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, more than twenty luthiers craft violins, violas, and cellos of incomparable quality, using tools and techniques that have been passed down through centuries of violin-making traditions.

However, as you can see from our website, William Harris Lee and Company is more than a workshop.  We also have an entire division, W. H. Lee Educational Strings, that is devoted to providing teachers, students, and their parents with instruments for both rental and sale that are affordable and uncompromising in quality. We have a selection of fine antique instruments from some of history’s most illustrious makers. We have an outstanding collection of new and antique bows.  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!