Violins for sale

This is a list of all the full-size violins currently for sale on our website, including our new handmade instruments, contemporary/ 20th century and antique violins. Look here for part size instruments.

A Nicolas Bertholini Violin, Laberte Workshops, Mirecourt circa 1920

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A Nicolas Bertholini Violin, Mirecourt circa 1920 Nicolas Bertholini was a trade name used by the Laberte Workshops around the turn of the century for one of their midrange models. While these violins were sold at the time as student instruments, it’s very noticeable that the Chinese workshops who are the modern day successors of Laberte and JTL seem incapable of producing anything with an equal refinement of tone. But maybe that’s just a matter of being a hundred years old! More details

MSV 102 Violin, Martin Swan Violins 2014

On trial, £1,700 (Standard Violin)

Cremonese pattern violinThis is one of a number of prototypes we made from Cremonese patterns when looking for a successful model with a short back length. This particular violin is 35.2cm but with a conventional stop length, and is designed with the smaller player in mind. Like all of our MSV violins, it’s made entirely with hand tools in Reghin, Transylvania, and is finished with an Italian Balsamic varnish. More details

MSV 108 Stradivarius Pattern Violin with Antique Finish, Martin Swan Violins 2014

On trial, £1,900

MSV 108 Stradivarius Pattern Violin with Antique Finish This is a good Stradivarius pattern violin made entirely with hand tools by one of our Hungarian makers in Reghin. The varnish is an “antiqued” finish which we have developed in collaboration with a specialist restorer in Budapest – we continue to refine this process and welcome any feedback. The sound is charming and refined, not the loudest violin we’ve produced but smooth and silky in character, unusually responsive, even with a light technique. More details

Czech violin by AJ Kreutzer, Brno 1927


Violin by AJ Kreutzer, Brno 1927 This is a nice early 20th century Czech violin by and labeled AJ Kreutzer Brnensis. It’s built on a Stradivarius pattern, stylistically very close to good Markneukirchen work, very nicely finished and varnished. The condition is generally excellent – there’s some light marking to the varnish in parts of the table, but very little wear overall. It’s a splendid sounding instrument, big, muscular and zingy – there’s a strong core to the sound, and it responds well to an assertive technique. More details

A Mirecourt Violin, JTL Workshops c1890


A Mirecourt Violin, JTL Workshops circa 1890This is a very nice early JTL (Jérome Thibouville-Lamy) violin from around 1890 – it has a Stradvarius 1721 label and a JTL brand visible through the treble f-hole. It’s a well-made instrument, very light in the hand, and the spruce used for the table is unusually good. More details

Laberte Fournier Violin, Mirecourt 1900

On trial, £3,000

Laberte Fournier Violin, Mirecourt 1900 This is a very early Laberte violin, labeled modèle d’après Fournier no.3, 1900. This violin appears in the Laberte 1912 catalogue, page 19, at a price of Ff125. While most Laberte instruments are typically crisp and modern-looking, this violin harks back to an earlier French tradition (most notably Lupot) with its rounded edges, dark antiqued varnish and subtle flat arching. It has a very attractive slab-cut one-piece back, the f-holes are delicately fluted, and the scroll is in a different league from most Mirecourt trade efforts. More details

Laberte Montagnana, Mirecourt Violin circa 1930 (undersized)

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Laberte “Montagnana”, Mirecourt circa 1930 The Laberte Workshops made a huge range of instruments – this “Montagnana” model was the most expensive of their “A la Ville de Cremone” series, costing a whopping 680 Francs in 1931 – look here at page 9, no.678. This instrument is in near perfect condition – thick orange oil varnish and stunning wood throughout. The sound is sweet, bright and smooth with a very easy response. Please note this is what used to be described as a ladies violin, slightly under standard 4/4 measurements. More details

A Violin by John Delany, Dublin circa 1800 (undersized)


An Irish Violin by John Delany John Delany is one of a number of makers who worked for Perry in Dublin (and possibly James Perry in Kilkenny), but he also made and sold violins under his own brand. This is an unusually fine example, fully purfled, with long elegant corners, and with an astounding birds eye sycamore back. Otherwise the work is in every way typical – slightly small Amati model with rather high arching, quite plain wood to the ribs and the scroll, and a plain yellow varnish. More details

Violin by Amédée Dieudonné, Mirecourt 1948


Violin by Amédée Dieudonné, Mirecourt 1948 This is a beautiful Amédée Dieudonné violin in mint condition dating from 1948, numbered 409B, signed by the maker on the back plate and the inside of the table. Dieudonné ran a small and very successful workshop in Mirecourt, producing various models of violin for the French market and more notably for Rudolf Wurlitzer in the USA. There’s a great biography of Dieudonné on Roland Terrier’s site. More details

A Bohemian Violin labelled Fernandino Politi, circa 1930


A Bohemian Violin labelled Fernandino Politi, circa 1930This is a very nicely made and fine-sounding “anonymous” violin. It doesn’t fit exactly into any school of making, but it seems most likely to be a handmade instrument from north of the Alps. The model is elegant and personal with pronounced upper rib corners, the scroll is very neat, and the purfling is handmade. More details

Johann Schult Violin, Lübeck 1939


Johann Schult Violin, Lübeck 1939 for sale This is an excellent violin by Johann Schult, one of the best early 20th century German makers – he was appointed court violin maker to the Duke of Mecklenburg in 1907. The wood is superb, the varnish is rich and lustrous, and the work is artistic and highly skilled. The sound is top class, bright, sugary and strong with great sustain. It has a clear and unique cantabile voice – an unusually smooth and responsive violin suitable for a professional player. More details

Alex Smillie Violin, Glasgow 1891


Alex Smillie Violin, Glasgow 1891Alex Smillie is for me the most successful Scottish maker after Matthew Hardie. As far as we know Smillie was self-taught, but his violins are beautifully and artistically executed, quite faithful to the Italian instruments which inspired him, and they always sound good. This particular violin is an early example with a deep brown oil varnish, very pronounced corners, and an unusually fine one-piece back. More details

An English Violin of the Withers School, circa 1900


An English Violin of the Withers School, circa 1900This is a fine English violin from the turn of the century – although it’s not up to the standard of an Edward Withers, it shows many similar points of style, and was probably made in the Withers shop. The wood is of excellent quality and the work is very precise. The condition is unusually good – there are no cracks or repairs of any kind. There’s a bit of erosion to the outer edge of the right f-hole, but this is a very minor quibble. More details

Antal Arzt Violin, Budapest 1966

On trial, £8,500

Budapest Violin 1966Antal Arzt, “The Doctor”, is one of a number of superb Budapest makers whose work is pretty much unknown outside Hungary. Arzt apprenticed with Istvan Havas, and worked for a time with Dezsö Bárány in the infamous “English Workshop”, producing fake Italian violins for the American market. This workshop produced violins of great beauty and with superb tone, which continue to fool experts to this day. More details

A Fine Hungarian Violin by Jozsef Mirth, Budapest 1933


A Fine Hungarian Violin by Jozsef Mirth, BudapestJozsef Mirth worked for Miska Frirsz and Janos Spiegel before stepping out on his own – he was a prolific maker, but remains pretty much unknown outside Hungary. This violin is a superb example of the Budapest style that reached perfection in the work of Paulus Pilat. The varnish is gorgeous, the wood is superb, and the execution of the scroll, f-holes and edges is precise and artistic. The violin is in near-perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs, and very little wear to the varnish. More details

An Anglo-French Violin, Probably Langonet for WE Hill & Son c1890


An Anglo-French Violin, Probably Langonet for WE Hill & Son circa 1890 This is an exceptional violin – the construction and the detail are overwhelmingly French, but the outline and the varnish point more to the Hill Workshops. The outline is a Bergonzi model, broadened and with the arching flattened out – the resulting sound is honey-smooth, very articulate, strong and projecting. More details

James Brown Violin, London circa 1800


James Brown Violin, London circa 1800This is a charming English violin by James Brown – not James Brown the Godfather of Soul, but James Brown, London 1759-1834. According to John Dilworth, Brown apprenticed under Thomas Kennedy before setting up under his own name in Spitalfields. Like so many of the London makers, his output varied hugely in quality depending on who the customer was. This particular violin is beautiful, most likely a Gagliano copy, Italianate in proportions and in execution. More details

Thomas Hardie Violin, Edinburgh 1848


Thomas Hardie Violin, Edinburgh 1848When it comes to Scottish violins, there’s the Hardies (Matthew and his son Thomas), and then there’s everyone else ….! Thomas Hardie suffers in the literature from being the son of his father, but his work is more refined, and this del Gesu pattern perhaps represents the pinnacle of Scottish violin-making. There are some lovely details, for example the delicate fluting on the f-holes and the all-too-realistic del Gesu compass marks on the scroll. More details

Joseph Anthony Chanot Violin, London 1910

On trial, £17,500

Joseph Anthony Chanot Violin, London 1910Joseph Chanot probably had little choice but to become a violin-maker – his brothers, father, uncles, grandfather and great-grandfather all made violins. Although the family originated in France (Georges Chanot II is a particularly highly-regarded French maker), a part of the family moved to England in the 1850s, and Joseph A Chanot is an English maker through and through. More details

Georg Kloz Violin, Mittenwald 1772


Georg Kloz Violin This is a fine violin by Georg Kloz, one of the most productive and artistic members of the sprawling Kloz family who dominated Mittenwald violin-making throughout the 18th century. This is a typical example of his work, built to his own Amati-esque model, very refined and of delicate proportions, ideal for a smaller player. More details

Karel Boromejsky Dvorak Violin, Prague circa 1890


Karel Boromejsky Dvorak Violin, Prague circa 1890Karel B. Dvorak worked for HC Silvestre and for Gand & Bernardel in Paris before returning to Prague, and many of his instruments show a strong French influence. However, this violin seems more Italian in conception, and would bear comparison with a Pressenda. It’s an outstanding piece of work, lightly built but strong with very flat arching, featuring some excellent wood, crisply carved and exuding class. The varnish is rich and intense with a hint of craquelure. More details

An Italian Violin of the Politi School, Rome circa 1910


Italian Politi ViolinThis is a great modern Italian violin, full of personality and with a great sound. Probably made in the Politi shop, it also owes something to the Scarampella style – knowingly rustic, and harking back to a much earlier tradition. It’s a very distinctive instrument with big broad edges, a wide-grained front, 2-piece but not bookmatched, and a deep brown oil varnish. More details

Hungarian Violin by Bela Szepessy, London 1898


A Fine Hungarian Violin by Bela Szepessy, London 1898Although Szepessy spent most of his working life in London, his violin-making remained entirely in the Hungarian tradition. Szepessy apprenticed with Samuel Nemessanyi and Thomas Zach – in this particular violin you could say that the sublime workmanship derives from Nemessanyi, the spectacular varnish from Zach. Szepessy made great violins, but this one is a gem – in near perfect condition, it’s a Strad model made with the finest wood, numbered 123. More details

Silvio Vezio Paoletti Violin, Florence circa 1930


Silvio Vezio Paoletti Violin, Florence circa 1930 This is a fine early 20th century Italian violin by Silvio Paoletti, one of a number of good makers who trained under Valentino de Zorzi. The instrument bears multiple brands – on the button and the bottom rib externally, and on the inner back, the bassbar and the top block internally. It’s a very artistically made violin – the raised edgework is beautiful, the scroll and f-holes are finely cut, and the deep red varnish is rich and nicely craquelled. More details

Gabriel Lemböck Violin, Vienna 1862


Gabriel Lemböck Violin, Vienna 1862For me, Gabriel Lemböck is the stand-out maker of the Viennese school. Although his later instruments were rather commercial, his best work is outstanding, both in tone and in execution. For much of his working life he copied the Paganini “Cannone” which he had studied while working for Anton Fischer, and this violin is a beautifully stylised interpretation (though clearly Lemböck wasn’t prepared to embrace the brutality of del Gesu’s original scroll)! More details

Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1844


Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1844
The Silvestres were exceptional makers, and their success owes much to their training with Nicolas Lupot and JB Vuillaume. The two brothers worked together from 1829 until 1848, and this violin is a very fine example of their collaborative work. It’s in an exceptional state of preservation, free from repairs or damages, and with very little wear to the original varnish. More details

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