Dereck Coons

Owner, Repairs & Restoration, Instrument Maker, Luthier

Dereck is a Master luthier with over 20 years of experience.

He is excited to bring his passion and skill set to the greater Tampa Bay area by offering storefronts in both Tampa and Sarasota, something that has been long overdue in this area! Dereck began his journey at Indiana University's prestigious Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana 1996. While there, he studied violin making with Program Director Tom Sparks, as well as classical guitar performance with Petar Jancovic.

Dereck excelled in the program and began building customized instruments for both faculty and students at the university. He also served as a Teaching Assistant in the violin making program at IU, where he was able to mentor luthiers-in-training. Dereck later became an apprentice at Casa del Sol Violin Shop in Indianapolis for three years, which allowed him to fine tune his skills in stringed repairs and restorations under the supervision of Master luthier, Al Stancel.

He also resided in England for nearly two years, where he ran his own workshop building stringed instruments including violin, viola, cello, and bass. Prior to opening Violin Shop Tampa, Dereck spent 6 years at Atlantic Strings Violin Shop in Melbourne, where we worked as the Manager and primary luthier for shop owner, Allen Gatchell.

Dereck has had the opportunity to work with many world class musicians over the years, and also enjoys mentoring high-school and college students. He continues to broaden his own expertise by attending training' such as Oberlin's Violin Making Workshop in Oberlin, Ohio. Dereck is the primary luthier for Violin Shop Tampa & Sarasota. Dereck prides himself on candid and personalized customer service, as well as his expertise on building, repairing, and restoring stringed instruments!

Email: [email protected] Phone: 813-288-8215

Locations & Hours

Violin Shop Tampa

4009 Henderson Blvd
Tampa, FL 33629

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sunday Closed


Violin Shop Sarasota

1407 1st St.
Sarasota, Fl. 34236

Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Sunday & Monday  Closed