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Instruments and bows available

I carry a wide array of instruments and bows for professional, amateur and student players…from full size violins down to 1/8th size as well as all sizes of violas and cellos. Check the individual listings for Violins, Violas, and Cellos in their own sections of my website for a more complete listing

Check individual categories for more detailed descriptions of instruments and bows.

In Stock and for sale:

Children's sizes, from 1/32 size up to full size.

Looking for a 3/4 size violin?

I currently have 36 3/4 size violins available, along with cases and bows!

Full size violins:

Ferdinand Gagliano, made in Naples, Italy. Dated 1753.

Ferdinand Gagliano was the son of Nicolo Gagliano, and the Grandson of Alessandro Gagliano, who was the founder of the Gagliano dynesty of violin makers.  They were the most important violin makers of their time in Naples.  In very good playing condition.  Call for price and availability.

Peresson, Sergio, Haddenfield, New Jersey, 1985.

Sergio Peresson was born in Udine, Northern Italy, in 1913. He died in 1991. 

He worked for William Moennig from 1963 to 1971 in Philadelphia.  He was a prolific maker who counted among his clients Jacqueline DuPré and Rostropovich.  

Included with the violin is the original certificate of authenticity, signed by the maker.

The violin has only had one owner, and is in great condition.

 Stephen Kujawa, who was born in 1921, and died in 2005.  Kujawa started playing violin at age 4. 

The violin was made for him by Peresson in 1985, and he played it until he passed away.  He studied with Victor Aitay, Co-Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony.  He played as first violin for eight seasons with the Messiah Orchestra under Margaret Hillis, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.  In 1987, he played first violin in the First American Congress Orchestra conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin.  The orchestra was based at College Park, Maryland.  Stephen performed solo at Carnegie Hall in 1991, playing his Peresson violin.

Oreste Candi, Bologna, 1930.  Certified violin in great condition.  One owner.  

Archibald S. Hill-. Washington state, ca. 1960.

Archibald S. Hill was born in Ballarat, Australia, started playing violin at age nine, and made his first violin at age 11.  He moved to the US and worked in several violin shops before settling in Yakima, Washington ca. 1960.  He reportedly made 79 instruments.   The violin has a unique stamp on the back with the initials A.S.H.  

The violin was played for many years in various orchestras in Wisconsin before coming in for sale after the passing of the owner who loved it dearly.

Hickerson, Vernon, 1969.

Hickerson, Vernon, 1982.

Melanson, Raymond, Boston- 1986,  Guarneri model.

Raymond Melanson is a long established professional Luthier with a great reputation.  

Montanari, Pio, -Genoa, Italy, 2007 Guarneri model

Frederick Ewald Haenel 1939 in Toronto, Canada. 

Haenel was born in Saxony, Germany.   He started making instruments in 1917.  He stopped making instruments in about 1960.  During his career, he had violin shops in Winnipeg, Toronto, Buffalo, New York, New York City, and Boston.  His instruments were popular in the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Made for The Rudolph Wurlitzer company. Stradivari model.


Rossow, Steve, Saint Paul, Mn. 2012.

Roth, Ernst Heinrich- Markneukirchen, Germany

Monnig, Fritz,  ca. 1920-1930, Markneukirchen, Germany.  Fritz Monnig was born in 1890 in Markneukirchen, and worked in Hamburg, and Berlin before earning his masters degree in 1913.  He is a highly regarded maker.  

Mathias Dahl violin- Minneapoils- 1949, Stradivari model

Mathias Dahl violin- Minneapolis- 1959, Stradivari model

Mathias Dahl violin- Minneapolis- 1966 Guarneri model

Mathias Dahl violin- Minneapolis- 1966 Amati model

Mathias Dahl violin- Minneapolis-1953   Guarneri model, two piece back. Great condition.  This violin was purchased from Mr. Dahl when it was new and was played by the same person for sixty five years.  

Albert Carl Muller violin- Sacramento, Ca. 1980

Meisel, Kurt Lothar, Owatonna, Mn. 2002

Thomas Fawick, Cleveland, Ohio, 1957.  Fawick was a musician, successful industrialist, and inventor, born in 1889.  Passionate about music, he owned the famous "Wilhelmj" Stradivarius violin of 1725, named after the great German virtuoso who previously owned it.

Fawick experimented extensively with violin making, using his Stradivarius as a model, and came up with a plan to produce new violins using carefully chosen treated wood.  The parts were made in the shop of Paul Hilaire in Paris, and sent to workers in Cleveland, Ohio, where they were varnished and set up.  

If you compare the Fawick instruments with the ones from the shop of Hilaire, you can see the same careful workmanship.  

This violin is in great condition, and even has its original sound post.  



A Viola by Benjamin Ruth, Boston, 1997 Maggini Model, 16 5/8" body length.  375 mm (14 3/4") string length.  Beautiful one piece back with matching ribs.  Call for price and availablity.  

Two Mathias Dahl violas- Minneapolis- 1951, and 1967-

     These two violas were built by Dahl on his own model.  The viola he made in 1951 is pictured in the book "Violin and Bow Makers of Minnesota"  a publication of the Schubert Club Museum.

Brian Skarstad viola- New York-

     A viola showing inspiration from the Brescian influence (Giovanni Paolo Maggini, and Gaspar Da Salo). The viola has a beautiful one piece maple back, with matching sides, neck, and scroll.  


15" Violas:

  "Santuro Lucci" West Coast Strings-China- 2003  $1600.00

15 1/2' VIOLAS:

Workshop of Steven Cundall, Texas- "Giorgio Luigi Belloso" 2004 $4200.00

Workshop of Steven Cundall, Texas- "Giorgio Luigi Belloso" 2006 $4580.00 

15 1/2" -16 1/8" Violas-

Alkis Rappas;

Alkis S. Rappas started taking private violin lessons at the age of nine.  He received formal violin training at the Bucharest George Enescu School of Music for three years studying with Mirca Vasilescu, a student of George Enescu and CArl Flesch.  At the age of seventeen, Alkis decided to pursue a career in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, and continued playing violin in community orchestras and for his own enjoyment.  He completed undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the Bucharest, Romania, and the Athens, Greece, Polytechnic Universties.  After receiving a Ph.D. from Yale University in Engineering and Applied Science, he embarked on a successful and highly rewarding career as an R&D engineer and inventor fo the next 40 years.

Alkis started violin making in the early 1980's, inspired by the acoustical research of Carleen Hutchins.  He attended workshops to learn more about Hutchins work with Ed Campbell's Chimneys Violin Workshops in Tucson, AZ, to learn more about the practical applications of acoustics in violin making.  This started a full time parallel violin making career to the one in engineering and R&D.

I 1992, Alkis was invited to learn from Vahakn Nigogosian, "Nigo", who worked at the Wurlitzer along side Simone Sacconi.  Nigo started the Oberlin Violin Restoration Workshop, which had begun a few years earlier.  Nigo taught at Oberlin until his passing in 1997.  The Oberlin workshops continue, with the violin making workshop being under the excellent direction of Christopher Germain.  There, along with now many of the most successful Luthiers of our generation, Alkis has gradually gained information, data, techiques, tools, examination and analysis of classical Italian masterpieces, and research at the highest levels.  

Alkis has learned to appreciate and apply in his own making the key elements of the Italian making traditions, style, character, and tonal qualities.  Being an accomplished player himself enables Alkis to assess the tonal qualities of his own creations.  

Alkis makes violins and violas intended for professional musicians, advanced students and passionate amateur players.  The tonal and artistic qualities of these instruments result from the melding of both traditional Italian violin making methods and principles, and modern day research on the acoustics of violins and violas.  Alkis has been rewarded many awards for his instruments, including silver medals for tone.  His focus now is totally on violin and viola making.

I am pleased and honored to offer a 16 inch viola in my shop, made by Alkis Rappas.  

There is much more to the story of this viola. 

Alkis told me about going to Italy to buy wood from the best wood dealers, and choosing wood with his Italian friend Luca Primon.  He told me about the time it takes to make the varnish and apply it himself.  He told me about drawing the viola himself, with input from other maker friends at Oberlin, using classical proportions and dimensions in the style of the Italian masters.      

Please call for an appointment to try it. 


A fine viola by Edwin Halloran, Chicago.  15 7/8".  Edwin has a knack for making a comfortable to play viola with a great sound.

Scott, William Robert - Viola, 16 3/8".  Made in Minneapolis in 1999.  A fine example of Bill's work. 

Yang, Peter, Wilmette, Illinois, 2006.  15 1/2" 


I have many more 16" violas.  I just haven't listed them.  I will add more as I have time.

Full size violin bows by such makers as, Roger Zabinski, Lee Guthrie, Matthew Wehling, David Forbes, Manoel Francisco, Joseph Halligan, Martin Beilke, Arcos Brasil, Alfred Knoll,  J. P. Gabriel,  Horst John, Marco Raposo, Erich Steiner, Alfred Knoll, and many others.

My inventory of older bows includes bows by many different makers including, Arthur Vigneron, Louis Morizot, Martin Beilke, Silvestre and Maucatel, W.E.Hill &Sons, and many more. 

 Please call for current availability. 

My inventory of new violins usually currently instruments by many different makers. You will find instruments by contemporary American makers such as Chris Germain, Steve Rossow, Lisbeth Nelson Butler, and George Yu of Canada, 

I am currently offering Italian violins-

  Pio Montanari- Guarneri model violin made in Genoa.  This is a new violin and has not been antiqued.  The price is $16.000.00.  Comes with a certificate from the maker.


 William Scott and John Waddle,  Minneapolis and Saint Paul,  in 1995. 

Christopher Dungey,                     Boulder, Colorado in 1996.   

Zumberge, Scott,                           Minneapolis, 1982.  

Mathias Dahl,                                 Minneapolis, 1942.

Paul Hart,                                       Salt Lake City, 1996.

Phillip Soltis,                                 Northfield, Mn.  2014.

Clemente & Weise,                       Bubenreuth, Germany, 2004.

Wenzel Fuchs,                              Germany, 1969

7/8 size cellos;

All of these cellos have smaller dimensions, smaller than full size, but bigger than 3/4 size.  

Paul Hart, Salt Lake City, Utah, made in 1986.  A great cello for someone looking for a slightly smaller cello with a big sound!  Call for price.

A cello by Sebastian Schelle, Nurnberg, Germany, made in 1741.  Well restored.  Reasonably priced.

A cello by Mathias Dahl, Minneapolis, Minnesota, made in 1959.  The cello was made for Elizabeth Close, an architect, who was an avid amateur cellist and was a founding member of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis and was fond of playing chamber music.  

Instruments and bows are available in most price ranges. if you don't see what you are interested in listed, please call or send me a message. I may have what you need.  

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