We Buy Violins and Bows

Buying Policy

If we are interested in buying your violin or bow (we have unusual tastes), the first thing we will do is to give you our opinion on what the violin is and what we would sell it for. We'll then offer you the option of either selling it to us outright or selling it though us on commission.  If you don't mind waiting for your money, you will make more by selling on commission. It is very rare that we would buy anything on the basis of photos alone - in most cases we would need to see the item and judge its playability. We are particularly interested in buying historic violins and violas from Prague/Czechoslovakia and Hungary,

Information We Need

If you would like us to consider buying your instrument please send photos which are as close as possible to the ones below (set your camera to high quality if possible). Please also include detailed measurements (violins - length of back; bows - total length and weight).

Photos for Violins & Violas

A Mirecourt Violin by JTL, Amati Model circa 1920A Mirecourt Violin by JTL, Amati Model circa 1920A Mirecourt Violin by JTL, Amati Model circa 1920A Mirecourt Violin by JTL, Amati Model circa 1920

Photos for Bows

A Garner Wilson Viola Bow, circa 2005A Garner Wilson Viola Bow, circa 2005
A Garner Wilson Viola Bow, circa 2005A Garner Wilson Viola Bow, circa 2005

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