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K.C. Strings excels in customer satisfaction, and is willing to hand deliver your school order as well as service the instruments. We would love to become a vendor or an approved equal for bids in your school district. Please feel free to e-mail your school bid application to Dave Cooper, Sales Manager of K.C. Strings at email@example.com or fax it to (913) 677-4506. All of our instruments come with a 1 year warranty on parts and labor due to any defects in craftsmanship.
K. C. Strings gives significant discounts on our instruments, bows and accessories for school orders. Please inquire for school pricing.
Meanwhile, please take some time and see our shop through our shop pictures and videos found under the "Our Shop" button on the left.
KRUTZ Series instruments raise the bar for student level instruments. They are carefully constructed to our specifications in our affiliated shop in Beijing. KRUTZ craftsmen travel there regularly to control quality. This ensures a fine appearance, warm sound and easy playability, even in fractional sizes. Upon arrival at our Kansas City workshop, they are given a professional set-up by our craftsmen. KRUTZ Series instruments produce a higher tonal quality at a more competitive price.
KRUTZ Artisan are the next step up from the KRUTZ series. The Artisan 700 instruments are partially crafted at our affiliated private shop in Beijing. The Artisan 750 instruments are partially crafted at our affiliated private shop in Romania from European wood. These instruments are shipped to our Kansas City workshop rough and unfinished, where professional craftsmen do extensive finish work on them. The instruments are graduated, fitted with an advanced bassbar and varnished. KRUTZ Artisan have greater projection and tonal resonance, suitable for advancing students and amateur adult players.
KRUTZ Avant instruments are crafted entirely in our Kansas City workshop by senior luthiers, many of whom learned the art of string instrument construction in Europe. All aspects of the making process are overseen by Anton Krutz. We hand select every single piece of European and American maple and spruce used to make these instruments. The wood is then aged for five to ten years before the instrument crafting begins. Anton's own proprietary sealer and varnish are used. These instruments are then given a professional set-up by the craftsmen in our shop. KRUTZ Avant instruments utilize fully professional materials and precise specifications, which give them the strong sound and tonal flexibility desired by advanced students and rising professionals.
Anton Krutz signature instruments are crafted by Master Luthier Anton Krutz, bringing together the best in materials, design and construction. Beginning with his selection of acoustically vibrant curly maple and spruce from carefully aged stock, his craftsmanship includes precise arching and graduations, and a unique mineral ground and varnish treatment that gives each instrument its timbre and Bel Canto voice, similar to that of the fine Italian masters. Anton Krutz signature instruments are meticulously crafted to create the powerful, expressive sound sought by soloists and professional ensemble players throughout the U.S. and Europe.
All K.C. Strings instruments are individually set up in our Kansas City area workshops. For the first year after purchase, all instruments are warrantied for quality of materials and construction.
K.C. Strings take seriously a commitment to customer satisfaction. Our knowledgeable staff strives to educate clients about all aspects of instrument construction, selection and care. We hope to be of service to you.
We have come across many school teachers that are exasperated at the poor quality of instruments and bows they receive from the winners of school bids. This is because there are many manufacturers of instruments throughout the world, each producing different grades of instrument according to their own individual standards. So there is no way to do comparison-shopping ahead of time because the instrument's quality cannot be determined by looking at its description and pictures.
Also, unlike brass or woodwinds, string instruments are not set up and ready to play at the factory. Unprofessional set up can make an instrument practically unplayable and can cost hundreds of dollars to be redone.
The bidder's reputation and knowledge of the string instrument field is what ensures that the instruments and bows teachers receive will be of high quality. The knowledgeable luthiers at K.C. Strings make sure that our instruments are of high standards.
K.C. Strings has detailed descriptions that can be written for bids to represent our instruments' characteristics. These descriptions have been very useful for teachers/administrators to use as they are writing up school bids. In general our descriptions help ensure, as much as possible, a quality instrument will be submitted for bid from other sources as well.
Please inquire about our specific instrument descriptions if you are writing up bids for your school or organization.
Our plywood basses are the highest quality available. These basses are made with superior workmanship and materials. They will not develop any problems. These basses look and sound like good carved basses.
•Wood or graphite composite bow with an outfit is standard.
•Upgrade to carbon fiber bow is optional - price depends on bow.
•Violin, viola and cello cases are hard shell.
•Bass bags are padded.
Bass Extension - If you would like, you could also include a line about the basses for an extension. The K.C. Strings extension is one of a kind, and could be specified for that reason. You could have it state that the bass is to include a professionally installed gated C extension that does not cut into the scroll and is made of solid brass. The string should glide effortlessly on rollers through the body of the extension and around the scroll.
Wood Gated C Extension - $750
Slide C-Extension with installation $1,200.
Gated C-Extension with Installation $1,400
We will offer 10% credit in trade for each instrument that is suitable for parts. (An instrument that is in more than one piece)
We will offer 25% credit in trade for each instrument that can be repaired. (Broken, but in one piece)
The values of each instrument needs to be mutually agreed upon by both parties.
K.C. Strings reserves the right to determine on an individual base, which instrument is suitable for each percentage of value.