Family Owned, Local, Committed to Strings for Over 40 Years
Welcome to the Loft Violin Shop web site. We have been dedicated to local students and musicians since 1976. "The Loft" provides exceptional stringed instruments, old world craftsmanship and the finest quality accessories and repairs for the beginner or professional. Our commitment and support to local music programs is the foundation of our business. We want to thank you for this opportunity to help advance the participation and enjoyment of music in Central Ohio.
How it all began Started in 1976, The Loft Violin Shop traces its roots back to the Joseph Ricker Violin Shop in Columbus dating back to the late 1800's. Richard Schlub apprenticed in the Ricker shop before starting The Loft Violin Shop with his brother and current owner David. Thus continuing the tradition of a family owned violin shop in Columbus, Ohio. Both Richard and David played with The Columbus Symphony at the time and identified the need for continuing quality craftsmanship and service the the central Ohio string community.
David Schlub, the current owner and luthier of The Loft Violin Shop, graduated from Bowling Green State University in Music Education before playing with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and opening The Loft. David still plays in other area orchestras and venues including the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra.
From beginning students to symphony professionals Our rental program has been providing quality instruments to students and schools for almost 30 years.
Our attention to craftsmanship, quality set-up and professional luthiery extends from the beginner to the most advanced professional player. The Loft is owned and operated by professional musicians, educators and craftsman. From the moment you walk in our workshop, you will understand our commitment to old world craftsmanship and fine stringed instruments.