About the Artists
Our primary goal is to build instruments without the use of endangered woods. Our selection is all harvested locally; generally from either fallen trees or trees that people would like removed from their properties. Clarity, balance, and evenness of sound are the goals of the Dammann Custom Instruments sound. This works hand-in-hand with the expanded chord voicings and tonal range of our 5-course instruments and creates a sound complete that is both broad across the tonal spectrum as well as finely defined and clear between notes. Tonally, our instruments tend towards having an articulate bass with clear mids and detailed highs, which can be generalized as slightly brighter than traditional tones. The appeal of round, warm, and sweet tones from vintage instruments isn’t entirely lost on us, so our instruments are still built on tried-and-true bracing and voicing specifications and as a full-custom shop we can craft an instrument to deliver a tone more in line with a traditional sound. All work is done by hand in Charlottesville, Va by our luthier Ray Varona.