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We are an online violin shop based in Scotland with customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, USA, Wales - and counting!

We specialize in antique violins and bows with unusually good playing characteristics. We also sell our own very successful range of new violins, violas and cellos, handmade by Hungarian and Romanian craftsmen to our specifications.

We offer our violins for sale online and to customers visiting our workshop. We stock items which are suitable for serious classical and traditional players, and all of our instruments are assessed by Martin, a professional violinist. We have violin dealer insurance for sending instruments internationally, and all purchases are covered by a 14 day no quibble return policy.

We are primarily interested in violin tone rather than the antique value of instruments – we don't stock expensive old instruments unless they also sound good.

"I grew up playing an antique violin which was beautifully made but sounded like a cricket bat. I've slowly become fascinated by the question of violin tone and by its complete lack of relationship with price. Over the last few years I've made it my business to play many hundreds of violins at all price levels and to rate them for tone - the results are surprising! The violin trade, it turns out, is deeply confused about the whole issue of quality, and prefers to make its money out of the antique or artistic value of violins than out of tonal considerations. I believe that sound should come first ... Sound is a very personal matter, no two pairs of ears agree, but as a professional player in several genres I'm in a unique position to help other musicians with their choices." Martin Swan

As well as selling antique instruments, we also collaborate with Hungarian and Romanian makers to produce our own range of new instruments. In tone, volume and overall playability these instruments compare with the best vintage violins.

If you are looking for a fine antique instrument, you’ll find a selection of superb violins for sale on this site, all with tonal qualities we are happy to endorse. If you are choosing an instrument on the basis of sound rather than antique provenance, our new handmade violins, violas and cellos are fantastic value for money. We always have a choice of new violins for sale, we generally have at least one viola and cello in stock, as well as part size and left-handed instruments.

We also stock an excellent range of violin bows, viola bows and cello bows, including outstanding new Brazilian bows. Upgrading a bow can help a player reach new levels as much as buying a new instrument, and money is as well spent on a more expensive bow as a more expensive violin.

The best place to buy a violin online

We’ve been selling violins online since 2007 and have helped hundreds of players to choose their ideal violin. Our customers include professional players (classical, traditional & alternative), keen amateurs, students and teachers. We keep public image archives of most of the instruments which we've sold, including notable sales.

We don’t operate a shopping cart; ours is a more personal service (old-fashioned you might say) and we'll be very happy to discuss your requirements and provide advice, whether it is about choosing a violin, viola, cello or bow. We think that website sound samples are unhelpful for people choosing a violin but we can do comparative recordings for individual customers.

Please contact us with any queries, large or small – we try to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours. If you would like to try out any of the instruments you are welcome to make an appointment to visit us – we are based near Peebles in the Scottish Borders, about 40 minutes south of Edinburgh. We also can send you email alerts when we have new instruments or bows for sale. We always welcome customer feedback and reviews and can offer advice about selling a violin if you are considering upgrading.

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