The workshop where violins, violas, cellos and basses are hand-crafted for the Harris Lee & Co. is patterned after shops of the 17th and 18th centuries. The art of violin making lives on in their Chicago location at 410 S. Michigan Avenue. They also have a Wilmette location at 1138 Central Avenue.
William "Bill" Harris gave Patch a tour of his Wilmette location where they sell and restore instruments from student-level to professional to rare antiques. Prices range from $800 to $10,000 - $20,000 and up. They also sell bows, cases and music. The store was founded in 1978 and has grown to become one of the world's largest makers of stringed instruments. Visit www.whlee.com.