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I offer a variety of instruments of different types to all levels of musicians.

I carry a wide variety 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.

In Stock and for sale:

Full size violins;

A violin by Leandro Bisiach- Milan, 1912.

A violin by Leandro Bisiach, Milan, 1912

The violin has a one piece back, matching sides, neck, and scroll.

The top is spruce with fine grain in the center, broadening to medium wide grain toward the flanks.

The varnish is reddish brown, naturally shaded to golden amber.

The violin has been owned by the same family since 1919, and is in excellent condition.  It retains its original signed label.

Photos and certificate of authenticity courtesy of Christopher Reuning.


A violin made by Lothar Meisel, Owatonna, Minnesota, 2002.  Lothar was the last of nine generations of a German violin making family.  This one is in great condition.  Don't confuse Lothar Meisel with the commercially made Meisel violins.  This one was made by Lothar alone and is much better quality.

A violin labelled Aegidius Kloz.  Probably made by a member of the Kloz family.  This is an older violin, and of smaller dimensions, so if that is what you are looking for, check it out!

A violin attributed to Andrea Cortese, 1926.

Seven violins by Mathias Dahl, call for availablity and prices.


A fine violin by Geary Baese;

     Geary Baese is one of the most interesting figures in American violin making today.  He has taught countless masterclasses in violin making and in making varnish.  He wrote the book "Classic Italian Violin Varnish".  This violin was made by Geary in 1993.  Many of the finest Luthiers working now studied at some time with Geary Baese.

Trimboli, Pietro, Bologna, Italy, 1999

Haenel, Frederick, Toronto, Canada, 1939

Melanson, Raymond- Boston, 1986-

This is a great example of Raymond's work.  It is the Guarneri model that Ray has developed after many years.  It has a beautiful one-piece back, and is tastefully antiqued.  Excellent condition.  If you want to get really good at something, you should do it over and over again, and that is what Raymond has done so well, each time trying to make it better.  

Montanari, Pio, Genoa, Italy, 2007-  Guarneri model, two-piece back.  New, mint condition.  I first met Pio at a convention of violin makers in Ithaca New York.  I was impressed by his work, and have stayed in touch for many years.  This would be a very good investment.  

Germain, Christopher, Philadelphia, 2012

Chris Germain is one of the most respected makers of our time.  He has his shop in Philadelphia, Pa..  He has been President of The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.  He has organized the violin making summer classes in Oberlin Ohio for the past several years.  He has won several awards in international competitions.  He has served as a judge in the "Trienalle Antonio Stradivari" competition in Cremona.  

This violin is a great example of Chris's work.  Kreisler Guarneri model, Two-piece back.

Monnig, Fritz,  ca. 1920-1930, Markneukirchen, Germany. 

From the Brompton's Gook of Violin and Bow Makers book-

Monnig, Fritz b.1890 Markneukirchen.  Pupil of M. Schmidt, worked for A Hollinger in Kiel, G. Winterling in Hamburg, and Hammig in Berlin.  Master of the Luthiers guild 1913.  Fine copies of classical models.  Highly regarded repairer anbd restorer."

Muller, Albert Carl,

This violin was made in Sacramento, California, 1980.  It was played for many years by a professional musician in Nebraska.  Muller was at one time the west coast representative for Emil Herrmann.  He made more than 200 violins, about 50 violas, and 20 cellos.  Professional maker, winner of multiple international awards.


Roth, Ernst Heinrich- Markneukirchen, Germany- 1924

Lisbeth Nelson Butler, Red Wiing, Mn. 2006

Steven Tillingast Cundall, Aubrey, Texas 2008

Arnold Anderson, Cremona, Italy, 1976

Otto Bausch, Lipzig, Germany, 1868

Wenzel Fuchs, Eltersdorf.b.Erlangen, Germany, 1958


Wenzel Fuchs, Eitersdorf B. Erlangen, Germany, 1958

John Juzek, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1956

Anton Sandner, Beubenreuth, Germany, 1971

Franz Sandner, Ranheim, Germany, 1999

Many instruments are available and will be added soon.  Some are new and some are old.  

$2500 and less-

Karl Herrmann, Erlbach Germany, 1960

Many more violins are available.  Some are priced below $2000.00.  Call for details.

(651) 698-4692

3/4 size violins;


I currently have 36 3/4 size violins available, along with a great selection of cases and bows.  Below are a few of the makers.

"Da Vinci" Sofia Bulgaria, Silvio Marinov, Bulgaria, Scott Cao (several examples), Clemente & Weise, Germany, Scott & Shangming, E. R. Pfretzschner, Bernd Dimbath, Los Angeles Strings "Frank Denti", Phan Thanh Tien, Peter Steinhaus, Johannes Kohr (several examples), Forest.

1/2 size violins;

West Coast Strings "Peter Kaufmann", Avalon, A. R. Seidel, Scott Cao (several examples), Pfretzschner, 

1/4 size violins;

Juzek, Eastman, West Coast Strings "Peccard", 

1/8 size violins;

Grottano, Reghin, Romania, Scott Cao

1/16 size violins;

Scott Cao

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