Where I work: Texas Violin Store

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If you stop by the Texas Violin Shop, you’ll likely find me at the workbench, making new machines and restoring old ones. My husband and trading partner, Estefan, will probably test the instruments, and play everything from classical music to playing the old violin. You’ll see violins in various stages of completion, with nearly complete instruments hanging by their coils from a shelf, waiting to be polished and set up. Among a pile of sawdust on the workshop floor, you might find our two shop dogs, Amati and Lucy. When we’re not adjusting the instruments, classical music plays in the background and the sound of wood scraping fills the room.

For our family, Texas Violin Shop is an old dream that has recently come true.

Growing up in Patchoug, New York, Estefan had a passion for music from a young age, listening to artists such as Tony Bennett, Michael Buble and Josh Groban. When he was 10 years old, he started playing the cello and quickly excelled. By the time he was in the seventh grade, Estefan learned that he wanted to pursue a career in music education.

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