This note came in from a long term owner of one of my violins. It made my day!
"In July I had the pleasure of going to Robert Haag's shop in Calgary and trying two of his cellos. I was in Alberta to work on a recording at the Banff Centre for the Arts followed by a performance in Edmonton at the Winspear as part of a project that the Ociciwan Collective had organized with Postcommodity, myself and a group of indigenous musicians and artists. The project was a life changing experience for me, and Robert's cello was there with me throughout as an equal partner in the process.
After playing his cellos for about an hour , I chose the cello that Robert most often plays. It has a wonderful even tone throughout, a panoply of audible harmonics that burst forth with the gentlest provocation, and enough power to full the hall at the Winspear. In the contextor the work I was doing in Alberta, I would usually amplify the instrument but it proved unnecessary! The G string had lugubrious honey-tones and the upper register was clean and sweet.
I have played a number of very fine instruments by contemporary luthiers and I can say with confidence that I felt a deep attraction and fondness for Robert's cello.
It was a wonderful companion for two weeks and I certainly think it would make a great lifetime companion for an artist looking for an instrument that can match their sonic imagination."
Alex Waterman - Cellist and Composer
"I was coaching at Amici string program yesterday and noticed one of the kids had a particularly attractive and fine sounding violin, which I remarked on. She proudly said it was a Robert Haag, so we had a little chat about how I knew you. Nice girl and good violinist. A happy moment."
Tom Mirhady - Friend and Cellist Extraordinaire
"Rob Haag is a cello maker whose instruments all cellists should seriously consider. The tone speaks fully in every range and with interesting character. The cello's response is immediate at whatever dynamic or tone colour I attempt. As well, the craftsmanship and design are exquisite. Do not hesitate to try one of Rob's cellos when you have decided to shop for an instrument."
Orquestra Filharmonica de Minas Gerais
"The one common trait of all three violins was in fact the ease with which I was able to handle them. Shifting, bow contact points, finger spacing, all felt immediately comfortable and correct for my hands."
J.Terrence McCarthy BMus. MMus.
"I have tried many, many violins and never have I seriously considered owning another one until I tried Rob's latest."
Donna Turk - Recording Artist, Instructor and former Music Director for the Calgary Fiddlers
"I’ve had the pleasure of playing a number of Rob Haag’s violins. While each has its own characteristics, of course, in general they have a full, even sound, with a consistent clarity and projection over the whole pitch range. The tone tends, perhaps, to be on the ‘dark’ side, from a Cape Breton perspective but clear. Every one I pick up, I find ‘easy to play’, so much so that I usually forget I’m trying a new violin and start getting lost in the music. And what’s more, they look good: Rob tries to enhance rather than subdue the natural appearance of his wood. Altogether, finely crafted and great-sounding instruments."
James Thurgood - Recording Artist
I am falling in love with the one I picked in the end. It has an amazing sound, and is very easy to play. The instrument is perfect, there is no better way to put it.
Logan Aitken - Performer - The Calgary Fiddlers