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Hojoon Owen Lee

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Owen Lee began his violin adventure in 2002, when he began importing violins, violas, cellos, and basses from various countries including China, Korea, and Germany. Through diligent effort and excellent customer service, Owen built strong relationships with many well-known violin shop owners across the country. When they talked about the violin business and meeting customer expectations, one problem kept coming up: the inability to improve on the instruments provided by third parties. This led Owen to renowned violinmaker and restorer Amos Hargrave in Lawrence, Kansas. Working with Hargrave, Owen learned the skills of violin making as they restored old Italian instruments as well as other fine instruments. After his apprenticeship with Hargrave who was pupil of Rene Morel New York and judge of International Violin making competition (VSA), Owen continued and intensified his study of old Italian and old fine violins. In addition, today he uses his experience and expertise to provide accurate and informative appraisals on customers’ instruments. Owen regularly visits Europe to look for hidden gems and the highest quality antique instruments and bows from all over Europe. Owen is constantly searching for the best sounding instruments for his customers. Because he has been tracking the string instrument market for a number of years and works with many dealers across the country, Owen can give accurate advice to customers and investors, including forecasting the potential return on investment any instrument might have. Owen’s background as a violinmaker, his passion for these instruments, and his experience have lead him great opportunity to inspect and examine some of the best instruments from the likes of Antonio Stradivari, Guarneri Del Gesu, J.B Vuillaum, the Gagliano families, and many more. He is able to give accurate advice and appraisals to his customers confidently. After long partnership and training with renowned French appraisers (Mr. Jean-Francois Raffin, Sylvan Bigot, Yannick Le Canu for French bows and Jean-Jacques Rampal, Jonathan Marolle for fine instruments), Owen Lee and LAVS are proud to announce they will be hosting an event in every January with these experts.
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