He was able to find the round, warm, buttery sound I love about my instrument, and it held beautifully despite the heat and humidity of the summer. His keen ear and fine musicianship are very evident in his approach to tone quality and he is intent on finding the individual musician's idea of how their instrument should sound. I am very much looking forward to my next adjustment.
Boston Symphony Orchestra violist
As a teacher, I feel it's an important part of my job to help students find violins when it is time to purchase an instrument. This can be a very daunting process for many families, particularly when they feel they don't understand much about instruments. I always encourage families to include Greg Vitale's instruments in their search, and nearly always, after looking at many options in the area, Greg's violins are the best fit. The quality, craftsmanship, and setup of Greg's instruments are pretty unparalleled for the price. I am truly amazed by the sound of his instruments, even at the entry level. There really hasn't been any comparison between what local shops were offering and what Greg shows.
Greg provides fantastic service and is always happy to answer any questions that families have. Students also have very good experiences when they return to Greg for instrument adjustments, repairs, or when they trade up to the next level.
A quality instrument in good adjustment is crucial to a student's continued growth and I feel extremely fortunate that Greg Vitale is using his passion and knowledge of instruments and his experience as a fine violinist to help students and professionals find great instruments at an affordable price.
Sasha Callahan, professional violinist
We have rented and purchased multiple violins and bows from Greg over the course of a decade. He is passionate about violins, and we have relied heavily on his expertise to help us find the right instruments at the right price-point as my son has grown as a player. Greg operates with the highest degree of integrity, and stands by what he sells. Moreover, he is always patient and respects the very personal process of finding the right match between the player, the violin, and the bow. Towards that end, he has always established an excellent rapport with my son, now a teenager, over the course of our relationship. We recommend Greg highly, and without reservation, to those seeking the just-right violin to make them shine.