KRUTZ 100 Cello - Rating 5 out of 5!
After playing cello a number of years ago in college, I recently decided to rekindle my old passion and seek out a good quality student instrument to further pursue my interest. After perusing and playing many different makes of cellos out on the market today, I was immediately attracted to the KRUTZ 100 series, C410 model. The quality and tone was impeccable, and the price/value was excellent. I must also mention that the amazing service I received at St. Louis Strings was second to none. Thank you Anton for making such a fine, affordable instrument, and special thanks to Alan and Shaun at St. Louis strings for their terrific customer care.
Michael R. Johnson,
Computer-Aided-Designer and Musician
KRUTZ Viola 200 - Rating 5 out of 5!
I am so glad we purchased our second musical instrument from K.C. Strings. First one, purchased several months ago (from K.C. Strings), was a violin (KRUTZ 100). My son and daughter loved it. Its a solid instrument. This time we purchased a viola. We had a concern regarding our viola purchase and Anton KRUTZ attended to it on the very next day resolving it to beyond our expectation. That says a lot about the credibility of K.C. Strings in my home. My kids would definitely remember KRUTZ for the rest of their lives. The viola KRUTZ 200 is a beautiful instrument. It gives a beautiful sound. Worth every penny on the 2 instruments we have bought from K.C. Strings.
New cello - Rating 5 out of 5!
They were kind and let me play many cellos in their store for hours. I have played for 20 years and was ready for an upgrade on my instrument. We shopped stores in 5 states and we settled for a European instrument in Kansas City.
What an adventure!
Artisan Viola - Rating: 5 out of 5!
As a person in my late 30's taking on the uphill climb to learn a string instrument for the first time, I was pleased to find that right in my hometown was a well respected maker. I started out with a rental of a student instrument and was pleased with the sound and quality to start with. Later I decided to move up to an Artisan or Avant and the shop was accommodating in allowing me to take several back and try them out and later take my two favorite home and try them there. In the end it was the Artisan that spoke to me. It's resonance and rich tome was simply amazing to me and I was hooked. They worked with me to setup a payment schedule for the instrument and I'm continuing to learn and improve with an instrument that will serve me a lifetime. Don't assume a fine instrument is out of reach. These folks obviously love putting people together with their products and they will work with you to make it happen.
K.C. Strings Instrument Reviews
Appreciating her daughter's violin...
Dear Ben, Thank you for carefully choosing a nice violin for our daughter. Her teacher, Dr. Mia Wu, could not stop smiling at the craftsmanship of the miniature 1/16 version. She said she often sees fractionals that are usually toy like. The teacher commented that the careful packing and shipping of the violin was well done. Most importantly is that the violin arrived in fine playable condition and sounds very nice. Practice is a JOY! Thank you again for the time that you spent to find the correct violin and accessories. I like that KC Strings is solely a string shop and that a luthier examined the violin before shipment. It is refreshing to find knowledgeable staff and quality instruments under one roof. I look forward to working with you as our children grow in ability and as they need larger instruments.
As for now, our daughter loves her little Krutz violin.
New Violin & Recital:
Thank you so much for all your help with my recital! It made the day perfect.... and I love my new violin! :)
KRUTZ Aria Viola:
About four months ago I went to the shop to drop off a violin bow for a rehair and just look at a few violas. When I gazed across the violas one immediately caught my eye. I picked it up, played just a few notes, and was instantly in love . The 2008 Williams/Krutz viola has slightly larger lower bout and slightly smaller upper bout. The result is a viola that is comfortable to play, beautiful to look at, and the sound is astounding! It has a rich, creamy, full sound that amazes everyone who hears it. I still can"t believe that I found this viola for such a good price. A comprable instrument from other luthiers could easily cost 10 to 15 thousand dollars more. THANK YOU KC Strings for the magnificent viola and your wonderful service!
Dr. John P. Rutland
KRUTZ Aria Violin:
By the way, the Williams/Krutz violin I bought last year from you is GREAT! After four years of searching for one, it was such a relief to find one that brought back the joy of playing; the sound is so full and dependable, it’s given me confidence in working on new techniques, and I’ve been asked to join a chamber orchestra. . . .
Re: Plywood Bass
After taking lessons from my teacher for about 3 or 4 months, he finally got the chance to play my bass. He played my bass for a few minutes, then stopped and said, This bass sounds really good, who made it? And when I told him it was KC Strings bass, he said, Wow, this bass sounds great. How much did you get it for? When I told him $2000, he said, What??? This bass sounds great for being a $2000 instrument! Besides my teacher loving my bass, I as well adore it. It really sounds good in the upper registers as wells as the lower registers! KC Strings, you make a fine bass!
KRUTZ Artisan Bass:
Knowing nothing about the upright bass, my husband and I were surprised when our son expressed interest in playing such a very large instrument.
Our sons orchestra teacher suggested we contact one of the local school music services. We researched the information they gave us and we were disappointed to discover the instruments they recommended were not high quality. In our efforts to find an instrument with better reviews, we stumbled upon an Internet article about K C Strings. The reviews were promising and we were delighted that the store was in our area! Apparently our hesitation to purchase such a large and expensive instrument showed when we walked into the store. However, we were treated very respectfully and the staff was very knowledgeable about their merchandise. Not only did we purchase a string bass that day, we have since returned to purchase the bass stool and stand and quiver. The instrument sits in our living room like a work of art. Very beautiful. I give positive marks to the courteous and knowledgeable staff at K C Strings and we will not hesitate to purchase instruments from them in the future.
Second year upright bass player in middle school
2007 KRUTZ Artisan bass
I love my bass! It is beautiful in appearance and in tone. I have had three bass one, I grew out of and the other one and the other one was lost in Hurricane Katrina. This one was by far the best bass that I have owned.
3 year bass student, in the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra
Jon Paul Avanti violin bow:
I am delighted with the JonPaul Avanti carbon fiber violin bow that I purchased from your shop. This is the first carbon fiber bow I have tried that plays like a fine wood bow. The stick is flexible and resilient, and it vibrates the way wood does. It plays well for all bow strokes, and produces especially clear spiccato, ricochet, and staccato. It has tremendous focus, projection, and ease of response, greatly enhancing the quality and volume of tone. It is the best bow match that I have found for my violin, outplaying even expensive French bows. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants the feel and playability of a high-end bow without the high-end price tag.
Stephen Sims, Violin Instructor, Denison University
2006 KRUTZ Artisan Hybrid Bass:
Since I became involved in bluegrass music, I always heard, You need an old Kay if you're going to play bluegrass. These 'new' basses just don't have the 'punch' that the old ones do. So, when I began looking for a new bass this past winter, I happened to be at a big bluegrass conference in Nashville and decided to check out these old basses. We looked at numerous 30's and 40's Kays and other brands. Some of them had an alright tone and volume, but nothing too impressive. We were browsing through when I heard someone playing a bass with about 5 times the punch and tone of anything we had played up there. I decided at that moment, that whatever it was, that was the bass I wanted. We found the man who was selling them and asked him about it. He told us that the man who was playing it at the time was trying it out for a woman who was looking to trade her's for it (she just happened to have the same exact bass I was playing at the time and looking to trade as well.) He told us that it was a K.C. Strings and the only one he had with him at the time. After a few minutes of playing it and admiring how absolutely beautiful it was, I decided, without a doubt, that this was what I had been looking for. The level of quality, tone, playability, and looks is unmatched in my opinion. I get compliments EVERY time we play on how amazing it looks and sounds. I wouldn't trade my K.C. Strings for any bass I've ever played. Thank you for making such a GREAT product.
Heather Boynton, Part-time musician. Bassist for acoustic bluegrass group Skyline West.