Can you spot the changes?

The shop got a makeover! We now have a spacious setup for customers who are waiting to be helped, trying out instruments, or just socializing.


Also, can you spot the new piano? Come and give it a try! We’re open Tuesday through Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Saturday 12-3pm.

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The evolution of plants…and violins?

violin mosaic

Do instruments, like leaves, respond to and change due to their environment? After working extensively on plant morphology, researcher and musician Dan Chitwood, Ph.D. decided to track the evolution of stringed instruments. Violins, violas, cellos, and double basses have evolved over time to facilitate changing historical functions and sound canadian generic drugs online, Online Canadian Drugstore discounted prices for levitra Canadian Mail Order Pharmacies, levitra 10mg online prescription canada specifics. Read the full article and link to Chitwood’s research here.


Revitalizing Detroit through Music

Gary Zimnicki


Luthier Gary Zimnicki of Detroit has made over a dozen mandolins and ukeleles from the old floorboards and ceiling joists of vacant buildings. Working with the non-profit Reclaim Detroit, which works to re-use the materials of torn-down buildings, Zimnicki is contributing to the

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Detroit revitalization effort. Roy Feldman of WTVS Detroit Public Television paraphrases Zimnicki speaking about his instruments: “…customers like to buy them because they feel in some small way, they’ve become part of the revitalization of the city.”






Welcome to the blog!

Welcome to McCarten Violins! This blog will feature updates on the shop, interesting information about the instruments we carry, relevant musical articles, and photos of our new arrivals.

To begin, we would like to introduce ourselves:

Dennis McCarten – Luthier and shop owner



Armand Aromin – Luthier



Fiona Boyd – Retail supervisor


Check back soon to learn more about our expanding services and products!