1626 George Washington Boulevard 
Wichita, Kansas 67211

 McHugh Violins

It's hard to imagine, but the shop has been in business here in Wichita, Kansas since 1985. I attended the Newark Technical College (in England) and did the two-year instrument repair course. Our course was split between work on early wind instruments (my focus was on early wind instrument restoration) and of course, violins. The violin course tutors were Glen Collins and Paul Bowers, of the Newark School of Violinmaking. All instrument courses were under the educational banner of the Newark Technical College. I graduated in 1978 with merit.

To America

In 1979, I was offered a position at the Wichita Band Instrument Company, focusing on woodturning and silversmithing of fine antique winds, with additional time spent on everyday violin setups as needed. Experience was gained and over time the violin work overwhelmed the wind instrument care. I was most fortunate in having the opportunity to visit other shops and schools across the country and understand more about old violins.

In 1985 I decided to move on, and set up a small workshop in my home, assuming the care of our three year old at that time. Despite the tremendous fun we had while I worked (my son accompanied me everywhere I went) one year later I opened a retail store. Business was good as so many of the local string players supported me.

It might be an understatement to suggest that there have been ups and downs along the way. Nonetheless, the business has survived and thrived due to the unwavering support of the local and regional string community. It's important for small businesses to belong to, and immerse themselves in, local communities - and we try hard to do this. This "reciprocating" relationship continues to this day, by our occasional underwriting help for local concerts, and scholarship provision for our awesome Wichita Youth Orchestras!

In 2011, it was decided that a new location would be needed to house some of the new ideas, and a move to George Washington Boulevard was made. The store is almost 2500 sq. ft., and will give us the room to grow carefully. We are looking forward to providing many more years of service.....