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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C447 “Paganini” C 500 violin, China$ 995.00
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, an 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: $995.00
S463 Unlabelled, handmade Chinese violin, early twenty first century$ 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: $1,800.00
S438 “Eberhard Meinel” violin, Markneukirchen, Germany, mid-late twentieth century.$ 1,900.00
The creation of two separate Germanys, one under Communist rule, saw a major exodus of violin making workshops from the now-Eastern German town of Markneukirchen, a traditional centre for German lutherie. Not all workshops departed, however—that of Eberhard Meinel remained and produced many student grade instruments over the following decades. This example has been well-cared for and produces a warm, even tone. Nicely selected wood, ebony fittings and a full professional set up make this violin very suitable for a young player graduating to their first full-sized instrument.
Start sale price: $1,900.00
S358 Labelled: “Jacobus Stainer”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 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.
C448 Unlabelled German violin, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,200.00
This is an attractive-looking violin, with elegantly curved C bouts and a narrow waist, offset by characterful ‘f’ holes which borrow both from Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu. The varnish is a warm amber colour, and the tone is straightforward, speaking easily and evenly across all four strings.
Start sale price: $2,200.00
S419 violin labelled “Joseph Kriner”, Germany, late nineteenth century$ 2,600.00
The Kriners were a relatively large family of Mittenwald violin makers, several of whom were called Joseph. This violin, however, while sporting an elegant, Mittenwald-style label, owes very little to the Southern German violin making tradition, let alone the Klotz family, whom the Kriners were very much influenced by. This instrument, though broadly and strongly modelled, is not without visual charm. The tone is woody and characterful.
Start sale price: 2,600.00
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: $2750.00
S413 Violin labelled Mathias Thir Germany mid nineteenth century$ 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.
S431 Adam Houtman violin, Wellington, New Zealand, 1988$ 3,200.00
Adam Houtman is a Dutch-New Zealand amateur maker, who produced a number of instruments in the late twentieth and early twenty first century. The wood is generally well-chosen—the back plate on this instrument has a very handsome flame—and the broad-grained belly is cut exactly on the quarter to maximise arching strength. While the edge work is a little bulky, the ‘f’ holes are characterful and have been carved with a sure hand. The tone is pleasing, with an evenness of character throughout.
Start sale price: $3,200.00
S462 Unlabelled German violin, early twentieth century$ 3,200.00
This handsome, German-manufactured violin lacks a label but will have been made in or near Markneukirchen, the principal violin-making town near the eastern border of Germany in the early twentieth century. Details of the corner mitres, edges and purfling show especial care, and the varnish is an attractive golden brown, shaded and antiqued to simulate age. The tone is clear and resonant, and would suit a player in the middle grades who is looking for an assertive tone.
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.
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.