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Thank you EVERYONE at Hammond Ashley for always taking such great care of me and my students at Pine Lake! Bryce, I appreciate you taking the time to visit Pine Lake to help with my cellos. Matt, Dave, and everyone else, you are so willing to help every time I stop by, and you are all so kind! I appreciate you all!

Mrs. Cindy Elder
Pine Lake Middle School Orchestras

Thank you for all you help with buying a violin (and bow and case) for our daughter on Jan 14th. Aaron was extremely helpful! My daughter’s teacher said she could not have picked out a better violin herself : )

Karen Fox

Hi Bryce,

I picked up my rehaired bow on Friday...Matt helped me out. He was great too!

I want to thank you and Hammond Ashley for your marvelous work. I am thrilled with how it turned out.

I haven't played in years - my violin has been in the closet almost 35 years! Now I can't put it down!

I'm so grateful.


Jamie Schneider, a very happy customer!

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Dave Gerlach:

Thanks for the work on my Alcoa.

Played last night to a standing room only crowd and never sounded better! Action feels good and no buzzing, etc I'll think about changing strings over the next couple months.

Again, really appreciate your work!


Fran Einterz

Hammond Ashley Violins is a reliable and friendly store. My daughter had her violin fixed there in a timely manner, done expertly by them because she has not had any trouble since then and this was done three years ago.

Thank you for the opportunity to recommend them.


Rem Sorongon

Hammond Ashley Violins is an amazing company to work with. They promptly got me my instrument and made sure it was the right one I wanted. This family owned business is the only shop I will purchase from. Thanks to the staff and owner for the great job you do!

Just the nicest and most knowledgable people in town.

I came in a week ago with my bass, a hybrid christopher with a center seam crack, having driven all the way from Portland, Oregon. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the fine work you did on my bass (it is sounding and playing amazingly right now) and especially for making sure to do the work within the day so I could bring it home that evening.

You exceeded my expectations and reminded me why I brought the bass all the way up to Issaquah, rather than having someone fix it here in Portland.

Again thanks so much!

Gordon Keepers

Paul Ashley,

Many many thanks for letting the Young Artists Symphony use your beautiful recital hall for their chamber music recital yesterday. All of the kids played well, the audience was appreciative, and everyone was very impressed with your facility. I expect it will draw new business to your shop.

The event stimulated me to renew my search for a better viola and bow and your shop will be at the top of my list when I'm able to resume the search.

Thanks again.

Jack Clausen, M.D.

Board of Directors


Letter from BYSO

Dear Bryce:

Thank you for your assistance in hosting the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra Debut East orchestra at your business during the 2008-2009 school year. It has been a wonderful experience for us, the eastside children and hopefully for you as well.

Your help, guidance and assistance with these arrangements helps our organization in giving the children in our communities the opportunity to be exposed to and experience the arts through their instruments.

We look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.


Ruth Brewster, Executive Director

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Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra

Daughter with viola


It was a pleasure recently doing business with you and Hammond Ashley Violins. The purchase of an intermediate viola for each of my 2 children was definitely the right thing to do given their commitment level. The assistance we received from you and Elizabeth on instrument and bow selection helped what seemed like a drawn-out decision quite enjoyable for both parents and players.

Allowing us to take many different instruments home on loan to try over time definitely established personal preferences and a confident final selection. The Hammond Ashley policies on rent credit, service guarantees, loaners, future trade-ins and your genuine interest in finding the right instruments for our budget impressed us.

Son playing viola in kitchen

We look forward to continuing our relationship and recommending Hammond Ashley Violins to other students. Please feel free to pass my contact info to whoever would like more details on this very satisfactory transaction and relationship.


Daryl H

May 2009


Dear Paul,

I'm very happy with the work done on the bass; it really opened up the sound across the entire spectrum and is smooth in the transitions from lower to upper tones.

Since the work, it lost it's slightly nasal tone on the upper end and instead is rich and full and sings beautifully. The lower register has much more punch and fullness and the E string now has a wonderful growl. The A string was always the stronger of the strings but now it blends and fits with the rest of the strings and the sustain is remarkable especially in the lower registers.

Many thanks to Mark for a job well done.

My name is Massimo Clavenna and I'm the doublebass player from Festival Strings Lucerne who performed in Fallbrook CA last month..... using your WONDERFUL instrument.

I thought it would have been almost impossible to find a 5-stringed doublebass on the Pacific Coast (I know that almost every player prefers using "extention" of 4th string), so I was very glad when I saw such a good crafted instrument.

I was even more glad when I PLAYED it!!! The sound was smooth but full-bodied and the response fast without being aggressive (as often happens in freshly made instruments); it was a very good instrument and I'll remember it for the rest of my career!

I'd like to express you all my gratitude for your support: without that making the concert in Fallbrook would have been impossible.

Best Regards,

Massimo Clavenna (Festival Strings Lucerne)