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.

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    S454 Violin, Ian Sweetman, Hamilton, New Zealand, 1993

    $ 10,000.00

    Ian Sweetman was one of New Zealand’s most skilled and respected violin makers. After spending some months in the New York workshops of Jacques Français in the late 1960’s, under the tutelage of René Morel, he was able to bring back a wealth of information to New Zealand on both violin making and restoration. This violin was made twenty-five years later, when Ian was in his early 70’s. The tone, as with all of Ian’s violins, is resonant and even, with good projection, and in this instance has an extra quality of brilliance that makes it suitable for solo performance.

    Start sale price: $10,000.00

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  • B955 “Officina Claudio Monteverde” oversigned “Gio Maria Ceruti”, Cremona 1923

    $ 12,000.00

    The Cremona workshop “Officina Claudio Monteverde” was established by Aristide Cavalli in 1880. “Gio Maria Ceruti” denoted one of their models rather than having any attachment to the famous family of violin makers by that name. The instrument is handmade however, with some attention to detail, though lacking the rather exaggerated delicacy of the “Aristide Cavalli” model. The tone is rich and warm in the lower strings, with a clear, open E string.

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    S440 Violin Adrian Studer, Nelson, New Zealand 2006

    $ 13,000.00

    Adrian Studer trained at the Swiss Violin Making School in Brienz and moved to New Zealand in the mid-1980’s, where he rapidly established himself as one of New Zealand’s finest violin makers. Most of his violins since the mid-1990’s have been based on the work of Storioni, but this instrument, made in 2006, follows the style of Guarneri del Gesu. The tone is rich and robust on the lower strings, with a silvery quality in the upper registers.

    Start sale price: $13,000.00

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    S412 Josef Oskar Nobitschek violin, Innsbruck, Austria, 1923

    $ 13,000.00

    Josef Oskar Nobitschek trained with his father, also called Josef, in what is now the Czech Republic. He then worked for a time in Berlin before establishing his own workshop in Innsbruck, Austria, where he was joined by his brother Bruno. This violin, while acknowledging the work of Guarneri del Gesu, has its own distinctive character. Strong edges and corners are offset by a rounded outline and a slightly full but well-blended arching. An attractive, oil-based, red-gold varnish has aged naturally. The tone is big and bold, and—like the modelling—full of character.

    Start sale price: $13,000.00

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    S415 Violin by Tobias Widemann, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2008

    $ 13,500.00

    Tobias Widemann graduated from the Mittenwald School for Violinmaking shortly before moving to New Zealand. He has established his own workshop in Christchurch after working for Antonio Strings. His primary focus these days is on new-making though he also does some setting-up work on older instruments. While studying in Europe, he was able to examine first-hand the work of the great Italian violin makers, becoming particularly fond of the violins of Guarneri del Gesu, of which this instrument is a fine copy. The tone is resonant, colourful and even, the wood is handsome without being garish, and the red-gold varnish, applied in the Mittenwald style, is very attractive.

    Start sale price: $13,500.00

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    S430 Gavin Macalister violin, London, 1989

    $ 15,000.00

    Gavin Macalister trained at the Newark School of Violin Making before working for Dietrich Kessler at the London workshop of Edward Withers, in Wardow St. This handsome violin is an excellent example of his work during this period. The model is a personal interpretation of the Stradivari style, cleanly and elegantly executed. The tone is resonant and characterful, with good projection in the upper registers. The violin would suit an advanced student or emerging professional player.

    Start sale price: $15,000.00

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    S471 Violin by Charles Jean-Baptiste Collin-Mézin père, Paris, 1896

    $ 20,000.00

    Born in 1841 in Mirecourt, Charles Jean-Baptist Collin-Mézin studied in Brussels with Nicolas-François Vuillaume, younger brother of the famous Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, before setting up his own workshop in Paris in 1867. Over the next three decades he won a series of prizes and established a reputation for broadly-arched Stradivari and Guarneri-modelled violins with a strong, clear, projecting tone. Later violins became more commercial, but this instrument is a good example of his earlier work, with a vividly-flamed back and a typical, dragon’s-blood varnish which has faded to a golden orange-brown over time.

    Start sale price: $20,000.00

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  • S302 Richard Duke I violin, London, mid-late eighteenth century

    $ 23,975.00

    The older Richard Duke was one of England’s most prominent and influential eighteenth century violin makers, establishing workshops in such descriptively-named locations as “Lamb’s Conduit Passage”, “Red Lyon Street near Graye’s Inn Passage” and “Great Turnstile”. This instrument, with its well-rounded arching, is a good example of his Stainer model which, along with his Amati models, made up the bulk of his output. The tone is strong and clear, retaining its quality in the higher octaves on all four strings, and making it an excellent choice for advanced students and emerging professionals.

    Start sale price: $23,975.00

    Measurements:

    Back length: 355.0mm
    UB: 167.0mm
    MB: 113.5mm
    LB:  207.0mm
    Stop length: 192.5mm

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