I started the Pomeroy Mandolin shop about 13 years ago. Together with son Josh, we’ve built over 200 custom mandolins, mandolas, octaves and mandocellos. The Pomeroy shop is still going strong www.pomeroyinstruments.com, but lately, as a fiddler myself, I found myself in the shop…more and more…building fiddles. This site is to showcase my efforts.
My hope is to convey more than anything the small shop, hands-on nature of my work, the process start to finish, the passion and craftsmanship that goes into each instrument, and of course the idea that I know it’s really how they sound, feel and play in the end that makes them worthy of your interest. I hope I have succeeded to this end. -Don Paine
I have known Don and Josh Paine for 12 years now both as fellow luthiers and musicians. The craftsmanship and tone they instill in their instruments is superb. As an instrument repairman myself, I have developed an eye for detail in this field and I’m always amazed by the flawless appearance and set-up of the Pomeroy instruments. As a musician, I am equally impressed by the balanced sounds that these instruments produce. Beautiful woody low tones and crisp clear high notes are consistent throughout all their instruments. I am so impressed that I bought a fiddle for myself and I am loving it!
–Kory Khral, Kansas City, KS
Hi Don, I have just returned from my group lesson with Hope Grietzer. She saw and sawed on “Maude” (#11) for the entire lesson. She just raved about everything she noticed about the fiddle. She gave me her fiddle for the lesson and thank god she gave “Maude” back. I was a little worried for awhile. She loved the tone, the responsiveness, the action, the wood, the color and finish. This was not her being polite or diplomatic. She genuinely loved Li’l Maudie and loved putting her through her paces. I should say that listening to her fiddle in class and on CD had a big part in my wanting one of yours. In addition, “Maude” compares equally with Hope’s fiddle, which quite old and broken in. So be very proud of your work as she is held in very high regard in these parts!
–Hal Cunningham, Binghamton NY
I’m the proud owner Don’s 3rd fiddle. As an old-time fiddler, it’s just what I was looking for. The tone is warm, full but very…how can I say it…”fiddly.” Playability is excellent, with a clear, balanced tone up and down the neck. The finish is subtle and very meticulously done. Overall, the craftmanship is wonderful and very easy to deal with. I couldn’t be happier!
–Belita Mulinax, Austin, TX
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