About

Paula Keller Smith, Owner/Manager Keller Strings LLC

  • Second generation violin shop entrepreneur since May 1990. Owned and operated Keller Strings, Inc., (Violin family instruments, bows, repair and restoration, instructional studios, rentals) in the Midwest region.
  • Created and marketed  WildHair®, dyed horsehair for wholesale and retail  1995 – 2010
  • Mentors and instructors: Frank Keller (Father, deceased); L. Gene Bearden, Owner Bearden Violin Shop St. Louis, Missouri, International Society of Violin and Bow makers; Lynn Armour Hannings, Bowmaker, Member- American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
  • Favorite skills: Customer service, bows (rehairing and restoration), varnish touchup

John W. Smith, Owner/Manager Keller StringsJohn LLC

  • Violin Shop sales and restoration since May 1991. Keller Strings, Inc., (Violin family instruments, bows, repair and restoration, instructional studios, rentals) in the Midwest region.
  • Trained under Frank Keller, Horst Klaus, Violin Maker, Boston;  Gene Bearden, Violin Maker, St Louis
  • Favorite skills: restoration – violins, violas, and cellos. Finding the correct instrument for my customers. Favorite repair: button graft/sound post patch.

LeeAnn Law, Customer Service and Social Media Manager

LeeAnn is a University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduate in Music, and is now pursuing a Masters degree in Music Therapy at Loyola. She grew up surrounded by musicians, picking up the French language and cajun fiddle at a very young age! Before coming to Keller Strings, she worked at a Lafayette-based violin shop for 4 years, so she is excited to share her knowledge of all things strings with our customers!