John Montgomery, Inc. located in fast growing downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, serves musicians nationwide and internationally. We provide full restoration services for fine violins, violas, and cellos as well as bow repairs and insurance appraisals. The shop’s set up work meets the highest professional standards for both modern playing and period performance
John Montgomery has worked as an instrument maker and restorer for nearly 40 years. He received a Thomas Watson Fellowship in 1977 to study folk instruments in France and went on to attend the Violinmaking School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. Montgomery studied under William Monical in New York City and in 1983 founded John Montgomery, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was inducted into the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in 1987, is a member of the Violin Society of America and has served on the boards of both organizations. John is known for his restoration of fine instruments. He is a consultant and advisor to the collections of classical stringed instruments at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. John has served as a judge for violinmaking competitions, as faculty in violinmaking workshops and is a frequent lecturer and panelist. Montgomery’s instruments, after the works of Goffriller, Stradivari, Seraphin and Guarneri are played in major symphonies across the United States.
Brian Kelly is a graduate of the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. A fully trained maker and restorer, Brian currently builds violins, violas and cellos based on the classical models of Stradivari, Guarneri and Montagnana. He joined John Montgomery, Inc. in 1998. Brian was awarded membership in the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in 2006, and served on its board from 2010-2012.
Charles Nelson began building guitars in the shop of Ron Pinkham in Glen Cove, Maine. He is a graduate of the Red Wing School in Minnesota, and has been employed at John Montgomery, Inc. since 1990, restoring and repairing instruments. Charles enjoys playing traditional old time music, primarily mandolin, with the Southern String Band in North Carolina.
Freda Kerr joined John Montgomery Inc. in 1992 as bookkeeper and receptionist. Her knowledge of the shop’s inventory is extensive. She is eager to assist with our customers’ needs for these items. Freda's interest in the arts extends to dance. She is a member of Aloha Kanaka O Hula Halau and is a performer of Polynesian dance.