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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    “Paganini” violin, China, with bow and case

    $ 1,150.00

    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 Pirastro “Violino” 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.

    Start sale price: $1,150.00

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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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    S507 Unlabelled European, probably French, late nineteenth or early twentieth century

    $ 2,600.00

    This attractive violin was either made in Mirecourt, the traditional French violin-making town in the Vosges, or modelled closely after the French style in a large workshop in North East Germany. The varnish is a golden amber colour, evenly applied and with little wear. A handsomely-flamed maple has been used for the back, and the edge work and corners are crisply and skillfully carved. The tone is clear and speaks easily over all four strings.

    Start sale price: $2,600.00

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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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.

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    S500 Unlabelled, German, mid-late nineteenth century

    $ 5,750.00

    This characterful European nineteenth century violin is slender-waisted, with an attractive, narrowly-flamed maple back. Details of the construction indicate it was made in Germany, probably in the Markneukirchen area, but in a smaller, more individualistic workshop. The tone is clear and silvery, with good response in the higher octaves, and strength and warmth in the lower registers.

    Start sale price: $5,750.00

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    S434 Workshop of Peter Wamsley, London, 1750

    $ 8,000.00

    Both its physical appearance and the date on its label indicate that this charming violin was made in Peter Wamsley’s workshop six years after Wamsley’s death, a period when his son and his pupil Thomas Smith were continuing his business, using their master’s labels. The varnish is typical of English instruments of the time which were constructed for less wealthy clients, as is the choice of wood. Despite the fullness of the arching, the tone is clear, resonant and forthcoming, with plenty of warmth and character.

    Start sale price: $8,000.00

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    S490 Dean Chandler with Ian Sweetman, Hamilton, New Zealand, 1996

    $ 8,500.00

    Ian Sweetman helped several well-known New Zealand violin makers in the early stages of their careers, as well as passing on knowledge to his own family members. One of his grandsons, Dean Chandler, spent time in Ian’s workshop in the mid-1990’s, making this violin and other instruments under Ian’s supervision. The workmanship is not as polished as Ian’s but the tone is lovely, with a particularly characterful warmth on the middle strings, and good clarity and resonance over the whole range.

    Start sale price: $8,500.00

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    S502 Anthony Elmsly, Basel, Switzerland, 2006

    $ 8,800.00

    Anthony Elmsly is one of New Zealand’s foremost viola makers, so it is a rare privilege to be able to offer one of his violins, made in Switzerland before he returned to his native New Zealand. The violin is strongly modelled, using a mixture of Stradivari and Guarneri styles. The tone is equally bold—clear, resonant and punchy across all registers—and the varnish, in a darker version of Elmsly’s characteristic brown-red, enhances the scraped finish and well-chosen wood selection.

    Start sale price: $8,800.00

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    S371 “Officina Claudio Monteverde” (oversigned “A Cavalli”) violin, Cremona, 1923

    $ 9,000.00

    The Cremona workshop which produced the “Officina Claudio Monteverde” violins was founded by Aristide Cavalli in 1880, and employed a small group of highly skilled violin makers. This example shows the characteristic, deeply cut lower wings and sharply delineated, hollowed edges shared by most violins from this workshop, particularly those oversigned by Aristide Cavalli himself. The tone is rich, brilliant and even, with a bell-like clarity on the E string. The delicacy of the flamed maple is offset by the robust red-brown of the varnish.

    Start sale price: $9000.00

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