Through the kindness of a fellow 'cafe member,Gerry Cassidy,who has a luthier friend in the Czech.Republic,i've managed to make contact with Jiri Lebeda.
Jiri is still building,but almost on a 'private' basis. It seems he tired of the larger scale of production that he was into at one time.The crash of currencies against the $,didn't help either ( who did it help ?).
Personally,i'm very pleased that his skill is still available to those who want one of his instruments.My own Lebeda was built by Jiri alone & the build standard is a testimony to just how good that guy is. I get a gut feeling that his 'own build' instruments,made solely by him from superior materials quote - " with the well aged wood and french polishing finish..",will be as good as it gets. I'm almost wringing my hands in anguish that i currently can't afford to order one from him. Of all the Czech.builder's instruments that i've seen,Jiri's instruments are the very finest for their build standard (IMHO) - & i'm in no way inferring that the other Czech. builder's instruments aren't good,