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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  • S236, 4/4 Violin, “Huai Li Ming”, Auckland, NZ, 1996

    $ 10,000.00

     

    Huai Li Ming came to New Zealand in the early 1990’s, working first for Noel Sweetman before joining the Stringed Instrument Company workshop for two years. This violin was made not long after he established his own workshop, and is typical of his instruments from this period. The violin has an immediate, almost explosive response – playing it is rather like riding a pedigree race horse and can promise an exhilarating experience for those wanting a dynamic, exciting sound. Not for the faint-hearted.

     

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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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    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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    S416 probably Charles John Wilkinson violin, London, early-mid twentieth century

    $ 22,000.00

    Although this violin lacks a label, its provenance indicates a strong likelihood that it was made by the London violinmaker Charles John Wilkinson, whose instruments this violin closely resembles. Charles John Wilkinson made instruments for G Withers and later for J and A Beare, following the work of Cremonese, Milanese and Turinese originals. His personal history is documented well here; The article describes a shy, retiring man who overcame serious injury to gain very considerable skill as a luthier. The wood of the back and ribs is a lovely, soft-textured birds-eye maple, and the honey-brown varnish is pleasantly antiqued. The tone is open and even, with a clear, characterful resonance, and strong projection in the upper registers.

    Start sale price: $22,000.00

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