We have a wide variety of instruments available for sale in our showroom. Every instrument 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 instrument for your playing style and aspirations.

Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the instrument unless indicated.

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  • Cellos under $10,000

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    We have a wide variety of cellos available for sale in our showroom. Every cello has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our cellos, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right cello for your playing style and aspirations. Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the cello unless indicated.
  • Fine Cellos

    Fine Cellos (2)

    We have a wide variety of cellos available for sale in our showroom. Every cello has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our cellos, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right cello for your playing style and aspirations. Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the cello unless indicated.
  • Fine Violins

    Fine Violins (5)

    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.
  • Small violins

    Small violins (6)

    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.
  • Violas

    Violas (8)

    We have a wide variety of violas available for sale in our showroom. Every viiola has been restored and set up to the best possible playing standard. We encourage you to come and try our violas, and you can take items away on appraisal to ensure you find the right viola for your playing style and aspirations. Please note that bows and cases are NOT included with the viola unless indicated.
  • Violins under $10,000

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    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.
  • S437 Gaetano Gadda, Mantua, Italy, 1940

    Gaetano Gadda, one of Italy’s most prolific and important twentieth century violin makers, was the the heir and only true pupil of Stefano Scarampella. In 1940 when this violin was made, Scarampella still exerted a huge influence on Gadda’s work, despite his death 15 years before. This can be seen in the full but elegant arching, the beautifully cut ‘f’ holes with their tapering wings, the roundness and warmth of the edges and corners, and the vigour of the scroll. The tone is brilliant and projecting, with a silvery sheen and a resonant richness on the E string. It is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity by Jacques Français.

    Start sale price: P.O.A.

    Measurements:
    Back length: 354.0mm
    UB: 165.5mm
    MB: 112.0mm
    LB: 205.0mm
    Stop length: 193.0mm

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    C529 1/2 Sized “ASIO” violin outfit, China 2013

    $ 1,395.00

    This nicely made Chinese half-sized violin was made for Antonio Strings, and marketed under their own trade name.  The spirit-based varnish is an attractive, red-gold colour, and the violin has ebony fittings, a full professional set-up and ‘Pirastro” Violino strings.  The tone is clear and resonant, and the instrument comes with a Henrich Gill bow and a Bobelock shaped case.

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    C524 “Scott Cao” SCV35, 1/4 size, China

    $ 1,450.00

    International luthier Scott Cao has established workshops in China staffed by trained violin makers to produce his student-grade violins alongside his higher-priced handmade instruments. The SCV35 range features ebony pegs, fingerboards and chinrests, with this violin receiving further setting up work in our own workshop to maximise tone and ease of playing. Pirastro Violino strings enhance a surprisingly clear and remarkably resonant sound for such a small instrument. The violin comes with a good-quality bow and a lightweight, oblong case.

    Start sale price: $1,450.00

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    S522 1/2 size labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century

    $ 1,500.00

    Small violins that sound well are increasingly popular with young students who have already been studying violin for several years and made good progress. This example is based on an old Italian model but with strong characteristics of Saxon making from the Klingenthal/Markneukirchen workshops of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The violin is easy to play and makes a clear, resonant sound.

    Start sale price: $1,500.00

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    C500 3/4 “Scott Cao” model SCV35E, California, China

    $ 1,650.00

    The Scott Cao workshops are internationally recognised for producing very well-finished student instruments that sound clear and resonant. This model, SCV35E has ebony fittings, good-quality European strings, a strong bow and a nicely-finished oblong case. The violin has been professionally set up in our own workshops to achieve maximum playability.

    Start sale price: $1,650.00

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    S547 1/2 sized “Rudolf Doestsch – violin House of Weaver No 4992”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century

    $ 1,750.00

    In the early-mid twentieth century, the Rudolf Doestsch workshops which supplied customized instruments to several large US music shops were based in Germany, though these have now been relocated to Asia.  This half-sized violin is a good example of their earlier production, with well chosen wood, an attractive gold brown varnish, and clean workmanship in the style of Stradivari.  The tone is open and resonant across all four strings, and will suit a student in the middle to upper grades.  The violin is accompanied by a good quality “Dörfler” bow and an as-new 3/4 sized “Bobelock” shaped case.

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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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    S512 “Ezabel” 1/2, China/Belgium, 2019

    $ 2,000.00

    “Ezabel” violins are made in China for Roland Eeckelaard, a Belgian luthier based in Antwerp, who then sets them up and sells them under his own label. Some are made with Chinese wood, and some with European wood. This example uses a mix—European spruce and maple for the body, and Chinese maple for the neck and head. The tone is very good for a half-sized violin, with clarity and resonance on all four strings. It comes with an oblong case, and a reasonable Chinese bow.

    Start sale price: $2,000.00

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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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    S491 “D. Soriot”, Mirecourt, France, early twentieth century

    $ 3,000.00

    Violas labelled “D. Soriot” were part of a superior range of instruments made in the Laberte workshops in Mirecourt from the late nineteenth century onwards. This is a relatively late example and probably dates from the 1920’s. The red-brown varnish typical of Mirecourt production is here shaded slightly to simulate handling wear, giving a more lively appearance than usual. The tone is resonant and even across all four strings, with a strong bass register, given the relatively small size of this viola. At just over 15 ½”, it will suit a younger player moving into their first serious instrument.

    Start sale price: $3,000.00

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    C534 Labelled “Vuillaume” Germany, late 19th or early 20th century

    $ 3,200.00

    Jean Baptiste Vuillaume was arguably the greatest of the nineteenth century French violin makers, owner of the “Messiah” Stradivarius violin, and a master copyist. It is a pleasant irony that he, in turn, was copied particularly by the French manufacturing workshops in Mirecourt and also by the Markneukirchen area in Germany, where this violin was made.  The arching follows the broad “Stradavari” model that Vuillaume popularized.  The time is warm and clear over all four strings, with a strong lower register.  The back has a particularly attractive flame pattern enhanced by a red-gold varnish.

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    C525 labelled: “Byron E. Beebe, Muskegon, Mich. 1910”, France, early twentieth century

    $ 3,900.00

    Byron Beebe was an early twentieth century US maker based on Michigan, who is credited with up to 300 instruments.  Some of them, including this example, appear to have been imported from Europe, and finished and labelled by Beebe, rather than being his own work.  Although the violin makers’ dictionaries give Germany as the likely source, the varnish, edge work, modelling and construction methods used on this instrument point to a French origin.  The tone is warm, clear and characterful across all registers, with an attractive throatiness on the middle strings.

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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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    B912 3/4 size, Chinese, handmade, with hard case

    $ 4,000.00

    This small sized cello is a good example of the better quality student instruments currently made in China. The wood of both back and belly is well selected and the fingerboard is of ebony. Comes with case.

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    S510 William Zettwitz #28, New Zealand, 1916

    $ 4,000.00

    William Zettwitz began his violin-making career in Liverpool, UK, and emigrated to New Zealand before re-establishing himself in London. His violins are loosely based on the broad, long-bodied instruments of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century Brescian School. The wide upper and lower bouts give this violin a distinctively dark, viola-like timbre, enhanced by the choice of cedar for the belly instead of the traditional spruce.

    Start sale price: $4,000.00

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