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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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: $1,100.00
C458 Paganini Model C1000, China, early twenty first century$ 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: $1,100.00
S463 Unlabelled, handmade Chinese violin, early twenty first century$ 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: $1,800.00
S358 Labelled: “Jacobus Stainer”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 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.
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: $2750.00
S413 Violin labelled Mathias Thir Germany mid nineteenth century$ 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: $2,800.00
S321 Labelled “Michele Deconet… 2005” China, early twenty-first century$ 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.
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.
S494 “Franzosische Violine Modell Stradiuarius”, Hermann Dölling Jr., Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 3,500.00
Hermann Dölling Jr returned to his family violin making business in Markneukirchen after working for Gläsel, Liebich and Riehers, and built the workshop into one of the more prestigious manufacturers of bowed stringed instruments in the Vogtland.
“Franzosische” violins were made in the French Mirecourt style, with crisply cut, Stradivarian edges and a red-brown, evenly applied varnish. The tone is clear and bell-like across all four strings.
Start sale price: $3,500.00
B831 Jim Forrest, Auckland 2010$ 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.
S456 Unlabelled violin, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries$ 4,000.00
This strongly-made German violin adopts a broadly arched interpretation of a Guarneri del Gesu model, with the result that it has a rich, characterful lower register and clear, lively upper strings. The boldly flamed maple of the back is in keeping with the broad, rounded edges and forcefully carved ‘f’ holes. While undoubtedly from a large manufacturing workshop, this violin has a surprisingly good sound for its provenance, and would suit a student in the middle grades who is intending to advance.
Start sale price: $4,000.00
S353 Unlabelled, European, probably French, mid-late nineteenth century
With its crisply-cut edges and neatly-mitred rib corners, this violin has the hallmarks of good Mirecourt hand-work, though with a more transparent, golden varnish than one sees on violins from the large manufacturing workshops. The sound is clear, even and characterful, with quality and projection extending into the higher positions. The back and ribs are of well-chosen, handsomely-flamed maple.
S128 Peter Madill, Dunedin, New Zealand 2013
Peter Madill has always been attracted by a particular German interpretation of the Amati School, with tapering ‘f’ hole wings and delicate, narrow edges. This recently-made violin has a sweet tone, provided by the scooped Amatese arching, coupled with evenness and clarity.
S495 Ernst Heinrich Roth, Bubenreuth, Germany, 1995$ 6,400.00
The Roth family workshops in Markneukirchen were originally established by Gustav Robert Roth in 1870, and renamed when his son, the first Ernst Heinrich Roth, took over in 1902. Ernst Heinrich’s son, Gustav Albert, moved the business to Bubenreuth in 1953, following the division of Germany into East and West after WWII, the traditional Vogtland violin making towns having come under communist rule. The family dynasty continues under Ernst Heinrich Roth III and his son Wilhelm. While the instruments have a more manufactured appearance than the pre-WWII, oil-varnished examples, they are still very well-made with carefully-selected wood. The tone is open and brilliant across all four strings.
Start sale price: $6,400.00
S485 James Hewitt, Auckland, New Zealand, 1927$ 6,500.00
James Hewitt was trained as a violin maker by his uncle W.J. Bowman, one of New Zealand’s earliest-known luthiers, and then moved to Auckland, where he spent most of his professional career.
This Guarneri-model violin is typical of his work, with its broadly worked edges and relatively flat arching. The back shows off his red-gold oil varnish well, while the belly has worn and faded to an attractive amber colour. The tone is warm, with an appealing woody character. The violin comes with an as-new, Bobelock, shaped, fibreglass case.
Start sale price: $6,500.00