Guarneri House

Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

Steven playing one of his own basses.

Steven Reiley holds a master's in String Instrument Studies from the University of Michigan where he majored in double bass performance and minored in cello.

As the previous owner of Guarneri House, Steven's activities range from hand crafting double basses and bows to restoration work on both. Steven appraises instruments and bows brought to him from all over the country and abroad. 

Some of the world's leading concert artists, professional musicians and teachers such as Ani Kavafian, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Schlomo Mintz, Lawrence Hurst, and many others have purchased bows made by Steven Reiley. His basses can be found in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Omaha, Grand Rapids, Danish Radio Orchestra, Beijing Symphony and the Berlin Opera.

Steven serves as the Centerfold Editor of "Bass World" magazine, a publication of the International Society of Bassists. He won two awards of distinction at the 2003 International Society of Bassists Makers Competition. His Testore model double bass won a "Certificate of Tone" and his French-style bass bow won the "Convention Favorite" award. In 2005, at the International Society of Bassist Makers Competition, Steven's bow won a "Certificate of Workmanship" and a "Convention Favorite" award. At the 2011 ISB Convention, Steven won a "Certificate of Tone" on a bass he entered in the makers competition.

Steven Reiley : Master Luthier/Bow Maker