Ifshin Violins
Rare & Fine Instruments

The Ifshin Collection of Fine Violins
We at Ifshin Violins have always been proud of our extensive collection of fine string instruments and bows. We currently are fortunate to have an unusually large selection of fine violins. If any of these fine violins are of interest to you, please give us a call. We will be delighted to give you more information.

Giovanni Baptista Ceruti

Giovanni Baptista Ceruti

Cremona, 1802. Giovanni Baptista Ceruti was the founder and most important member of the Ceruti violin making dynasty and the best known Cremonese maker of the post-Storioni era. His direct followers include his son, grandson, as well as the Antoniazzis. When Storioni left Cremona, it seems that Ceruti took over where Storioni left off and became very successful. J.B. Ceruti’s instruments have always in great demand. Our exceptional example has a wonderful tone and we recommend it for a top orchestra musician or soloist


Andrea Postacchini

Andrea Postacchini

Fermo, mid 19th Century. Postacchini spent his entire career in Fermo and was mostly self-taught. This wonderful violin was made in the maker’s best period. The tone is superb, powerful, resonant and responsive. This would be an excellent choice for a soloist and is tonally one of the best violins we have had in recent years.


Sanctus Seraphin

Sanctus Seraphin

Venice, 1730. Next to the great Cremonese makers (Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, etc.), the work of the makers of Venice are held in the highest esteem both by musicians and connoisseurs. His work stands out among the Venetian makers as being the most refined and elegant. This beautiful violin has a most striking one-piece back and has a rich, clear tone suitable for a soloist. We are especially proud to be able to offer this exceptional instrument.


Carlo Giuseppe Testore

Carlo Giuseppe Testore

Milan, 1697. Carlo Giuseppe is generally considered the the best and most important maker of the Testore family. Tonally, this violin has a wonderful warm tone with a great deal of depth. It’s a real joy to play. It comes with certificates from W.E.Hill & Sons and Kenneth Warren in Chicago.


Angelo Soliani

Angelo Soliani

Modena, 1790. This beautiful violin is the best work we have seen by Soliani. It was made on the model of J.B. Guadagnini. The varnish is a striking red-orange and the tone is full, warm, and rich. This is an outstanding violin for the professional musician.


Leandro Bisiach

Leandro Bisiach

Milan, 1900. Bisiach was probably the most important figure in Italian violin making of his era. His instruments dating from 1900 and before are considered by experts to be his best. This is an exceptional example of his work, in wonderful condition and a superb tone. It is one of the finest examples by this maker we have ever had.


Leandro Bisiach

Leandro Bisiach

Milan, c. 1914. This fine violin has a powerful clear tone.


Carlo Antonio Testore

Carlo Antonio Testore

Milan, 1764 (7/8). Instruments of the 18th Century Milanese makers are always in demand because they represent excellent value in a fine old Italian violins. Their clients were not as wealthy as those from Cremona and Venice, so they had to use plainer wood and work more quickly, yet the tone quality of their instruments ranks with the best of the great old Italian masters. This violin has a wonderful "old Italian" sound. This is an excellent choice for the professional musician looking for a slightly smaller instrument of quality.


Rudolfo Fredi

Rudolfo Fredi

Rome, 1904. This violin is an especially fine example of Fredi’s work, made during the best period of his long and distinguished career. The tone is clear and focused, but with depth and warmth. The maker’s original handwritten label is a dedication to the owner of this violin.


Leandro Bisiach

Leandro Bisiach

Milan, 1926. Musicians from all over the world flocked to Bisiach’s shop. At the time it was one of the most important shops anywhere. The quality of the instruments produced there were the very best. This is an outstanding example with a responsive tone with depth and character.


Carl Becker & Son

Carl Becker & Son

Chicago, 1951
Carl Becker is considered by most experts as the greatest of all American makers. This is one of the finest examples we have seen from this period and is in unusually fine condition.


Giuseppe Tarasconi

Giuseppe Tarasconi

Milan 1899.

Born in Parma, Tarasconi trained in Milan with L.Rossi before setting up own shop in 1888. He became very successful and respected. He also worked with most of the other makers in Milan including Leandro Bisiach and the Antoniazzis. This violin has a wonderful responsive sweet tone and is very easy to play.


Gaetano Gadda

Gaetano Gadda

Mantua, 1951

Gaetano Gadda was the only student of the great Stefano Scarampella and his instruments show many of the qualities of his master. This fine violin was made during his best period after he had broken away from his master's style and had found his own way. The tone is brilliant and quite responsive and is in superb condition.


Otello Bignami

Otello Bignami

Bologna, 1957


Lapo Casini

Lapo Casini

Florence, 1921


Caressa & Français

Caressa & Français

Paris, 1920.

For many decades, the firm of Caressa & Français was perhaps the most important and respected violin dealers in Paris. Many of the most important makers worked there. Musicians and collectors from all over the world came there. This beautiful violin is in wonderful condition and is one of the finest examples from these makers we have ever seen.


Joseph Chardon

Joseph Chardon

Paris, 1874. Chardon was a pupil of the great Georges Chanot and opened his atelier two years before this exceptional violin was made. He had a long and distinguished career both as a maker and expert. This violin is in exceptional condition. The tone is brilliant and responsive.


Mario Frosali

Mario Frosali

Los Angeles, 1957.

Of all of the violins by Mario Frosali that we have offered over the years, this exceptional instrument is by far the finest. In a letter that accompanies this violin, Frosali states that this is one of the best he ever made. All of us here are especially enthusiastic about it. The tone is superb, full and warm. This would be a great choice for a top professional violinist.


Giacomo & Leandro Bisiach

Giacomo & Leandro Bisiach

Milan, 1948

The brothers Bisiach were the sons and successors to Leandro Sr. Their workshop maintained the high standards set by their father. This violin has a wonderful tone, powerful and responsive.


Caesar Maggiali

Caesar Maggiali

Cerrara, 1933

Maggiali worked with I. Sderci among others and went on to win awards for his work. This violin has an excellent warm and responsive tone.


Luigi Mozzani

Luigi Mozzani

Cento, 1930
Mozzani set up a workshop in 1910 to make string instruments. While some of the violins were of the less expensive student type, he also employed some of the best makers of the time like the Antoniazzi’s to make his best instruments. This is one of the best Mozzani’s we have seen. It has a powerful, brilliant, responsive tone and is in excellent condition.


Pietro Chiocchini

Pietro Chiocchini

Pisa c. 1750

It is unusual to find an old 18th. century Italian violin in this price range, especially one with this kind of warm full tone.


Charles Résuche

Charles Résuche

Bordeaux, 1900, no.99

Resuche worked for famous shops both in Paris (Gand & Bernardel) and Lyon (Diter) before establishing his own shop in Bordeaux. This beautifully made violin has a full, rich tone.


Charles Résuche

Bordeaux, 1900. Made the same year and in the same style as our other violin by Resuche, this violin has a brilliant, responsive tone.


Enrico Politi

Enrico Politi

Rome, 1918

Politi worked initially with his farther Eugenio, then with his brother Fernando and with Giuseppe Fiorini. He was highly esteemed by his colleagues and served on the jury of many major competitions. This interesting violin has a brilliant, responsive and vibrant tone.


Panormo School, possibly George Panormo

Panormo School, possibly George Panormo

This violin bears a label of Vencenzo Panormo. We believe it to be by a member of the Panormo family, possibly Vincenzo's son George. The sound is very warm and rich.


Gennaro De Luccia

Gennaro De Luccia

Miami, 1974. Gennaro De Luccia came from a large family of violin makers that spanned three generations. He came to America in 1951 and worked at the famous Rembert Wurlitzer shop along with his brother Vincenzo plus some of the best makers of the mid 20th. century. This violin was dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, according to the maker’s internal inscription.


Joannes Toth

Joannes Toth

Budapest, 1918.

Toth established his shop in Budapest in 1910 and was considered by the great Hungarian soloists and teachers of the time to be the best Hungarian maker of his time.

 


Ada Quaranta

Ada Quaranta

Turin, 2006

Ada Quaranta’s instrument are in great demand because of their great quality. She studied at the Cremona school beginning in 1990 after receiving her diploma in violin performance. After graduation, she worked in some of the most important shops in Germany and France. She has won numerous awards for her work. We are pleased to be able to offer this fine example of her work.


Ada Quaranta

 Ada Quaranta

Turin, 1999


Constantine Celani

Constantine Celani

Ascoli Piceno C.1930-40

Labeled Riccardo Antoniazzi


Labeled Vuillaume

Labeled Vuillaume

Possibly by George Gemunder


Concetto Puglisi

Concetto Puglisi

Catania, 1923. This violin by Puglisi is an excellent value in a quality Italian violin. The tone is warm and surprisingly responsive.


Cesare Magrini

Cesare Magrini

Bologna 1983
Magrini has become one of the most important makers of the Bologna school and this violin displays the best of the elegance and craftsmanship of the Bologna makers.


Stentor, Nicolas Vuillaume

Stentor, Nicolas Vuillaume

Mirecourt. The Stentor violins were made in the workshop of Nicolas Vuillaume to be sold in the shop of his brother, J.B. Vuillaume, in Paris, as well as other shops. The demand for the Stentor instruments has been increasing dramatically in recent years due to their excellent workmanship and tone. This example has a powerful, highly responsive, vibrant tone.


Matteo Heyligers

Matteo Heyligers

Cremona, 2012
Born in Holland, Heyligers moved to Italy while still in high school. He studied violin making in Cremona and with Renato Sgarabotto in Parma. His work has become famous all over the world and has been praised by concert artists like Itzak Perlman, Ruggiero Ricci and Shlomo Mintz. He has won awards at major competitions around the world. The tone is full, warm and rich.


Charles Résuche

Charles Résuche

Bordeaux, 1909. Résuche worked in Paris with Gand and Bernardel and at Lyon with Justin Diter before settling in Bordeaux in 1897. This attractive violin has a big, full bodied responsive tone.


Maurizio Tadioli

Maurizio Tadioli

Cutatano Cremona, 2014. Tadioli's instruments have always been very popular with our clients and sell quickly. This violin is an especially nice example modeled on the work of Giuseppe Guarneri.


Fine Old French

Fine Old French

French, 19th century


French, labeled Nicolaus Amatus

French, labeled Nicolaus Amatus

From the workshop of N. Vuillaume.


School of Nemessanyi

School of Nemessanyi

probably Hungarian.


Fine old German

Fine old German

Labeled Carcassi, Saxony c. 1900


Aureli Aurelio

Aureli Aurelio

Rome, 1922. This attractive violin is in excellent condition and has a very nice rich, sweet tone.


Silvio Levaggi

Silvio Levaggi

Cremona, 2011
Levaggi has won numerous awards for his instruments which exhibit superb workmanship and beauty. For this exceptional violin, Levaggi used very striking birds-eye maple for the back and ribs, The tone is full and warm.


J.E. Hardwick

 J.E. Hardwick

Ashtead, Surrey, 1958. Hardwick was a pupil of George Wulme Hudson. This violin has a brilliant, powerful tone.


Marcello Villa

Marcello Villa

Cremona, 2014. Since graduation from the violin making school in Cremona, Marcello Villa has been awarded a multitude of prizes at important competitions all over Europe. Mr. Ifshin chose this beautiful violin from all of the Cremonese instruments at our most recent Cremona show.


Marco Minnozzi

Marco Minnozzi

Ravenna, 2007. Marco Minnozzi has been making violins for over 25 years. He trained with Renato Scrollavezza in Parma and has worked with V. Nigogosian, Horacio Pineiro, and Rene Morel in New York. His work is sought after all over the world. This beautifully crafted violin has a full, warm tone.


Luigi Mozzani

Luigi Mozzani

Bologna, 1932.


Carlos Funes Vitanza

Carlos Funes Vitanza

San Francisco, 2006. Carlos Funes studied violin making in Cremona at the violin making school and worked in Cremona for a period before returning to San Francisco. Even after many years away from Italy, his instruments show many characteristics of the Cremona School.


Maurice Bourguignon

Maurice Bourguignon

Brussels, 1925. After apprenticing with Chevrier in Mirecourt (from age 13) and working at major shops in Paris, Bourguignon went to Brussels and worked with G. Mougenot. He took over his shop in 1910. During his career, he won numerous medals for his work. This violin is in superb condition and has a powerful, brilliant tone.


George Craske

George Craske

possibly Stockport, England, latter 19th Century. Craske was a very prolific maker who worked anonymously for much of his career. After he died, W.E. Hill & Sons purchased and labeled all of his instruments. None of these instruments are dated. The workmanship of Craske's instruments can vary a great deal. This is one of the best examples we have seen. The tone is warm and rich.


Daniele Tonarelli

Daniele Tonarelli

Cremona, 2012


Lorenzo Rossi

Lorenzo Rossi

Milan, 2007. Rossi graduated from the Parma school headed by Scrollevezza and has also studied with Greg Alf, Guy Rabut, and Carlos Arcieri in New York before opening his workshop. We have just received this violin and were immediately impressed with the beauty and elegance of the workmanship as well as the tone.


Marco Pedrini

Marco Pedrini

Cremona, 2007


Andreas Haensel

Andreas Haensel

Kleinsendelbach, 2012.

We are very enthusiastic about Haensel’s work. He first worked with several important makers as well as graduating from the Mittenwald school. Since then he has done an extensive study of varnish. This violin has a powerful, vibrant and responsive tone.


William Whedbee

William Whedbee

Chicago, 1996. Esteemed Chicago maker William Whedbee studied with Morassi and Conia at the violin making school in Cremona and worked at the William Harris Lee shop from 1979 until 1992 when he opened his own workshop. His instruments are used by professional musicians all over the world. This beautiful example has a nice warm tone with great depth, and is in superb condition.


Joseph Vautrin

Joseph Vautrin

Chaumont,1924. This beautiful violin has a full, warm tone.


Borja Bernabeu

Borja Bernabeu

Cremona, 2008

Borja comes from Madrid, but started his training in violin making in the U.S. He moved to Cremona to study at the violin making school. After graduation, he worked with Silvio Levaggi and Alberto Giordano before establishing his own workshop. In 2006, Borja won two silver medals for a violin and viola at the Violin Society of America competition in Baltimore.


Carlos Roberts

Carlos Roberts

Cremona, 2013.

Carlos was originally from Argentina where he worked with Allesandro Bertoncello, before moving to Cremona to study at the International Violin Making School. He set up his own workshop after graduation in 1990. This violin has a full rich tone of great charm and complexity.


Mattia Paolo Riva

Mattia Paolo Riva

Varese, 2008. We recently met this gifted maker and were very impressed with his work. This striking violin has a lustrous red-orange varnish. The tone is also impressive, powerful, brilliant, and tremendously responsive.


Scrollavezza & Zanré

Scrollavezza & Zanré

Parma, 2007. Elisa's father Renato Scrollavezza founded the famous violin making school in Parma so she was deeply involved in the world of violin making from childhood. In 2002, Elisa formed a partnership with Andrea Zanré, also a Scrollavezza student. In their workshop in the historic center of Parma, they concentrate on making new instruments along with training the next generation of violin makers. Mr. Ifshin just chose three violins from their selection and we are delighted with them. We also chose two of the violins made in their Parma workshop under their direction which represent an excellent value.


Andrea Schudtz

Andrea Schudtz

Cremona, 2012
Andrea began his career in violin making with his father in Moscow and was already an established maker when he began his studies at the violin making school in Cremona, graduating in 1995. He has won numerous awards at international competitions.


John Ericson

John Ericson

1939. Born in Sweden, John Ericson made his first instrument at age 14. He worked for shops in Boston before moving to Chicago in 1918. He worked with Carl Becker at William Lewis & Son and with George Einsele. He opened his own shop in 1926. This violin was made on a Guarneri model with slightly narrow upper bouts making it very easy to play. The tone is powerful and very responsive


Fernando Solar

Fernando Solar

Madrid, 1967.

Fernando Solar is considered one of the most important Spanish makers of the 20th century. His instruments are known for their full, rich tone. This violin is a fine and characteristic example of his work.


Daniele Tonarelli

Daniele Tonarelli

Cremona, 2009. After graduating from the school of violin making in Cremona thirteen years ago, Daniele Tonarelli has distinguished himself in a number of competitions around the world. This beautifully crafted violin is in the classic modern Cremona style. The tone is even, warm and clear.


Marcello Bellei

Marcello Bellei

A few years ago, Mr. Ifshin met this gifted maker in Europe and was most impressed with his work. He is clearly one of the most talented makers of his generation. He studied with Scrollavezza at the school in Parma. We currently have a selection of Marcello's violins.


Marco Nolli

Marco Nolli

Cremona, 2000. Nolli, like many of the top Cremona makers, was fortunate to have been at the school when Stefano Conia and Giorgio Scolari were teaching there. Since graduation, he has won numerous medals at competitions all over Italy and has launched a very successful career. This violin is now a few years old and has been "played in." The tone is smooth, clear and responsive.


Arturo Virgoletti

Arturo Virgoletti

Canossa, 2006. Virgoletti is the son of a woodworker and lute maker and was introduced to violin making by Ferdinando Garimberti. After making several violins, he began a ten-year apprenticeship with Sesto Rocchi. Starting in 1993 he began working with the Bisollottis (both father and son).


labeled Martinus Mathias

labeled Martinus Mathias

Vienna 1747. sold as is


Fabrizio Di Pietrantonio

Fabrizio Di Pietrantonio

Livorno, 2004. Born in Livorno in 1964, Pietrantonio worked with several important makers who trained him in the traditions of the Bisiach family and especially Igino Sderci. This violin is a reproduction of the model of J.B. Guadagnini and has a wonderful, rich tone of great character.


Charles Voiry

Charles Voiry

Toulouse, 1951. This violin is especially beautiful with a rich, ruby-red varnish and is in almost new condition. This tone is brilliant, powerful, clear and responsive.


Luigi Merighi

Luigi Merighi

Modena, 1974


Paolo Fanfani

Paolo Fanfani

Cremona, 2010


Caussin Workshop

Caussin Workshop

Neufchâteau, mid 19th Century, labeled Gaspar da Salo.

A great violin for the musician looking for an instrument with a full, dark, rich tone.


Silvio Barbieri

Silvio Barbieri

Mantua, 1998.


Aldric label

Aldric label

Fine old French


Ch. J.B. Collin Mezin

Ch. J.B. Collin Mezin

1889


John Harrison

John Harrison

Redding, CA, 1992.


Wilhelm Kapfhammer

Wilhelm Kapfhammer

1999. After studying at the violin making school in Mittenwald in his native Germany, Kapfhammer moved to Salt Lake City and taught at the violin making school there in the mid 70’s. He has worked primarily in Salt Lake, but also for a number of years in the Bay Area. The tone is powerful, responsive and brilliant.


Ernst Heinrich Roth

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Markneukirchen, 1928


Tonino Boga

Tonino Boga

Turin, 2005


Bertrand Lépine

Bertrand Lépine

Laval (Quebec), 2006


Karel Pilar

Karel Pilar

Kradni Králové, 1941.

Coming from a long line of master violin makers, Karel Pilar is considered one of the most important Czech violin makers of the 20th. Century. After training with Čermák in Prague he worked in Berlin, with Spidlen in Prague and in the Hague with Vedral before setting up his own workshop. He won numerous awards for his work and taught many of the next generation of Czech makers. This violin is an outstanding example of his work. It is in very fine condition and has a wonderful responsive powerful tone.


Edward C. Campbell

Edward C. Campbell

Boiling Springs, PA, 1965. Ed Campbell is well known and respected by most of us in the violin world. He has been making fine violins as well as teaching aspiring makers in his shop in central PA since the late 1950's and has won three gold medals and numerous certificates for tone and workmanship at Violin Society of America competitions. This violin dates from his best period and shows the finest workmanship. It has a nice warm tone and is in excellent condition.


Fine Old German

Probably early 19th century


Daniel Delfour

Toulouse, 2002


Unlabeled German

Unlabeled German

Markneukirchen, circa 1900. This violin is typical of the very best work coming from Saxony at a time that the workshops there were producing their finest instruments. This attractive violin has a powerful, very responsive tone.


Knute Reindahl

Knute Reindahl

Chicago, 1902. Reindahl was born in Norway and came to Chicago in 1870 at the age of 13, having already made his first violin at age 10. He had a very successful shop in Chicago for 25 years, before moving to Madison, Wisconsin. This is a very striking and beautiful example of his, made in his best period.


Alfred Lanini

Alfred Lanini

San Jose, CA 1915.
Although born in California, Lanini studied in Italy, first with Romeo Antoniazzi and then with Farotti in Milan from 1911 to 1914 before returning to San Jose. This violin is in almost new condition and has many characteristics of the maker's masters.


Southern French

Southern French

circa mid 20th Century


Giustino Dal Canto

Giustino Dal Canto

Castelfranco di Sotto (Pisa), 1959.


Angelo Sperzaga

Angelo Sperzaga

Cremona, 2010. Sperzaga graduated from the school of violin making in Cremona in 1986 and set up his own workshop in 1990. He has won a number of awards at competitions around the world, including the Violin Society of America. Since 1998, he has taught varnish technique at the Cremona school.


Alessio Pampalone

Alessio Pampalone

Palermo, 2010. Pampalone has been a violin maker since 1997 and while still young, we consider him an interesting up-and-coming maker of great talent. The tone is strong, full and rich.


Kurt Brückner

Kurt Brückner

1938


Fine old German, labeled Ruggieri

Fine old German, labeled Ruggieri

possibly Saxony, early 19th. century.

It is rare to find a violin in this category with a tone as fine as this. This would be a wonderful choice for a professional musician or very advanced student on a limited budget. It speaks easily, with a mature, robust and rich tone, even across all strings.


Henry Richard Knopf

Henry Richard Knopf

New York, 1934. A member of a very famous family of violin and bow makers, H.R. Knopf studied with his father Heinrich and other important makers in Germany before coming to this country. He established what was to become a very important and successful shop in New York. Tonally, this violin has a brilliant, clear and responsive tone.


Luigi Villa

Luigi Villa

Pisano (near Milan). We have several examples by this maker. See more detailed information.


K. Lothar Meisel

K. Lothar Meisel

Owatonna, MN 1969
Kurt Lothar and his father came to this country from Klingenthal, Germany in the early 1950's. They were raised in a famous family of violin makers going back to the late 1700's. Their work has always been highly respected all over the country. This fine example of K. Lothar's work has a powerful, brilliant tone.


Caussin workshop, labeled Januarious Gagliano

Caussin workshop, labeled Januarious Gagliano


Ernst Heinrich Roth

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Markneukirchen, 1924.


Shahramd & Saeid Rezvani

Shahramd & Saeid Rezvani

Los Angeles, 2012


Werner Barth

Werner Barth

Werner Barth, Bad Brambach, 1988.


T. J. Bellingham

T. J. Bellingham

Leeds, 1905


Paul Hart

Paul Hart

1989


Herman Geipel

Herman Geipel

Markneukirchen, 1935


Antonio Capella

Antonio Capella

Esphino, Portugal, 1980.


Gabriel Magniére

Gabriel Magniére

Mirecourt, 1904.


Paul Ritter

Paul Ritter

Schöneck, 1931.

This beautifully crafted violin is in almost perfect condition. The tone is full, powerful and has tremendous projection.


Walter Barth

Walter Barth

Bad Brambach, 1957.
This beautiful violin was crafted with very striking bird’s-eye maple. The wonderful tone is full, warm and rich. See our listing below for a violin by a violin by his son Werner.


Kurt Gütter

Kurt Gütter

1927. This beautiful violin represents Gütter's best work. It is in exceptional condition and has a wonderful tone.


Ernst Heinrich Roth

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Markneukirchen, 1921. Ruggieri model


Nicolas Duchene

Nicolas Duchene

Mirecourt, mid 19th Century.


Haide Lin

Haide Lin

Berkeley, 1986


Ernst Heinrich Roth

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Bubenreuth, 2003. One of the best known names in the violin world is that of Ernst Heinrich Roth. Beginning in the early 1920's, this workshop produced some of the best workshop violins to be found. Today, they maintain two workshops in Markneukirchen and Bubenreuth. With only five makers, they concentrate on high quality instruments. Jay Ifshin purchased this beautiful violin directly from Ernst Heinrich Roth IV.


Augustine Claudot

Augustine Claudot


Gustave Henning

Gustave Henning

Denver, 1924, #316. Born in Sweden, Hennig worked in Miami, Denver (1920-1928) and Seattle. His work is highly respected for workmanship and the quality of his varnish.


Francois Henry Charotte

Francois Henry Charotte

Mirecourt


Joachim Wunderich

Joachim Wunderich

Markneukirchen 1955


Ernst Heinrich Roth

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Markneukirchen, 1927. Reproduction of Joseph Guarnerius 1732.


John Albert

John Albert

Philadelphia, circa 1890. The firm of C.F.Albert was the premier violin shop in Philadelphia from around 1850 to 1930. This violin has a wonderful warm tone that is very responsive and easy to play. Excellent condition.


Ernst Otto Martin

Ernst Otto Martin

Markneukirchen, 1957.


Paulus Horvath

Paulus Horvath

Budapest. Horvath is an interesting young maker who has had success in various international competitions. This violin has a brilliant, responsive tone.


John Friedrich & Bro.

John Friedrich & Bro.

1914


J.N.Aschow

J.N.Aschow

Oakland, 1914


Ch. J.B. Collin-Mezin

Ch. J.B. Collin-Mezin

Mirecourt, 1930


Breton

Breton

Mirecourt


Alfred Lanini

Alfred Lanini

San Jose, 1949.


Willi Götz

Willi Götz

Markneukirchen, 1937.


Labeled Duiffoprugger

Labeled Duiffoprugger

old French.


Breton

Breton

Mirecourt


Derazey Label

Derazey Label


Josef Hornsteiner

Josef Hornsteiner

Mittenwald, 1799.


A. Foster

Sheffield, 1934.


Cynthia Davis

Cynthia Davis

Salt Lake City, 1987


Robert Knisch

Robert Knisch

Vienna, 1927.


Ernst Heinrich Roth

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Markneukirchen, Amati Model


Heinrich Gill

Heinrich Gill

Model 66, Bubenreuth, 2008


Lippold Hammig

Lippold Hammig

Markneukirchen


Ch J.B. Collin Mezin

1947 


Ch J.B. Collin Mezin

Ch J.B. Collin Mezin

1947 


Peter Paul Prier & Sons

Salt Lake City, 2006


“Primiata Liuteria Italiana”

“Primiata Liuteria Italiana”

Cremona, 2014. This beautifully made violin represents an exceptional value in a handcrafted Italian violin.


Klaus Heffler

Klaus Heffler

Forcheim, 2012. Model 703


Jay Haide, á l'ancienne

Jay Haide, á l'ancienne

Jay Haide, à l'ancienne. Our latest reproduction in the à l'ancienne series is of a Tomasso Balestrieri from the Ifshin collection. These instruments are enjoyed by advanced students and have recently become possible as a nice sounding alternative for professional players that do not want to travel with more expensive instruments.

New! We have an exciting addition to the à l'ancienne collection. This is our "Special Model" made with aged European wood.

(Click here for further information on our Jay Haide instruments.)


Stradivarius Label

Germany.


Paolo Floriani

Paolo Floriani

El Cerrito, 2011


Heinrich Eichheimer

Berlin, 1896


Heinrich Gill

Heinrich Gill

Bubenreuth, model 58
The Gill instruments have become famous all over the world and are made entirely in Germany. We have been offering these popular instruments for many years.


Klaus Heffler

Klaus Heffler

Forcheim, model 600


Kremona

Kremona

Bulgaria, model VP1.
The Kremona workshop has been in operation in Bulgaria since 1922. These instruments have been popular with our customers in recent years. We feel that they are among the best and most affordable violins available from Eastern Europe.


Heinrich Gill

Heinrich Gill

Bubenreuth, model 54.


Alois Sandner

Alois Sandner

Model 8130, Bubenreuth


Jay Haide

Jay Haide

The popular Jay Haide 104 model is an excellent choice for an intermediate to advanced student.


Klaus Heffler

Forcheim, model 500.


Kremona

Bulgaria, model VP3.


Jay Haide

Jay Haide

Jay Haide, Model 101. This fully handmade instrument is an excellent choice for a promising player on a budget.

(Click here for further information on our Jay Haide instruments.)


Kremona

Kremona

Bulgaria, model VP4


Alois Sandner

Alois Sandner

Model #8121.
For the past 25 years, we have been offering the Alois Sandner instruments from Bubenreuth Germany and have always been delighted with the quality.


Alois Sandner

Alois Sandner

"Alosa" model #8120.
The Alosa from Alois Sandner is the best value we have ever found in a well made European violin.


Roderich Paesold

Germany 1980


Borceto

Borceto

The Borceto is our most affordable violin. Hand made in our workshop and set up here in El Cerrito, this violin offers a wonderful value for the beginning violinist.


Violin Bows

We also have a fine selection of violin bows by such makers as: Victor Fetique, Emile Ouchard, W. E. Hill & Sons, Cuniot-Hury, Roger Gerome, Vidoudez, Morizot, Marcel Lapierre, Albert Nurnberger, G.A., H.R. and F.C. Pfretzschner, F. Daugin, Morgan Andersen and many more. Please see our Fine Bow page for a full listing.

Of course, our collection of fine violins is always changing. We strongly recommend that you call before you come in, to see what instruments are available for you to try.