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The String Expert

Mark Schwartz has over 50 years of experience repairing and restoring bowed stringed instruments.

Mark began in 1972 as an apprentice with European Violin Maker Paul Schuback at his Luthier School in Portland, Oregon. Since that time, Mark has owned and operated bowed string repair shops in Ann Arbor and in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. He has also operated a string repair shop for the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan since 1974. He is renowned for his innovative approaches to traditional repair and restoration in a multi-state region. Mark is highly respected by professional players in major symphony orchestras.

Mark received his bachelor’s degree in music performance in Double Bass from the University of Michigan in 1969. He performed with the orchestras at the Interlochen Arts Camp. In addition, he has performed with the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra and Flint Symphony Orchestra.

As a seasoned musician, Mark has a deep understanding of the needs and requirements of musicians and their instructors. Mark’s philosophy has always been about putting the customer first and offering the best solution based on a customer’s budget.


Mark Swartz is a great guy, and his employees are exceptional. Everyone there goes above and beyond. It's very much appreciated in this family.


Mark is the "best friend" to every string player in the area. Not only does he do excellent work on every instrument he handles Mark CARES about all of the students. His staff is wonderful as well. In an emergency, Mark always saves the day! We have been coming to Mark for more than 10 years and consider him a friend! Thanks Mark


Mark Schwartz Violins is the greatest place I have ever shopped. The people who work there are the most talented and friendly musicians you will every meet. But what makes the difference for me is that they love to help people and will go out of their way to make you happy with your instrument. Special orders are no problem.


This place is a best kept secret for Michigan musicians. Mark is definitely a master craftsman and his repair work is outstanding. The shop has a great vibe and there is always music in the air. The people who work there are the nicest and most caring people. Skip Marshalls, Shar, and Psarianos this place is the BEST!