While the name Arizona fine
Violins is new to the Phoenix valley, we are not new to the
business or Arizona! Arizona fine Violins is
the sister company of the deeply established mail order company,
String Emporium. S.E. was first well known throughout
the world as the premier specialist in upright basses and violin
family instruments and accessories. Arizona Fine Violins
is owned and operated by Steve and Mei Lin Koscica.
For the past 28 years (!) Steve has been a professional
orchestra bass player. He presently holds the Assistant
Principal Bass position with the Phoenix Symphony and before
coming to Phoenix (in the 1990-'91 Season) he was Principal Bass
with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Steve, whom is
self-admittedly 'bass crazy', is happy to talk and/or visit with
anyone about basses!
Mei Lin's specialty comes from an incredibly unpredictable
evolution of supply chain, world trade expertise to similar
related world trade expert in musical instruments. Born
and raised in Hong Kong, her extensive background first
specialized in the garment business. After a lifelong love
of linguistics, she speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, English
and after 4 semesters community college, her newest language in
the works, Spanish. Everyone who calls us, refers to her
as 'the nice one on the phone'!
Together Steve and Mei Lin scour the world for the best deals
in violin family instruments and related accessories. We
not only have the best stuff, we have the lowest prices,
We also have a world class level of violin luthier repairmen.
On staff, is our shop manager, Mr. Terrance McShane. Many
in the valley have known Terry and his long time violin shop as
the String Shop of Arizona. Terry is fully experienced in
any possible restoration or repair needed for the violin family
and he brings 30+ years of expertise to Arizona Fine
Violins. There is no job too small or too big for him.
Please read more about Terry McShane's background in our own,
Luthier's Corner link on this website.
In addition to Terry, we are also honored to have on call, Mr.
Jon Peterson, specialist in the upright bass. Jon has been
a bass specialist for the past 40+ years. Steve has been
known to drive all the way to Long Beach, CA and back, (some
800+ miles) on his symphony's day off, just so Jon can move the
sound post in his Vincenzo Corain bass! Some may think
that that is excessive, but as any musician can attest, when
your instrument is humming just perfectly, there is nothing like
it and such a long drive is nothing when it comes to making the
bass sound it premium best. There is no one on the planet
as qualified and knowledgeable when it comes to basses!
Jons schedules himself on a per need 'basis'. The
Phoenix valley is THE perfect place to do extensive restorations
on instruments: It is DRY year round (don't we all know
it!)? By being dry all year long, makes for a very
reliable and stable environment to put together and repair old
instruments. In other more humid and seasonal climates,
the bigger restorations can only be done in the dryer, colder
winter months. For more information about Jon Peterson,
you can read more about him in our
Luthier's Corner link.