*****"The Owner of Ludwicks House Of Violin Z.Z., Performed a Top quality restoration job on my over 100 year old German Hopf violin. I could not be more satisfied with the work he did. My Violin was in pretty bad shape when the project began, The violin had gotten to a point where it was not playable. It needed a new fingerboard, A new bridge, New tuners strings etc.etc. He revamped a good part of the violin using more modern components while maintaining its original sound. I was also very impressed by his workshop, It houses all the modern tools and machinery to perform any of his customers needs. The shop is also very organized and super clean. Thanks Z.Z. , Your the Best !!!"
Gary I. Silver Spring, Maryland
***** "We brought a long neglected and broken violin to Ludwick's for repair at the suggestion of an acquaintance who recently had repairs done here for his instrument. It was in terrible shape but my wife really wanted to know if it could be restored for a reasonable cost as the instrument belonged to her late father. Z.Z., of Ludwick's spent two weeks on the restoration with incredible attention to detail. We returned to him to receive a beautifully restored violin with a rich and lovely sound. My wife was more than very pleased. He also repairs violas."
Allen W. Silver Spring, Maryland
*****"Doing a short film about Zev Zalman "Z.Z." Ludwick, owner of Ludwick's House of Violin. Got to meet him and he is such a wonderful guy. Toured his shop which is in his residence in Silver Spring. I was very impressed by his knowledge of string instruments. You can tell that he loves these instruments so much. One of Z.Z.'s clients was so moved after he restored the instrument of the client's late mother. The woman that she felt her mother's presence. She was really impressed with Z.Z.'s work. His passion and attention to detail is what you want for your instrument. Definitely give him a call if you need your instrument repaired or restored. He also can build one for you. " Ron S. Washington, D.C.
*****"Ludwick put all of his heart into repairing my late uncle's violin, probably made in Germany in the early 1800's. The violin had several cracks, many separated joints and an unsound soundpost which required complete replacement. He replaced the bridge, repaired the tuning pegs, and re-glued all the joints, reviving this instrument so that present and future members of the family will be able to enjoy it again. Ludwick supplied a new bow, as the old one was beyond repair, a new case, a humidifier, new strings, and a tuner. All of this was done at a very reasonable price. Ludwick brings tremendous enthusiasm and love for the instrument and for his work. The person who will play this instrument will write a future review as she plays the instrument and gets to know it."
Jan F. Chicago Illinois
*****"I went over to many popular string shops around DC and Baltimore for a violin, and my long journey to find a right violin for a picky violinist ended up here at Ludwick's. Z.Z. understood a player's mind well on a choice of violins as he plays violin and helped us understanding violin more as a professional luthier. We were happy enough to find a decent sound violin under my budget. Even better part was when we wanted to customize a chin rest or to adjust pegs, Z.Z. was always welcoming and putting a best care on small details. Ludwick's will be the first place to bring my string instruments for any job. My kids enjoyed visiting the studio on the lower level. They visited many other music shops but never had a chance to look inside of a studio building a new violin with many interesting tools. I would recommend Ludwick's for all string players."
Kristy C Baltimore, Maryland
*****"I just purchased an instrument from Ludwick's House of Violin!!! What can I say,,,,Z.Z. is the real deal!!!!!! It is immediately obvious that he is knowledgeable but more so that he is passionate about what he does. The instrument was exactly as he described both in appearance and sound. It was perfectly setup. While we both stressed about shipping it in the winter, it was packed superbly (in fact over-packed) and arrived in excellent condition. Probably the most satisfaction I got from the purchase was talking to the man himself. He went out of his way to listen to make sure that the instrument was right for what I needed and wanted.
If you ever get the chance to visit or speak with him....DON'T Hesitate! His is one of those few musical shops that cater to individuals as opposed to internet seller who only want your credit card number! Thank you Z.Z. for the gift of knowing there are truly people out there like you who still have the passion!"
Bill C. Ironton, Ohio
***** "I was referred to Z.Z in the middle of the night when my son's Cello neck broke. I left him a message and surprisingly he called me back same night! To say I was anxious and distressed about the broken Cello neck is an understatement. From the first phone call, Z.Z alleviated my fears and reassured me that the Cello could be fixed. Meeting him was a breath of fresh air. He is very warm, friendly and very knowledgeable about his craft. I commissioned him to repair my son's Cello and left with confidence that he would do an exceptional job! Will post an update when I pick it up."
Mary B. Ellicott City, Maryland
*****"What an outstanding experience it was to do business with Z.Z. I will be the first to admit that my knowledge of violins WAS quite low before I took a trip to Ludwick's House of Violin. I wrote Z.Z .stating that I wanted to find an heirloom quality violin to give my wife as a wedding gift. His prompt response and availability of such fine quality instruments was just the beginning of the experience. He took copious amounts of time to teach me about the art of violin making and how to identify a quality instrument from one of lesser clout. He showed me his workshop and taught me what goes into the final product which I bought from him. He even tweaked a few items I requested him to devote some attention to before I left his shop. In all, I walked away with a fine instrument that brought my wife to tears when I presented it to her. This is as close to a fully custom violin as you can find in this price range. It presents like those that cost thousands more and sounds amazing from the first pull across the strings. I cannot say enough good things about this fine luthier, teacher, and businessman. I look forward to many years of knowing Z.Z. and sending customers his way as often as I can. He does not disappoint."
William D. The Woodlands, TX
*****"I sent in firewood and Z.Z. gave me two wonderful violins that I can use for decades."
Deborah G. Falls Church, Virginia
*****"A great experience: My wife called Ludwick's House of Violin to find out about repairing a valued Cello, and spoke with Z.Z.. After hanging up the phone she commented how impressed she was with his knowledge and the questions he asked to understand what repairs were needed to the Cello. Following orders from my wife (I am a retired Marine.) I contacted Z.Z. and made an appointment to bring the Cello by. Z.Z. quickly evaluated the repair and because I was from out of town, he repaired the Cello on the spot. It was amazing to watch him work, transforming a "teenager" handled instrument back into a work of art and beauty. The Cello sounds great and is beautiful. Very reasonably priced and quality work. I highly recommend Ludwick's for any instrument repairs."
Chip S. Hagerstown, Maryland
*****"Z.Z. was able to shape my neck on one of my instruments and it plays perfectly - A highly recommend Him for all things Violin - His easy going nature and His eagerness to make sure that I was satisfied is a big plus and I highly recommend him !"
John T Edgewater, Maryland
***** "Ludwick's House Of Violin did a top notch quality Restoration on my very old and cherished violin !!! I couldn't be more satisfied with the craftsmanship and customer service that I experienced at Ludwick's House Of Violin!"
Gary Isom White Oak, Maryland
*****"Ludwicks House Of Violin provides outstanding service. Z.Z is very experienced in repairs and really knows what he is doing. I came in because my soundpost fell down and didnt realize how much can go into a violin to improve the sound. I left with my violin sounding amazing. Z.Z took the time to not only repair my soundpost but check over my instrument and give it a pro set up for the best sound quality. Very fair cost. I'll keep coming back. Z.Z is wonderful! Thanks so much!!!"
Dianna Aud Burtonsville, MD
*****"Mr. Ludwick is extremely knowledgeable and was very compassionate in explaining and restoring a priceless heirloom, my antique Violin. I highly recommend using his services!"
Shandel B. College Park, Maryland
***** "I'm a professional player. My instrument needed an emergency repair - the endpin cracked. ZZ, the owner, was kind enough to come down to my studio and custom install a new part. Thanks, man - Ludwick's is definitely a friend in need."
Rob Perl Washington D.C.
*****"All the adjectives in the dictionary would only limit the unparalleled recommendation "Z.Z." Ludwick deserves as a Luthier. There is no instrument repair out there to small or big that Mr. Ludwick can't handle. Z.Z., has been gifted with an astounding intricate and finesse ability to infuse his violins and repair work with overflowing positive energy and master craftsmanship down to the finest details! I drove 4+ hours each way from and to New York today to get to the infamous Ludwicks House Of Violin. The show room and workshop alone will make your day. I got a new violin bridge done on the spot and bought a new heart warming Romanian violin from Mr. Z.Z. Ludwick all while experiencing much of his beautiful radiant soul. Well what are you waiting for!? Ludwicks House Of Violin is a MUST go for everyone in need of a repair or new instrument. Don't even think twice and give Z.Z. the call today!"
Chaim C. Woodmere, NY
*****"Z.Z. was amazing and very knowledgeable. He told me everything I should know about violins with a lot of passion. I would recommend him to anyone from beginners to advanced players."
Avla E. Silver Spring, MD
*****"Very responsive and informative. Excellent job on my sons violin. Excellent customer service! Recommend to anyone needing to buy or have their violins repaired. This guy is passionate with his work!"
Liam L. Burtonsville, MD
***** "Z.Z. Ludwick has a fine selection of finely crafted instruments. His knowledge, sound enhancements and set up of his instruments are of the finest skill and craftsmanship. He has apprenticed with DC's finest Luthiers. I highly recommend you consider a fine violin or viola and cello from this source. I hear his work on a regular basis and am impressed!"
Bruno Nasta Reston, Virginia
String Educater, Professional Musician