"I find his instruments to be beautiful visually and tonally. His traditional approach to instrument making and varnishing, as well as reasonable pricing, makes his instruments a wise and secure investment. "
-Lawrence Wheeler - Associate Professor of Viola, Moores School of Music, Univ. of Houston

"What impresses me the most about Dorian Barnes is his appreciation for, and ability to create, quality sound. Whether listening to one of his own instruments or working with him in adjusting a violin, it is apparent that Dorian uses the sound of the old, great, masters as his template. He is extraordinarily patient and works hand in hand with musicians in search of the best possible results."
- Kathleen Winkler - Professor of Violin Shepherd School of Music - MS 532 Rice University, Guest Professor of Violin Beijing Central Conservatory, China

"I've been amazed at the instant transformation of my instrument from Dorian's adjustments. There is no one I have trusted more when my violin has needed a repair. "
-Rebecca Corruccini - Section First Violin, Minnesota Orchestra

"Dorian Barnes solved all of my set-up issues on my primary double bass. He handled all of my personal requirements with regard to tone and playability with great care. His work is exquisite and innovative; I was (and continue to be) very pleased with the way my instrument performs for me. I make a point to recommend Dorian to all of colleagues and students.
-David Klingensmith - Jazz Bass Instructor University of Houston, Adjunct Artist (double bass) University of St Thomas

"I am an oud player and collector living in Texas. I approached Dorian to perform all kinds of repairs on my high value instruments. I am impressed with his integrity and the high quality of the work done with great passion. As a result, the transformation of all my instruments was more than amazing.

Dorian is a world-class luthiere who has a lot of passion for his profession."

-Hatem Afandi - Engineering Manager, Oud Player and Collector