Elevating craftsmanship to an art!
Combining woodworking excellence with high level music performance – artist and luthier Mike Asetta knows how your instrument should sound AND how you will enjoy its playability.
If you are seeking high quality repair or restoration of your string instrument, seek out Mike Asetta. Mike repairs all string instruments, violins to cellos, specializing in the double bass. As an accomplished musician himself, Mike thoroughly understands the relationship of all parts of an instrument to each other. By optimally fitting the sound post, carving the bridge, planning the fingerboard, or fitting the strings through the nut, Mike focuses on skilled adjustments and setup to guarantee you the best sound and easiest playing instrument possible for your optimum performance. Luthier Michael Asetta is a master craftsman. Honoring the history and tradition of artisans from the ages, Mike applies his passion for music and dedication to excellence to every musical instrument he renews.
Inspired during a meeting with the world renowned luthier Louis DiLeone, Mike initiated an apprenticeship with Mr. DiLeone in 1978. Mike’s friendship with Lou continues today, over 35 years later. His first string instrument repair workshop opened in 1995 in the famous Hartford Colt factory, later years he operated from his own restored barn in Cromwell, Connecticut. In 2008 he completed a new facility specifically designed to repair and showcase string instruments, located in Middle Haddam.
Michael has immersed himself in the study of the long history of Italian, Austrian, German, and Czech instrument makers. He regularly visits the workshops of the finest international craftsmen operating today such as Wilfer, Pollman, and Zakopcanik. Mike has also studied the instruments maintained in personal and museum collections worldwide from the Gaspero da Salo and Maggini instruments in Innsbruck, Austria’s National Music Museum to the New England made instruments in the Selch collection (originally housed in New York City, now located in Oberlin).
Mike Asetta performs all work on every instrument personally. Repair estimates are always free and best done in person, contact Mike at 860-685-1621 to schedule an appointment.