And here are (many of) the artists who play our instruments - because they love them!
||Violinist, composer, arranger, educator, clinician in the Los Angeles area.
Violinist, fiddler, composer, producer
and educator; plays the London 5-String Acoustic Electric Violin, as well as the Bartig Octave Short Scale (octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukulele).
"...the tone from the London5's pickup was the best I've ever gotten out of any violin pickup." Read more of Darol's comments on his London 5-String here
||Boston singer-songwriter-violinist, Jake plays his Old No. 54 with octave tuning.
||Jazz / electronica / breakbeat artist of the Netherlands.
||Teacher of fiddle and violin.
||Fiddler, vocalist, and music therapist.
||Violinist with the dark folk band, Murzik.
"Just wanted you to know I used my London 5 string last night to accompany The James Sewell Ballet Company in a Valentine's Day Dance Show! I was able to play the Saint-Saens piece "The Swan" from the Carnival of the Animals in its original 'cello' register because of the 5 string!"
||Fiddler with the Santa Cruz, CA bluegrass band, The Intangibillies.
||Folk violinist and a founding member of Orkestar Bez Ime, Colleen also regularly performs with the Ethnic Dance Theater and Szászka String Band.
||Fiddler, currently with Whitewater Bluegrass Co.
||Violinist, teacher, studio musician, and recording engineer. Performs with the new acoustic chamber ensemble, Terracoustic.
||Orchestra, guitar, and music technology teacher at Central Dauphin East High School, and an instructor of violin and viola at the Community Music Institute, Lebanon Valley College.
||Fiddler with Aurora Celtic.
||Fiddlin' Ray - performer, composer, educator.
||Freelance violinist performing traditional folk songs, jazz swing tunes, and original compositions, bridging the jazz and classical worlds with her acoustic string music.
|| Belgian fiddler currently studying Ethnomusicology at The University of Limerick, Ireland.
||Aka Gregg Shelton, fiddler with Best Day.
||Folk, post-folk, indie-pop artist, and founder of Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards.
"My [London] 5 string is my primary instrument on the new album. Pretty exciting!"
||Netherlands violinist and composer.
||Fiddler with The Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band.
||Multi-instrumentalist, currently studying traditional music at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University, and active in several bands including her own, Firegate 33.
||Fiddler and step dancer.
||Fiddler, composer, and founder of the premier Cajun band, BeauSoleil.
||Performer, teacher, and fiddler with the DL Cajun Trio, and the Moonlight Duo. Mary is also our DuShane violins' namesake!
||One half of the Canadian bicycle-traveling duo, Sostenuto , and touring with Delhi 2 Dublin (featuring an electronic fusion of bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle).
||Instructor of violin and viola at The Music Academy in Crossville, Tennessee.
||Twin Cities musician; plays one of Gary's octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukuleles (the Bartig Octave Short Scale).
Here's Benji on his uke, playing a tune from his Christmas CD.
vocalist, songwriter and educator; plays fiddle and
mandolin with Monroe
||Fiddle player, vocalist, and conductor. Fiddler with The Okee Dokee Brothers.
||Founder of the Berklee College of Music String Department, and currently artistic director of the American Roots Music Program, Matt has played with a wide range of musicians, from Yo-Yo Ma to Bob Dylan to Ralph Stanley.
From Matt: "Gary has the most extraordinary instruments! He has really put his finger on the needs of a community of musicians, and is offering wonderful instruments that have (justifiably) taken over the scene here at Berklee. Gary's instruments sound incredible, and they have these gorgeous pickups inside, so that the instruments can be played either acoustically or electrically, (or both! ) in a variety of settings. I have watched as many great students here at Berklee have realized the superiority of these instruments, and gotten one for themselves. This has been facilitated by the fact that these beautifully made, gorgeous looking, and wonderful sounding instruments are very reasonably priced, so that college students (not the richest people on earth!) are able to buy them. Bravo to Gary and Karen and their company, Acoustic Electric Strings, for their incredible instruments, and for providing such an important service to this amazing new generation of bowed string players."
||With the acoustic revival band, Cattail Moon.
||Fiddler with the southern rock / alt country / bluegrass band, Buckshot Betty.
|| Electronica / rock / trip hop. Currently producing music with her bands, Fauntella Crow, and Songs for Pirates. Most recently performing with Dave Grohl’s "Sound City Players", Jessy also toured with Pink's world tour in 2009, and with the Foo Fighters in 2007 and 2008 (congrats on her performance and award appearance with the Foo Fighters at the 2008 Grammy Awards!!!).
||Plays fiddle with the Oly Mountain Boys, and "violin" with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra.
||Fiddler, vocalist and founder of the bluegrass band, Volume Five.
||Fiddler with the traditional bluegrass and old time gospel group, The Hawf Family Stringband.
Of his new Dahlia 5-string, Dylan says "Have done several hours of picking at a festival, played an indoor gig, and outdoor and I love it in all aspects. Thanks for an excellent fiddle."
||New Orleans fiddler with the duo Tanya and Dorise.
||Orchestra director and music educator.
||Colorado fiddler and teacher.
"Thanks for helping me find my new number 1!"
||Primary strings teacher at the music school in Cap-Haitian, the most highly trained luthier in Haiti, and the sole orchestra teacher for hundreds of strings students in northern Haiti.
||Classically trained fiddler now studying a wide variety of musical styles at Berklee College of Music, a member of Wrong is Right, and also performing with Jayme Stone’s Folklife.
||Currently in the Popular Music program at the University of Southern California, and a composer and studio violinist.
||Fiddler and step dancer.
||Fiddler and educator.
||Violinist, fiddler, composer, improviser. Currently touring internationally with his name-sake group, the Jeremy Kittel Band.
||Musician, teacher, author. Founder of The Mark Kreitzer Band.
"My Dahlia5 has a full, rich tone and plenty
of volume. The fifth string had always intrigued me, and now that I have
one, I can't imagine going back."
||Fiddler with Wildwood Roots Band.
||Violinist, recording artist and educator. Currently performing
with several bands, including the Celtic groups, Dulahan, and Father Son and Friends.
||Fiddler with Elephant Revival.
||Soloist, chamber musician and educator. Sharan tours with The Gramercy Trio, teaches at The Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University, and has served on the faculties of Michigan State University and Berklee College of Music.
||Currently performs with the traditional Celtic/folk band, Father Son and Friends.
||Violinist, composer and arranger, and member of the Costa Rican tango quintet, Quinteto Libertango.
||Fiddler, educator and bow-maker, performs gypsy jazz with the ensembles, Everything’s Jake, and Swing Papillon.
||American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist, John now plays one of our DuShane Deluxe 4-string violins.
"I’m having a ball with the fiddle!"
||Playing fiddle with her dad and sister in their family band, Rainy and the Rattlesnakes.
||Fiddler with the folky-tonk duo, Pushing Chain.
||Fiddle and mandolin player, performs with the Cajun band, The New Riverside Ramblers, as well as with Café Accordion Orchestra.
fiddle, and banjo musician and educator.
"I've been enjoying my London fiddle a whole lot. You know I sing and play at the same time, and it's turned into a great instrument for that. I've been talking it up to folks at shows and my students at Berklee (a couple of them have shown up with your 5-string models in the last couple of months). Hope all's well with you..."
||Jazz violinist performing acoustic-jazz, Latin-Jazz, flamenco and romance throughout California and abroad.
||Solo UK violinist.
||Canadian violinist / violist, and writer / performer with groups such as The Bills, The Wailin Jennys, and Woody Holler and his Orchestra.
||Berklee College of Music alumnus and violinist in the alternative violin scene.
"I LOVE my instrument, by the way! As a freelance violinist here in LA, I play it on average 2-3 times a week plugged in and use it acoustically on the majority of my gigs and recording sessions."
violinist; currently playing his London 5-String with the progressive Celtic band, Mithril, and his duo - banna de dhá.
||Violinist, composer, band leader.
||Fiddler, composer, teacher. Betsy plays her AES London violin with numerous folk, bluegrass and Cajun bands, including Bayou Grenouille.
||Multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, and audio engineer. Founding member of the Beo String Quartet.
||New England singer and multi-instrumentalist.
||Musician extraordinaire! Teaches, and plays his London 5-String - among many other instruments - out of Honolulu, Hawaii.
||Violinist, songwriter, composer. Performs original music all around the Boston and Cambridge area with her band, Cat and the Moon, as well as the bluegrass band composed of Berklee College of Music members, Twisted Pine.
||Plays his London 4-String, among other instruments, out of Portland, OR.
From Joe: "Your pickup system is the best we've come across."
||Five-string violinist, composer and founding member of the indie-gypsy chamber folk group,
||Has a YouTube channel called Violin Covers, where she often features her AES 4-string violin.
||Director of Music at Broadbeach State School and Artistic Director of Gold Coast Choir, Queensland, Australia; plays a London 5-String Acoustic Electric Violin.
"You have made my year! It even sounds better than I thought it would."
||Fiddler, playing one of our newly redesigned Dahlia 5-string violins with many local Minnesota bluegrass bands.
instructor and creator of the Violin-A-Gram.
||With the Minnesota based bluegrass band, King Wilkie's Dream.
||Itinerant string teacher, and fiddler with the Dave Matthews tribute band, Dancing Nancy.
||Suzuki method violin and viola teacher.
||Freelance fiddler currently based in Colorado, playing Americana, traditional bluegrass and classical music.
||Music educator, and violist with The Bohemian Quartet.
||Jazz, swing, Irish, old-time fiddler and recording artist extraordinaire.
||Vocalist and fiddle player, performing with the progressive bluegrass, jazz and Americana band, Hickory Robot.
||Fiddler and audio engineer/producer, currently performing with Sheriff Scott & The Deputies.
||Fiddler, and creator / producer of Mountain West Voices.
fiddler, Oslo, Norway.
||Fiddler in the Seattle, Washington area.
From Ramon: "Spent several hours with musician friends yesterday showing off my new London5. Did our own live test of the sounds both acoustic and plugged in and no one could tell the difference. AES London 5 and AER Compact 60 make an unbeatable combination. The warm sound I asked for could not have come through better. All present just loved it. Thank you both for your help over the last few weeks. This has been a marvelous experience."
||NYC fiddler performing with Paul Mills (aka Poez) and folk singer Peter Stampfel.
"Really liking the #54. Acoustically, it's great....fat, warm and powerful, just as advertised, and electrically without a preamp, through an '80's Polytone Baby Brute and Boss ME50 multi effects, it sounds excellent...lots of low end and sounds distinct and full In the upper registers. I wish I had one of these years ago.
||Multi-instrumentalist performing solo and with the Chris Silver Band.
||Educator, and fiddler with Rapidgrass Quintet.
Smith (aka Dahlia Dan)
||Orchestra director of Westlake Middle School, Lombard, Illinois.
"Having a wonderful time with my baby Dahlia. I play it almost every day, during orchestra classes at school and in the evening exploring the possibilities of this unique instrument."
||Fiddler and instructor; plays with the Minneapolis-based oldtime string band, The Bootlickers. as well as the New Riverside Ramblers and The Two Tap Trio.
||Fiddler, composer and instructor at Swallow Hill Music.
||New Morning Sky
||Violinist and founding member of the former Electric String Quartet; David plays a London 5-String Acoustic Electric Violin.
||Concert and wedding violinist, and violin educator.
||Violist, violinist, educator.
||Our very first Skype customer, from the Friuli region of northeastern Italy.
"Ciao dear Karen and Gary !
I am so happy !
I named my London 5 Minnie .... from Minneapolis .
Ok it's a joke coming from the instrument's provenance !
I am playing it everywhere !!!
I tested in concert the mic and jack ... and in another situation only the pickup ... one time with my effects also ....
Everything superb !!!!
Thank you so much again !!!!"
||Modern-day cowboy, reknowned singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler and poet.
fiddle and banjo performer and instructor.
||Violinist and composer, studying at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
||Twin Cities singer-songwriter; plays a Bartig Octave Short Scale (octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukulele), among his instruments.
||Educator, and former
director of the Young
"The Dahlia5 is
a wonderful tool for improvising and for
teaching. Purchasing a five-string instrument
has renewed my interest in playing
and has motivated me to explore new ideas
and create new sounds."
Not Five? (PDF), Christine Whyatt's article on 5-string
violins in the Winter 06/07 issue of String Notes,
the journal of the Minnesota String & Orchestra Teachers
||Violin / fiddle teacher in the Tucson, AZ area, playing in the band, 3 Penny Balladeers.
"I played my Dahlia5 for a pub gig last Friday and it sounded great
through the PA system. Thank you so much for picking the perfect
instrument for me and for answering all of my amplification questions!
Thanks again for my dream fiddle!"
||Fiddler with Trampled By Turtles.
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