34 Years and it’s Time to Celebrate

For over 3 decades ZETA instruments have brought advanced form and function to the world of electric analog/digital violins, violas, cellos and basses. Legendary: for the silky smooth tone of the Jazz Fusion; the edgy acoustic throat of the Strados Modern; the full-bodied traditional voice of the EV Acoustic. Whatever you want . . . Zeta delivers! Professional quality instruments that enhance the artist’s performance, opening the door to unlimited creativity and musical self-expression.

 


Zeta’s three exclusive pickup systems deliver a wide range of analog tones for use in varying stylistic recording and performance applications.

Zeta violins are specifically designed for use by discerning musicians in a variety of musical genres. Stylistic and versatile, the Zeta sound delivers tone without compromise; for the local venue, recording studio, or concert stage. The ultimate in creative expression, ZETA Violins …the Player’s Choice.

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2 weeks ago

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You know when you're feeling lonely so you decide to have a party and invite just your Cello friends over. Things are going well and then right when someone says, 'Let's take a group picture!", Roasted Charlie shows up with his 2nd cousin . . . you know, Billy Bob Bass. All you want is a pic with your best Cello buds . . . but to be polite and inclusive . . . you take a 2nd picture. Then the Alder twins shout, 'We need a diversity shot!' . . . and before you know it Charlie and Bob need a portrait to update their Facebook profile. Finally the jokes start flying, 'What do you get when you cross a Roasted Fusion Cello with a Roasted Fusion Bass? . . . a Roasted Fusion Baby' . . . and that's when you realize it's just not that bad being alone sometimes. ... See MoreSee Less

You know when youre feeling lonely so you decide to have a party and invite just your Cello friends over. Things are going well and then right when someone says, Lets take a group picture!, Roasted Charlie shows up with his 2nd cousin . . . you know, Billy Bob Bass. All you want is a pic with your best Cello buds . . . but to be polite and inclusive . . . you take a 2nd picture. Then the Alder twins shout, We need a diversity shot! . . . and before you know it Charlie and Bob need a portrait to update their Facebook profile. Finally the jokes start flying, What do you get when you cross a Roasted Fusion Cello with a Roasted Fusion Bass? . . . a Roasted Fusion Baby . . . and thats when you realize its just not that bad being alone sometimes.

1 month ago

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I'm loving Ms. Jo A-Ram's latest cover . . . 'Hot Stuff' (Donna Summer_1979) . . . and she's loving her new ZETA Jazz Modern . . . Roasted Maple Top & Neck, Cremona Burst with Custom Inlay and Monogram. You can check out the full version of Ms. A-Ram's video here: youtu.be/1mgLSjR3YVE ... See MoreSee Less

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good..

good

Kaito Irizarry

Miggi Migic

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1 month ago

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Taking off today and arriving soon at Electric Violin Shop, Durham, NC. A gorgeous JV45 Roasted/Roasted Maple Dbl-Edge with Roasted Maple neck. ... See MoreSee Less

Taking off today and arriving soon at Electric Violin Shop, Durham, NC. A gorgeous JV45 Roasted/Roasted Maple Dbl-Edge with Roasted Maple neck.

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Looks familiar!!!

2 months ago

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Recent sighting . . . a ZETA Crop Circle . . . ready for an early Spring harvest. Roasted Fusions and Classics ripe for the picking. I'm seeing some Naturals, as well as Chocolate or Cremona Bursts. Add a couple of Flame Maple outriggers, perhaps Trans-Blue or Red? . . . what's your flavor? ... See MoreSee Less

Recent sighting . . . a ZETA Crop Circle . . . ready for an early Spring harvest. Roasted Fusions and Classics ripe for the picking. Im seeing some Naturals, as well as Chocolate or Cremona Bursts. Add a couple of Flame Maple outriggers, perhaps Trans-Blue or Red? . . . whats your flavor?

2 months ago

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ZETA's Strados Fusion 5-String Cello . . . you know you're almost there when the only thing left is sending the case mock-up off for production . . . yea . . . and onward we go. ... See MoreSee Less

ZETAs Strados Fusion 5-String Cello . . . you know youre almost there when the only thing left is sending the case mock-up off for production . . . yea . . . and onward we go.

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Will be anxious to try one!! Hope all is well everyone!! 🎶

Wow! I didn't realize you still made cellos too!

I love my zeta cello! 🙌

2 months ago

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Gorgeous Trans-Blue ZETA C_Octave Jazz Modern arriving in Detroit today. Can't wait to hear this one! Me thinks a special treat coming our way . . . stay tuned. ... See MoreSee Less

Gorgeous Trans-Blue ZETA C_Octave Jazz Modern arriving in Detroit today. Cant wait to hear this one! Me thinks a special treat coming our way . . . stay tuned.

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This is the one I have (and have had since 2001)... LOVE IT! ❤

what price

I know a certain someone who played a blue violin in high school in Detroit a long time ago. Curious to hear this chin cello.

lovely work, Steve.

2 months ago

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The custom inlaid 'Heartbeat' Jazz Fusion (JV44) we made for Nicolas Draps was a show stopper . . . and one of my favorites for sure. His control and self-expression with his new 'Heartbeat' is . . . spectacular! . . . so creative . . . Love it! Thanks for sharing with us Nico. ... See MoreSee Less

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Bon je vois qu'on s'éclate déjà là ;-) Enjoy !!

2 months ago

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ZETA Strados Acoustic Pro 5-string demo courtesy of Evan Garr . . . both unplugged and amplified. Thank you Evan! ... See MoreSee Less

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I would like to see one sounds good

It's not the violin you are great

Yes sir

Awesome

Supeeeer!!!!

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2 months ago

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What a treat . . . Evan Garr with his ZETA 'Strados' Acoustic Pro 5-string is currently on tour with Al Di Meola and the 'Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Tour 2017'. You can check out their performance schedule here . . . www.aldimeola.com/tour. Don't miss them if they're in your neighborhood. Evan Garr . . . what can you say . . . oh I know . . . WOW! ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow!

Thank you for putting yourself on Facebook. I never do facebook but after Dez showed me U on there I can't seem to stay off. I enjoy hearing and seeing you. You are Fantastic keep it up. Luv ya. Auntie B.

Amazing!!!

Go Evan! Nice!!!

G.O.A.T....

Go, Evan!!!

You go Evan!!👏🏾👏🏾

Man

AWESOME my Brother!

Philip Sheppard

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3 months ago

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Taking flight to Dallas, TX . . . 'Gabriel's Wings' in Pearl, Gold Pearl and Stone. The Chocolate Burst finish on this Roasted Maple Top/Neck perfectly compliments Marek ENETI's custom inlaid ZETA SV24 Strados Modern. Heading into the studio with this beauty next week . . . I can't wait to hear it soar under Marek's masterful bow. Cranking up the GR-55 I believe! ... See MoreSee Less

Taking flight to Dallas, TX . . . Gabriels Wings in Pearl, Gold Pearl and Stone. The Chocolate Burst finish on this Roasted Maple Top/Neck perfectly compliments Marek ENETIs custom inlaid ZETA SV24 Strados Modern. Heading into the studio with this beauty next week . . . I cant wait to hear it soar under Mareks masterful bow. Cranking up the GR-55 I believe!

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Since the rebirth of Zeta you've raised the bar. Unfortunate that the previous owners tarnished what was a good reputation. Nice to see you bring it back. Those chocolate burst instruments are stunning!

...posting this in the various The Light Crust Doughboys Facebook Pages and Groups where Marek Eneti Leszczynski Marek Eneti official is a popular official band member of The Light Crust Doughboys. Follow the band and Marek by "liking" our pages and by joining The Light Crust Doughboys In Concert discussion Facebook group.

3 months ago

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This double-edged roasted maple Jazz Fusion (Chocolate Burst) JV44 is en route to Belgium for Nicolas Draps. When Nicolas shared his inlay idea with me I was like . . . wow, why didn't I think of that!? As we worked out the details of his instrument Nico shared how his music flow's from his heart . . . his very soul, and his playing here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oM7R9S_GcE&nohtml5=False
(2:30 . . . 5:00 on) and here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MpgwUdEW4A&nohtml5=False clearly demonstrate his ability to dig deep and express himself. Do a little search and you'll find other examples like this self described 'moody' piece: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RaTAk_lIlw

As for his new custom ZETA . . . oh heart be(at) still!
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This double-edged roasted maple Jazz Fusion (Chocolate Burst) JV44 is en route to Belgium for Nicolas Draps. When Nicolas shared his inlay idea with me I was like . . . wow, why didnt I think of that!? As we worked out the details of his instrument Nico shared how his music flows from his heart . . . his very soul, and his playing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oM7R9S_GcE&nohtml5=False
(2:30 . . . 5:00 on) and here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MpgwUdEW4A&nohtml5=False clearly demonstrate his ability to dig deep and express himself. Do a little search and youll find other examples like this self described moody piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RaTAk_lIlwAs for his new custom ZETA . . . oh heart be(at) still!

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This is why I asked you... Thanks for this machine!!!! Yeaaaaaah B-)

Dokładnie takie bym chciał !!! <3 Są niesamowite !!!

Beautiful instrument!

I love the wood on this. How much would it cost to have this wood made 5 string acoustic violin/viola?

3 months ago

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Being set free from production this week at ZETA were several customs. This 1st one heading out to Ms. Jo A-Ram in South Korea. A beautiful Strados Modern w/Roasted Maple Top/Neck, Cremona Burst, custom inlay 'JA' in Pearl & Stone, and custom Logo. I love Ms. A-Rams' covers of 'Unchained Melody' and 'California Dreamin' . . . found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHdH-tESvCs and here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=soWw8ksUGl0. Visit Ms. A-Ram on Facebook . . . www.facebook.com/0523joaram. ... See MoreSee Less

Being set free from production this week at ZETA were several customs. This 1st one heading out to Ms. Jo A-Ram in South Korea. A beautiful Strados Modern w/Roasted Maple Top/Neck, Cremona Burst, custom inlay JA in Pearl & Stone, and custom Logo. I love Ms. A-Rams covers of Unchained Melody and California Dreamin . . . found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHdH-tESvCs and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soWw8ksUGl0. Visit Ms. A-Ram on Facebook . . . https://www.facebook.com/0523joaram.

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I think mine needs to be serviced... how can I go about doing that?

Miss a-ram jo! I wish your violin skill will be influenced with not only in the nation but also in the world . We are recognizing your violin sounds will resonate through all over the world .

Just gorgeous!!!

Wow ~! Fantastic....

Moje marzenie to takie skrzypce ! <3

Gorgeous instruments!

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3 months ago

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So how does the sound of ZETA's Jazz Acoustic Pro stack up to the JLP? With Gabe Gladstein in town last week we had the perfect opportunity to find out. We were recording a long awaited looping session with Gabe and thought . . . 'well lets throw this into the mix'. ... See MoreSee Less

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Such distinct sounds, but I love both. What a pleasure to play them, and great as always to visit you all!

Can sombody tell me where i could find it ? I'm very interrested and i will buy it

Love it!

felicitaciones, buen tema ¡¡¡

3 months ago

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Lots of recording here at ZETA over the holiday week. We were sending off our 1st Jazz Acoustic Pro [MIDI] to Bulgaria . . . so we enlisted Kaito Irizarry to stop by and demonstrate the plugged in perspective of this instrument. Kaito loved exploring its' unique sonic signature with the GR-55. Interesting to hear the 'warm character' the acoustic body adds to the ZETA Jazz bridge sound . . . yeah buddy! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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Custom JV45 Jazz Fusion Roasted/Roasted Natural heading out for Christmas. What a beauty! Thanks to everyone for all the support in 2016. Merry Christmas! Looking forward to a great 2017! ... See MoreSee Less

Custom JV45 Jazz Fusion Roasted/Roasted Natural heading out for Christmas. What a beauty! Thanks to everyone for all the support in 2016. Merry Christmas! Looking forward to a great 2017!

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This for sale?

I love it.. and i wish it

Wonderful !!!

Stradivarius 2017 !

6 months ago

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Calvin Vollrath and James playing fiddle tune 'Big John McNeil' at the ZETA booth in Guthrie. Calvin (playing ZETA's Acoustic Pro 5-string) and James (playing his custom ZETA C_Octave Cowboy). ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

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Calvin Vollrath Concert - Belgrade, MT . . . Sat, Oct 15 @ 7:00 PM

ZETA is looking forward to a great evening of fiddle music presented by Calvin Vollrath, Canada's Fiddling Sensation, with special guests: Kimberley Holmes (piano) & Clinton Pelletier (guitar). The concert will be held at the Belgrade High School Auditorium. Tickets for open seating are available for $15 at Rosauer's in Bozeman and at the door which opens for seating at 6:30 pm.

Calvin is a musical prodigy, with a huge catalog of compositions, 58 albums, and a mantle full of fiddling awards. For more information about Calvin, visit www.calvinvollrath.com.
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Calvin Vollrath Concert - Belgrade, MT . . . Sat, Oct 15 @ 7:00 PMZETA is looking forward to a great evening of fiddle music presented by Calvin Vollrath, Canadas Fiddling Sensation, with special guests: Kimberley Holmes (piano) & Clinton Pelletier (guitar). The concert will be held at the Belgrade High School Auditorium. Tickets for open seating are available for $15 at Rosauers in Bozeman and at the door which opens for seating at 6:30 pm.Calvin is a musical prodigy, with a huge catalog of compositions, 58 albums, and a mantle full of fiddling awards. For more information about Calvin, visit www.calvinvollrath.com.

7 months ago

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Fantastic trip to the International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, OK this last week. Lots of good videos and pics to share. What a great festival! First up is Canadian Fiddler extraordinaire, Calvin Vollrath. In this impromptu video Calvin (playing ZETA's Acoustic Pro 5-string) and James (playing his custom ZETA C_Octave Cowboy) take 'Lady Be Good' out for a ride. I'm lovin' the bottom end the C_Octave puts out there. ... See MoreSee Less

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SUPER OK ...GENIALES.

7 months ago

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ZETA is heading to Byron Berline's International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, Oklahoma. JAMES SCHLENDER is on the bus and packing his custom Modern SV45 and his Acoustic Pro5. James will be rockin' the late night jam sessions for sure . . . but you can meet him at our booth and just say Howdy! Come join us and check out several custom ZETA's . . . including a JLP5, a Double Edge-Double Lam-Roasted, Roasted, Roasted Choclate JV45 Fusion, Acoustic Pro_4 & 5-strings, a ZETA custom C_Octave . . . and the JM25 MIDI mando. Don't tell anybody were bringing the MIDI though. More festival details found at oibf.com. JAMMIN! ... See MoreSee Less

ZETA is heading to Byron Berlines International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, Oklahoma. JAMES SCHLENDER is on the bus and packing his custom Modern SV45 and his Acoustic Pro5. James will be rockin the late night jam sessions for sure . . . but you can meet him at our booth and just say Howdy! Come join us and check out several custom ZETAs . . . including a JLP5, a Double Edge-Double Lam-Roasted, Roasted, Roasted Choclate JV45 Fusion, Acoustic Pro_4 & 5-strings, a ZETA custom C_Octave . . . and the JM25 MIDI mando. Dont tell anybody were bringing the MIDI though. More festival details found at oibf.com. JAMMIN!

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I actually tried to find it once. I think it was take time it handled Gibson. Also I made a commitment on the sight that Byron Berline have been friends since the early 1960's and played at the fiddle contest.

Byron Berline is a friend of mine from the early 60s. He and I used to play together at the fiddle contest back then

If you ever get to Montana you must go through Steve shop it's absolutely amazing he is a genius building instruments.

9 months ago

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After playing out with the ZETA JM25 for about a month . . . Tom graciously came back to check-in and record a looping demo with the GR-55. It's fun to hear him talk about his gigging . . . the heads that turn when audience members can't figure out what just happened on stage . . . 'WOW . . . what was that!' ... See MoreSee Less

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Good job. 👍

Excited....

Incredible instrument . Nice job of mastering it Tom!

10 months ago

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Ever since we launched ZETA's 'C-Octave' I have dreamed of recording Nancy Padilla's tune 'The Promise' as a duet with Violin and C_Octave. Natalie's recent hometown visit to Bozeman gave us just that opportunity, and was timed well with the completion of our first modern body instrument with the 'Cowgirl' trim. So here ya go . . . my dream come true! ... See MoreSee Less

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Wat kost de viool

Wow.Special just special.

Very cute and very nice

Beautiful

I likey

Love it. So glad that ZETA Violins is back to where it should be.

Lina Caceres amiga escucha esto para que lo montemos las dos mira que lindo

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11 months ago

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ZETA JM25 MIDI Mandolin
As seen 1st on Mandolin Cafe . . . ZETA's new Jazz 5-String Fusion Mandolin is alive. Our unique design represents the total 'ZETAfication' of the traditional Florentine mandolin styling. Like its namesake . . . ZETA's all new 'Jazz Fusion' Mandolin, the JM25, combines the best from ZETA's linage: styling, performance, semi-hollow body design, and of course . . . high-tech electronic MIDI capability . . . ie, total compatibility with Roland's performance Synth, the GR-55. Hope you enjoy our demo video as local mandolinist Tom Murphy takes the JM25 out for an initial test pick. This video is long and includes both analog and MIDI samples, and an informative interview with Tom Murphy.
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Anyone know the tuning? Just curious.

Sounds fantastic!

fantastic and amazing. Beautiful. Tank and Phyllis Wellbrock

Amazing!!

Holy cow. Tom, wow!

Fabio Petruzzi

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12 months ago

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Introducing our new ZETA->Roland GR-55 cable. This new Synth interface for ZETA finally opens up a host of new MIDI connection possibilities for your ZETA instruments (8-pin) and; (USB) DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, piano synths, etc. And did I mention . . . as Tim and I found out . . . it's just plain fun. ... See MoreSee Less

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Can't wait to give this a shot!

Tank likes this.

mustapha borgogne

So joyful!

12 months ago

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The ZETA JV45 was next up for recording with Tim and Sam. I think Tim was looking forward to getting another whack at that low 'C' string . . . which he did quite well of course. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow serious machine and great playing from both of those guys. Is that the same model as yours Michael?

Mo O'Connor Michael Cummins

12 months ago

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CV44 Artist_RstdFlm-StMpl_Chocolate Burst . . .

1st Jazz Classic going out the door with a one-piece roasted maple top . . . my new favorite!
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CV44 Artist_RstdFlm-StMpl_Chocolate Burst . . .1st Jazz Classic going out the door with a one-piece roasted maple top . . . my new favorite!

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You could become the Zeta man!

Wow it looks stunning I really like this shape.

It's gorgeous !!! and I can't wait to play it... 🕦

This is a Fantastic Violin!

Great looking instrument. Bravo!

WONDERFUL INSTRUMENT !!!!!!! :O)))))

Beautiful.

Ooooooooooh !

It looks great but I'm more for the Jazz Fusion. Which violin model would you guys consider as your overall favorite?

Xaomacn

video for listen the sound? ^_^

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12 months ago

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Both Tim and Sam had to take a 2nd look when the 1st notes of the C-Octave were bowed. Tim had wondered why I handed him a viola bow . . . and now he knew. ZETA's C_Octave instrument (aka 'Chin-Cello') is a blast to play. ... See MoreSee Less

About Us

. . . meet the ZETA team

Natalie Padilla Koob

Originally from Montana, Natalie began fiddling at the age of 3 under the instruction of her mother, acclaimed fiddler & composer Nancy Padilla; soon a[Read more]

Phil Brug

Phil was born and raised in the Cody area of Wyoming. His parents were some of the last homesteaders in the United States. Growing up farming and ranching [Read more]

James Schlender

James, a native of Montana, grew up in a home filled with the sound of guitar and mandolin being played by his father, a traditionalist in the old-time sty[Read more]

Steve Carlson

Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Steve moved to Bozeman, Montana to study Architecture at MSU in 1972. His passion for banjo playing led him to opening a music[Read more]

Helen Beausoleil

With over 20,000 instruments having passed through her hands (give or take a few hundred), Helen is what you might call an expert . . . and of course, that[Read more]

LoudBox Artist

"I lead a flat life here at Zeta Violins. Sure, I'm supposed to hang in the background, I know that. But give me a break. Turn my knobs please. Add some co[Read more]

Jamie Carlson Henley

Jamie, born and raised just north of Bozeman, grew up in a world that seemed to revolve around musical instrument production. Even on weekend visits to her[Read more]

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