We have a wide variety of instruments available for sale in our showroom. Every instrument has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our instruments, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right instrument for your playing style and aspirations.

Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the instrument unless indicated.

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  • Cellos under $10,000

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    We have a wide variety of cellos available for sale in our showroom. Every cello has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our cellos, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right cello for your playing style and aspirations. Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the cello unless indicated.
  • Fine Cellos

    Fine Cellos (5)

    We have a wide variety of cellos available for sale in our showroom. Every cello has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our cellos, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right cello for your playing style and aspirations. Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the cello unless indicated.
  • Fine Violins

    Fine Violins (7)

    We have a wide variety of violins available for sale in our showroom. Every violin has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our instruments, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right violin for your playing style and aspirations. Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the violin unless indicated.
  • Small violins

    Small violins (4)

    We have a wide variety of violins available for sale in our showroom. Every violin has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our instruments, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right violin for your playing style and aspirations. Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the violin unless indicated.
  • Violas

    Violas (9)

    We have a wide variety of violas available for sale in our showroom. Every viiola has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our violas, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right viola for your playing style and aspirations. Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the viola unless indicated.
  • Violins under $10,000

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    We have a wide variety of violins available for sale in our showroom. Every violin has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our instruments, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right violin for your playing style and aspirations. Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the violin unless indicated.
  • S437 Gaetano Gadda, Mantua, Italy, 1940

    Gaetano Gadda, one of Italy’s most prolific and important twentieth century violin makers, was the the heir and only true pupil of Stefano Scarampella. In 1940 when this violin was made, Scarampella still exerted a huge influence on Gadda’s work, despite his death 15 years before. This can be seen in the full but elegant arching, the beautifully cut ‘f’ holes with their tapering wings, the roundness and warmth of the edges and corners, and the vigour of the scroll. The tone is brilliant and projecting, with a silvery sheen and a resonant richness on the E string. It is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity by Jacques Français.

    Start sale price: P.O.A.

    Measurements:
    Back length: 354.0mm
    UB: 165.5mm
    MB: 112.0mm
    LB: 205.0mm
    Stop length: 193.0mm

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    “Paganini” ¾ violin, China, with bow and case

    $ 995.00

    The Paganini C500 series violins are fully hand-carved, using well-seasoned maple and spruce. Ebony pegs and fingerboard, and our own professional-fitted bridge and soundpost, along with Thomastik Vision strings, a carbonfibre adjuster tailpiece, a quality Brazilwood bow and an attractive and strong half-moon case, make this responsive instrument an excellent choice for students in the lower grades. The Vision strings give this violin a silvery quality.

    Start sale price: $995.00

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    S483 Scott Cao ¾ violin, SCV30, USA/China, 2014, with case and bow

    $ 1,100.00

    Violin maker Scott Cao has created a multi-layered violin manufacturing business, which produces instruments ranging from his own hand-crafted master violins down to competent and very playable student instruments produced in his Guangzhou factory in China. This violin is a good example of a now-discontinued model made in Guangzhou, with a very attractive, lightly antiqued varnish, and a clear, sweet, resonant sound. It comes with a reasonable bow and case.

    Start sale price: $1,100.00

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    C458 Paganini Model C1000, China, early twenty first century

    $ 1,100.00

    Following on from our highly popular Paganini C500 violin outfits, we are delighted to offer the next step up, the C1000 series. This violin has all the advantages of the C500: hand-carved from well-seasoned tonewoods, with ebony pegs and fingerboards and our full professional set-up, including Violino strings and a carbon fibre adjuster tailpiece. The back is of handsomely-flamed maple, and the tone is smooth and resonant. A Brazilwood bow and an attractive and strong halfmoon case complete the outfit. The Paganini C1000, like the C500, represents excellent value for money.

    Start sale price: $1,100.00

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    S324 3/4 violin “Stradivarius” copy, Czechoslovakia, early-mid-twentieth century

    $ 1,300.00

    Even though this instrument was made in the amalgamated Czechoslovakia, some time after World War One, this ¾ violin is made in the French “Mirecourt” Stradivari style, with an even red-brown varnish and crisply carved edges. The maple back has an attractive, quilted flame. The tone is clear and sweet.

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    S463 Unlabelled, handmade Chinese violin, early twenty first century

    $ 1,800.00

    This handmade Chinese violin is typical of the better-quality student instruments being produced in smaller workshops throughout China these days. The Chinese maple back is very attractively flamed, and the purfling and edge work is nearly and skilfully executed. Although the proportions are standard for a Guarneri model, the violin has an elegance about it which gives it a feminine air. The tone is even and without any hint of harshness.

     

    Start sale price: $1,800.00

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    S358 Labelled: “Jacobus Stainer”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century

    $ 1,950.00

    Unlike many “trade” copies of Jacob Stainer’s work, this violin avoids the excesses in arching height, and the plateau-like profiles we so commonly see. A narrow waist, small, fairly elegant ‘f’ holes and a rounded arching give this violin a clear, smooth, sweet tone which, being slightly on the small side, will encourage more reticent students to play into the string and explore the violin’s potential without being intimidated by too much volume or brightness.

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    S217, “Antonio Strings” ¼ size violin “ASLH” with case and “Gill” bow

    $ 1,975.00

    This attractive and well-made violin was made in the Chinese workshops of Ling Hua Zhen, winner of the 2004 and 2008 Violin Society of America competition. Ling Hua’s excellent understanding of violin making can be seen in both construction and wood selection. The varnish is an appealing golden brown colour. The violin is accompanied by a good case and a German “Gill” bow, and would suit a talented six to seven year old player.

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    C412 Conrad Götz  15 1/4″ viola model VI10, Bubenreuth, Germany, 1975, with bow and case

    $ 2,200.00

    Conrad Götz Jr. founded his manufacturing workshop in a small town near Markneukirchen in Saxony in 1884, initially making strings, pegs and rosin. The company prospered, and by WWII it had diversified into a wide range of musical instruments. Confiscation of the Götz property by the communist East German government after the war saw them relocate to Bubenreth, in West Germany, where this viola was made. After the reunification of Germany, their old premises near Markneukirchen were returned to them, where they now focus on bowed stringed instruments, bows, and their accessories. This small-sized viola has been fully re-set up in our workshops and fitted with Kaplan stings. Comes with bow and case.

    Start sale price: $2,200.00

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    C453 Labelled “Stradivarius”, Western Germany, mid-late twentieth century

    $ 2,500.00

    This nicely finished 16 ½ inch viola was made in or near Bubenreuth after the partition of Germany following WWII. It is typical of middle-grade instruments of that period, with a pleasant, spirit-based varnish, lightly flamed maple back, ribs, neck and head, and ebony fittings. Its broad proportions and full body length ensure plenty of depth and projection in the lower registersoverall the tone is clear, resonant and rounded. 

    Start sale price: $2,500.00 

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    S378 Unlabelled, handmade, Chinese, early twenty first century

    $ 2,700.00

    Despite the absence of a label, this violin is readily identifiable as a fairly faithful copy of the “Paganini Il Cannone” violin of 1742 by Guarneri del Gesu, from the long, slender, Brescian-style ‘f’ holes to the chunky scroll with its tightly carved volutes. The varnish, though attractively antiqued, is more generic, with a warm, golden orange-red colour layer and wiped edges. The maple back is in one piece, with an appealing, narrow flame. The tone is even across all four strings, and clear and strong in higher positions as well as in lower registers.

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    S368 Violin labelled “Giovanni Paolo Maggini”, Czechoslovakia, mid-late twentieth century

    $ 2,750.00

    This is a very appealing-looking violin, with a slender waist and none of the beamy heaviness often associated with manufactured Maggini copies. The doubled purfling, extra turn of the scroll, elongated Brescian-style ‘f’ holes and long C bouts are all in keeping with this model. The attractive, one-piece back is enhanced by an amber-coloured varnish. The tone is clear, open and even.

     

    Start sale price: $2750.00

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    S413 Violin labelled Mathias Thir Germany mid nineteenth century

    $ 2,800.00

    While the label in this violin is a little more adventurous than some, this instrument is fairly typical of the myriads of “Stainer” copy violins produced over many years by the large violin workshops of the Markneukirchen area of Germany, with their squared arching and antiqued varnish. This is rather a pretty example, with elegantly over-stated Amatese ‘f’ holes, a little reminiscent of viola da gamba soundholes. The tone on the higher strings is clear, silvery and bell-like, while the lower register has a throaty, “reedy” character.

    Start Sale price: $2,800.00

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    S321 Labelled “Michele Deconet… 2005” China, early twenty-first century

    $ 2,900.00

    This is a very attractive-looking violin, with a golden orange-brown, lightly-antiqued varnish that enhances the appearance of the wood below. Michele Deconet was an eighteenth century Venetian maker of French birth, whose output was prolific but quite variable in style. Some small attempts have been made here to imitate the detail of his work, most notably in the narrow, tapering lower wings of the ‘f’ holes, though the upper wings are decidedly Stradivarian. The tone is clear and resonant, and particularly pleasing on the D and A strings.

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    S491 “D. Soriot”, Mirecourt, France, early twentieth century

    $ 3,000.00

    Violas labelled “D. Soriot” were part of a superior range of instruments made in the Laberte workshops in Mirecourt from the late nineteenth century onwards. This is a relatively late example and probably dates from the 1920’s. The red-brown varnish typical of Mirecourt production is here shaded slightly to simulate handling wear, giving a more lively appearance than usual. The tone is resonant and even across all four strings, with a strong bass register, given the relatively small size of this viola. At just over 15 ½”, it will suit a younger player moving into their first serious instrument.

    Start sale price: $3,000.00

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    S142 Carl Sandner “Stradivarius”copy violin, model “Rex”, Mittenwald, Germany

    $ 3,500.00

    Carl Sandner was a good violin maker in his own right, but most of the instruments with this label are from the large violin manufacturing workshop he established in Mittenwald, in the Bavarian Alps. This is one of the workshop’s better models, hand-finished with a soft, amber-coloured spirit varnish, and with a well-selected, one-piece maple back. The tone is clear and resonant.

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