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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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: $1,100.00
S358 Labelled: “Jacobus Stainer”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 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.
S505 “Szigeti” AS069, Virtuoso Strings, China, 2009$ 2,400.00
This handmade Chinese violin is typical of the better-quality student instruments being manufactured these days throughout China. Virtuoso Strings, who imported the S”zigeti” range, was founded by two professional string players, who were able to source instruments for optimum tone and value for money, and have them properly set up. More recently it has been through our own workshops to further improve its playability. The tone is smooth and warm across all strings, and the violin speaks easily.
Start sale price: $2,400.00
C482 Labelled “Nikolaus Amati”, Germany, early twentieth century$ 2,650.00
Amati-copy violins are much less common than their Stradivari or Guarneri copy cousins, and provide a pleasing contrast in tonal colours, due to their higher, curved arching. This violin has the characteristic clarity and bell-like resonance of this style, along with a sense of power that many Amati models lack. A one-piece maple back has a wide, soft flame and prominent, ebony pins, which add to its visual attraction.
Start sale price: $2,650.00
S378 Unlabelled, handmade, Chinese, early twenty first century$ 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.
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: $2750.00
C461 Labelled “Imitation of Antonius Straduarius”, Dresden, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,850.00
While Dresden is not normally identified as a major violin manufacturing centre, this example is very similar to instruments produced in Saxony during that period. It is nicely made, with an attractive golden brown or red-brown varnish over a yellow underlayer. The outline and model are in the “Stradivari” style, while the ‘f’ holes owe more to the Amati family. The tone is open and clear across all four strings, and speaks freely. The violin is accompanied by a covered, shaped case in reasonably good condition.
Start sale price: $2,850.00
S321 Labelled “Michele Deconet… 2005” China, early twenty-first century$ 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.
C483 “Violon Ecole Grandini – Copie de Joseph Guarnerius…” Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, Mirecourt, France, late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries$ 3,200.00
This long-bodied violin, made in Mirecourt, France in the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries, is a blend of styles owing most influence, perhaps, to the work of Guarneri del Gesu, whose distinctive ‘f’ holes have been replicated here. “Grandini”, though Italian-sounding, is a name coined by the Jerome Thibouville-Lamy workshops, and used here to denote a more rounded arching and outline than one would expect from a standard del Gesu copy. The modelling helps to give this violin a clear, silvery tonal quality which combines surprisingly well with a strong, throaty lower register.
Start sale price: $3,200.00
S142 Carl Sandner “Stradivarius”copy violin, model “Rex”, Mittenwald, Germany$ 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.
S493 Labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, late nineteenth century$ 3,750.00
Many thousands of “Stradivari” copy violins poured out of the instrument making workshops of nineteenth century Germany, but few as attractively made as this one. The one-piece back is particularly appealing, with a sloping, regular flame and a golden orange-brown varnish that has been tastefully antiqued. The sound is a good match for the violin’s appearance, with an open, resonant, warm tone and a characterful upper register. This instrument will suit a student in the middle-to-upper grades, or an amateur player looking for a lifelong companion. It comes with a near-new, oblong, carbon-fibre-style case.
Start sale price: $3,750.00
B831 Jim Forrest, Auckland 2010$ 4,000.00
This by contemporary New Zealand maker Jim Forrest violin has a narrow-waisted elegancy, amber orange oil varnish and a warm sound.
S310 “Peter Madill”, Five-String Violin, Auckland, New Zealand, 1981$ 7,000.00
Five-string violins, especially those custom-made as such, are very rare, and a real delight to play in a non-classical context, once the initial adjustment to having a low C string as well as an E string are made. This violin was made for Cath Newhook, who used it for a number of years in her country band “Gentle Annie”. It has been fitted with a Zeta five-string electric bridge and tailpiece, with a mini-jack plug fitting on the latter. This would be a great fiddle for adventurous explorers of the folk, country, blues or rock soundscapes.
S478 Edward A. Burr violin, Wellington, New Zealand, 1935$ 7,500.00
Edward Burr was New Zealand’s first full-time professional violin maker, establishing his Wellington workshop in 1921, and working until at least 1935, when this, his last recorded violin (#155) was made. During that time, he produced well over 100 violins and six cellos. This violin is typically modelled after the Anglo-French School, with cleanly executed edges and corners, and an evenly-applied, honey-brown oil varnish. The tone is lively and well-balanced, with good clarity and projection in the higher registers of all four strings.
Start sale price: $7,500.00
S435 Violin by Edward Burr, #120, Wellington, New Zealand, 1928$ 7,750.00
Edward Burr began making violins in 1902, and with 40 violins already constructed, turned professional in 1921, setting up his workshop in Wellington. His work is strongly influenced by the Franco-English school, and it is tempting to imagine that he might have worked for a while in London or Paris, though the difficulties of international travel at that period make it more likely that he used a good eye and skilled hands to copy fine examples of that genre. His output, once he was established as a full-time luthier, was prolific, with no compromise in quality. This example has a warm red-brown oil varnish which has worn well. The belly wood is beautifully selected and cut, and the tone is clear, resonant and characterful.
Start sale price: $7750.00
S468 Sam McLean, Wellington, New Zealand, 1962$ 8,000.00
Sam McLean was Wellington’s principal violin maker and repairer in the mid-twentieth century, with a professional workshop in Island Bay. His instruments are relatively rare and his total output unknown, but this instrument shows the work of a luthier who knew his craft and had a clear conception of what he wished to achieve. The model follows Stradivari, though the narrow edge work is closer to the German School. A golden honey-brown varnish has been applied directly to the wood. The tone is remarkable for an instrument of this price, with a bell-like clarity and resonance and a very attractive character.
Start sale price: $8,000.00