Specialists in the violin family of instruments

16 Charles Street, Mt Eden
Auckland 1024, New Zealand
Ph. (09)630 8421
Fax (09)630 8426

Showroom & Workshop hours:
8:30am-5pm Weekdays
9:30am-1pm Saturday

  • Summer Holiday Closing


    The Stringed Instrument Company will be closed from 1pm on
    Friday 22nd December
    and will reopen on
    Tuesday 16th January
    at 8:30am
    Have a save and happy Festive season

The Running Viola

December 19, 2017
in News

It’s not every day that someone breaks the Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon run by someone dressed as a musical instrument.













Later this year, in the Birmingham International Marathon, the same runner, Alistair Rutherford, became the fastest full marathon runner dressed as a musical instrument, his time of 3 hours, 20 minutes and 33 seconds beating the previous record, set by a human cowbell, by a breath-taking 54 minutes.

Alistair’s outfit was made from lightweight Plastazote foam and came complete with a striking headpiece that mimics the shape of the viola’s neck and pegbox.

Alistair, a performance student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, was raising funds for ARCO, a joint UK-South African project which delivers weekly Skype lessons to young musicians in South Africa.

As well as providing transformative music education activities, Birmingham Conservatoire staff and students – including Alistair – have been acting as role models for vulnerable youngsters living in Soweto, a Johannesburg township deeply affected by poverty and crime.


Student smashes second world record with musical outfit












  • About Us

    Auckland's violin family specialists. We have an excellent showroom of quality instruments, strings, and accessories, and a wide range of violins, violas, cellos, and bows for sale and hire. We also offer expert restoration, repairs, bow rehairs and valuations.
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