19, 1985: The doors open on a thousand-square-foot white
room. In the center is an aluminum lawn chair pulled up to a card
table. The guy in the chair is rehairing a bow. ...
Those were the first moments of the Jay R. Rury Violin Shop. Much changed over 34 years, but one thing did not change: Our dedication to providing the best quality in repair and restoration, instruments, accessories, and service to the music community of North Central Texas. We are proud of our record.
Another thing that hasn't changed is the wonderful community of loyal customers and friends who put their trust in us. We're grateful for our relationship of mutual support with you.For 34 years we provided the finest restoration and repair services on violins, violas, cellos, basses, and bows to North Texas professional musicians, teachers, and students. We put customer satisfaction first every time, whether we were repairing your instrument or helping you select the one that perfectly fit your taste and needs.
We have left the marketplace, but there are many good shops that can help you keep your instrument in top condition and supply you with the accessories, bows, and cases that you need.
Jay R. Rury provided fine-instrument repair services and bow rehairing to the music community in the Dallas area since 1975, starting in his apprenticeship that year. He opened the Rury Violin Shop in 1985 in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. After 21 years there, in August 2006 Jay moved the shop to Richardson, at the northeastern edge of Dallas. Our doors closed for the final time in November 2019
Duncan Beaver, sales and repair associate, began learning repair with Jay in 1990 and in 1993 came to the shop full-time, bringing 20 years' experience as a professional musician, private violin teacher, and public school orchestra director and strings teacher. His teaching, playing, and repair experience makes him uniquely suited to assist in the search for exactly the right instrument.
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Shelley Caldwell was behind the scenes all along, as Jay's wife and part-time bookkeeper. She retired from her publishing career in 2008 and joined the shop full-time. Shelley then helped with marketing, doing the website, and keeping the books.