Elk Knob , NCDiscovery requires exploration.  My studio is located in the heart of historic Valle Crucis, a destination for many who appreciate the beauty and varied recreational opportunities provided by the mountains of Western North Carolina. By car or plane it’s no more than a day’s travel from anywhere in the country. Musicians have found the trip to be worthwhile, drawn by the unique combination of tone, playability, artistry, and affordability they find in my instruments.

Audition/Waiting List

Violinist Willa Finck

Auditions are 1-week. Please inquire concerning current availability. While a studio visit is encouraged,  I will ship an  instrument if necessary you  pay  outbound, I cover the cost of return if the instrument does not meet your needs.



Violins and violas are $12,000. Personal and bank checks, as well as credit cards and PayPal payments are accepted. For those who are not able to pay in full, I offer two options to suit your budget, which we can discuss on a case-by-case basis:  private financing, or leasing with an option to buy. Please inquire for specifics.


Sound adjustments to my instruments are always provided free of charge to the original purchaser. It is normal for a violin to change over time in response to string tension and the forces applied by playing the instrument, especially in the first few years of its life. This may necessitate adjusting or replacing the soundpost and altering or replacing the original bridge, as well as other possible adjustments, to maintain optimal tonal characteristics and responsiveness. If I have not seen the instrument in a while I will give it a thorough check and cleaning as well.

Trade-ins of my own instruments are accepted in exchange for another of my instruments. Trade-ins must have been purchased from me. You will be offered full value of original price paid minus charges for repair and restoration needed (by my determination) to prepare the instrument for sale. If the instrument you trade for is of higher cost you pay the difference.

Resale. I will accept any instrument I have made for resale on consignment. You will pay up front for  repairs or restoration needed (by my determination) to prepare the instrument for sale. Sales commission is 20%; payment within 30 days of sale.

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161 Hickory Trail  |  Historic Valle Crucis  |  Banner Elk, North Carolina  28604