Christian Eggert Violins
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Duluthians spend a lot of time taking care of and tuning up their outdoor toys like bikes and snowmobiles.
But at Christian Eggert Violins in Canal Park, they are catering to a more artistic crowd.
“We work on violins, violas, cellos, bases and bows,” said store owner, Christian Eggert.
The store is a one stop shop for buying, renting, restoring and repairing string instruments.
“We have instruments from all over the world. We have instruments as old as the 1700s and as new as 2014,” said Eggert.
Eggert had an interest in the craft at a young age and even went to college to play the cello.
“I spent a lot of time in repair shops getting old repairs fixed back up and things like that, and started to like them,” he said.
Eggert has been running the store for more than 20 years.
“Since we know instruments, you know, I have a lot of people who will bring in their instrument in here before a big performance or something because they just want me to adjust it and they trust that I know what they’re looking for, I know the sound they’re looking for, or how to get the best sound out of their instrument,” said Eggert.
Lately, his favorite part of his job is introducing new musicians to the instruments.
“I’ve had a lot of adults and, I mean, anywhere from 40 to 85 years old that have started violin or cello for the first time and this is really something I’ve seen a lot more the last few years,” he said.
It’s a hometown shop that’s made its mark in the local arts community.
“We get to be pretty close with our customers. We know their names, they know our names, they know who’s repairing their instrument,” said Eggert.
Eggert also owns a violin shop in Fargo.