About Us

Bill Monical

Bill Monical became interested in bowed string instrument history while studying music and Viola performance in the early 1960’s which led him to the Violin Making School in Mitterwald, Bavaria. From there he went to London to study with Dietrich Kessler. Returning to the United States in 1972, he worked with Jacques Francais in New York City under the tutorial of Luiz Bellini and René Morel, until opening the business in Staten Island in 1978.

In 1989 he curated “Shapes of the Baroque,” an exhibition of original instruments at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Mr. Monical is a founding member and past president of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers, a member of the International Society of Violin & Bow Makers and the Appraisers Association of America.

Bill is moving to Salem, Oregon to pursue his studies and do research in Baroque Music and can be contacted via this email wmonical05@earthlink.net.

Sarah Peck

Sarah started her career working with violins at Atelier Constantin Popescu in Connecticut learning the basics of violin repair. After traveling to Ireland to work with an Irish harp maker she returned to Massachusetts where she entered a 3 year apprenticeship working at Stamell Stringed instruments concentrating on  violin repair and set up. It is here that she developed an interest in Baroque instruments and music history. Wanting to really get a grasp on the early stringed instruments, she enrolled in a 3 year program for Early Instrument making at West Dean College in England where the focus was in the making of viols. She graduated and she worked at Stringers of London for a year and a half before coming to New York  to work at William Monical & Son.

Sarah Peck will join Thomas Croen, violin maker & restorer in Berkeley, California to continue the same work she has done for William Monical & Son. She is reachable by email at: sayerra@gmail.com.