About our company
The Old Virginia Brand Instrument Co. was created by Chris Via from Virginia and Neil Turner from Georgia. Chris and Neil partnered up with the goal too provide an alternative to cheaply made foreign instruments, by crafting quality American made instruments at affordable prices. Our production is currently done in both our shops in Virginia and Georgia, and we share the labor involved in all our instruments. We are dedicated to providing the best.
About our Builders
Chris ViaChris lives in Rich Creek, Virgina just a stones throw away from the New River. Chris is a Machinist and Autoworker by trade and has a deep passion for the Appalachian Mountain Music and Culture. Chris has spent many years studying the music and culture of his region and currently runs the annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention in Glyn Lyn, Virginia. Chris learned his craft from traditional banjo makers from his area and has been building banjos with his company, Old Via Banjos, for over 10 years. Chris is also an accomplished musician and plays both the banjo and fiddle.
Neil TurnerNeil currently lives in Marietta, Georgia just northwest of Atlanta. Neil is an Architect and Luthier, and has spent many years studying design and woodworking. He has been tinkering with making things since he was kid and has taken many fine woodworking classes as part of his Architectural education. Neil has over 10 years of experience building and repairing string instruments and has run his own custom banjo company, Buzzard Mountain Instruments, since 2008.
John Henry Built, in Talcott, West Virginia.