Welcome to Guarneri House!
Established in 1978
Dealers of rare string instruments and bows, located in the Heritage Hill District of Grand Rapids, Mich., the Guarneri House collection consists of instruments and bows suitable for the beginning student to the seasoned professional to the consummate concert artist, as well as for collectors of fine, rare instruments and bows.
Guarneri House sells, repairs and restores student-level instruments, fine orchestral instruments and beautiful, centuries-old rare instruments and bows. Our luthiers are master craftsmen and have won awards as makers of handcrafted instruments and bows.
From choosing a first instrument for your child to commissioning a handcrafted, professional instrument or bow for orchestral and concert use, Guarneri House provides courteous and knowledgeable service for your every musical need.
About Our Staff
Steven Reiley: President, Master Bass and Bow Maker
Steven Reiley holds a master's in String Instrument Studies from the University of Michigan. He majored in double bass performance and minored in cello.
As the owner of Guarneri House, Steven's activities range from hand crafting double basses and bows to restoration work on both. Steven appraises instruments and bows brought to him from all over the country and abroad. Some of the world's leading concert artists, professional musicians and teachers such as Ani Kavafian, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Schlomo Mintz, Lawrence Hurst, and many others have purchased bows made by Steven Reiley. His basses can be found in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Omaha, Grand Rapids, Danish Radio Orchestra, Beijing Symphony and the Berlin Opera.
Steven serves as Centerfold Editor of "Bass World" magazine, a publication of the International Society of Bassists. He won two awards of distinction at the 2003 International Society of Bassists Makers Competition. His Testore model double bass won a "Certificate of Tone" and his French-style bass bow won the "Convention Favorite" award. In 2005, at the International Society of Bassist Makers Competition, Steven's bow won a "Certificate of Workmanship" and a "Convention Favorite" award. At the 2011 ISB Convention, Steven won a "Certificate of Tone" on a bass he entered in the makers competition. Commissions welcome.
Steven McCann: Master Luthier
Steven is Guarneri House's expert on making, restoring and repairing violins, violas and cellos. His hand made instruments are recognized for their excellent craftsmanship, easy "playability" and aesthetic beauty. Steve has been in the business for 30 years, originally training at Bein & Fushi in Chicago, Ill. He was head of the shop of Kachier Brothers in Pittsburgh before moving to Grand Rapids in 1985. Commissions welcome.
Aaron Reiley: Luthier
Aaron has worked with wood all of his life, growing up around the workshop of Guarneri House. However, his full potential as a luthier wasn't realized until he began working full-time for his father. Aaron constructed his first double bass, a Panormo model, patterned after a double bass owned by concert artist and teacher Larry Angell. Aaron's first bass received high marks from the judges at the 2003 International Society of Bassists Makers Competition. Aaron made (and sold) a second bass for the 2005 ISB Makers Competition and again received high marks. Aaron made a copy of Edger Meyers Gabrielle bass and received high praise on his recent tour of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Aaron entered opus 8, in the makers competition, at the 2011 ISB Convention and won a Silver Medal for tone and Convention Favorite Honorable Mention. We at Guarneri House are very proud of the work he is doing!!!
221 John St. N.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Ph. 616 451-4960 Fax: 616 451-9556
Steven Reiley e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOURS: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 to 5:30
Saturday 10:00 to 2:00
Sunday and Monday closed