About Us

Since our founding in 1978, William Harris Lee and Company has grown to become the world’s largest and most respected maker of fine stringed instruments. In our shop on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, our master luthiers craft violins, violas, and cellos of incomparable quality, using tools and techniques that have been passed down through centuries of violin-making traditions. We also have a selection of fine antique instruments from some of history’s most illustrious makers and an outstanding collection of new and antique bows.

W. H. Lee's Educational Strings Department is devoted to providing teachers, students, and their parents with instruments for both rental and sale that are affordable and uncompromising in quality. And of course, we have an extensive selection of cases, strings and accessories, assuring that William Harris Lee and Company is your only source for all of your string playing needs.

Please look around and familiarize yourself with all that we have to offer. We are continually adding new products and features, so come back soon and see what is new!