Sponsor Profile: Dan Salini, Salini Violins


How long have you been in Utah?

I have been in Utah for for 23 years, I moved here from Minneapolis in 1995.  There were other many local makers to work alongside, and an environment of youthful, energetic creativity.  The viola was the first instrument I made here in SLC!

What services does your shop provide, and is there an area that you specialize in?

I provide violins ,violas and cellos.  I make new instruments, and give tonal adjustments , bow rehairs, and repairs.

I have been doing my trade for 30 years and continue to learn each day. I consider myself very lucky to have worked with some of the best.

I have been told by many that I have a knack for adjusting and setting up instruments to reach the personal preference of the musician. I am a player myself and grew up in a family of musicians, so my goal is to communicate with my clients about ideas and concepts of sound, and then find the right playablity for the individual.

Do you have a particular sound or concept that you are aiming for when you make violas? What do you love about the viola?

The sound and concept of my violas are to provide an instrument that is easy to play and have a character to the sound which both projects and has warmth.

I find the recent model I am making liberating in that I am playing with dimensions and wood choice. The basic model is that of an Amati. After I make my alterations it has deviated into my own personal model. So far it seems to be working quite well.

I love the viola because it can have so many variations in size sound and style. 

Do you play music yourself?

I play steel guitar , guitar and fiddle. ( maybe I will switch to jazz viola ) . I have been lucky to know so many great musicians locally and nationally. I was once put on stage at Red Butte opening up for the Tedeschi Trucks Band . These days I just enjoy playing at home with the occasional gig out on the town.

Do you have hobbies or interests away from music and instruments?

I enjoy the mountains, snowboarding and the wild west. I feel like I need another century to scratch the surface of what this state has to offer. I really appreciate feeling a part of this community.


By Appointment: 801-949-6174
1609 S. Park Street
Salt Lake City , Utah 84105

New viola currently in progress, see it at Viola Day!


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