About WM Mason II
Wm Mason II Violin Shop opened its doors in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2008. We are a full service violin shop dedicated to musicians of all ages and abilities. We make, repair, restore violins, violas, cellos and basses and repair and rehair bows. ALL of our repairs are done on site by a professional violin maker.
In addition, we sell, rent and consign instruments and bows. We carry strings, rosin, cases, shoulder rests and a wide variety of other string accessories. We are also producing our own line of instruments, hand made in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
We are home the Fredericksburg Chamber Music Initiative. Taught by Tresa Scruggs and Brian Schmidt. We offer music lessons on a wide variety of instruments and styles taught by local professional musician Mark Davis.
We have hosted workshops for established makers from all over the US and continue to pursue excellence in making and repair by collaborating with other master makers.
Wm Mason Violin II Shop is partnered with Strings without Borders, an educational outreach program of the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra. We are accepting instrument and monetary donations, and can provide appraisals for the donations. For more information please visit www.stringswithoutborders.com and www.rappahannockpops.org. Remember your donation is tax deductible.
Bill Mason serves on the UMW Philharmonic Board of Directors and he and Elaine Smith-Mason are past Board Members of the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra.
Prior to this endeavor, Bill was a horticulturist and worked in many famous gardens in the state, including Stratford Hall, Ingleside and Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Elaine worked in the Graphic Design field for more than 25 years including VA Tourism, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts & Style Weekly. In 2004, they sold their house and moved to Boiling Springs, PA for 4 years for Bill to attend the Chimneys Violin Shop Apprenticeship Program.
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In The News
Violin makers fine tune their craft
By Cathy Jett, The Free Lance-Star | June 26, 2016
Made in Fredericksburg: WM Mason II Violin Shop
By A. E. Bayne, Front Porch Magazine | January 2015 (pg. 28)
Fredericksburg craftsman fine-tuning the art of making violins
By Cathy Jett, The Free Lance-Star | February 21, 2015
Fredericksburg Luthier Took Leap of Faith For Violins
By Dan Telvock | February 7, 2012
Our line of violin themed jewelry created by our very own Elaine Smith-Mason.