About us

Martin Swan Violins is the market leader in internet-based sales of fine stringed instruments and bows. We have a wide and diverse international clientele in the UK, the USA, Europe and Asia, ranging from keen amateur traditional players to the concertmasters of prestigious orchestras. You can look at some notable recent sales here.

This website is our shop window. We also welcome customers by appointment to our home in Wells, we hold regular client days in London, and we will travel internationally to meet you where appropriate.

We offer instruments and bows with great playing qualities, focusing on items in excellent condition. These are sold with independent certificates from respected appraisers. We don’t cut corners, and we don’t make exaggerated claims.

All our customers, whether at home or abroad, benefit from a free 14 day trial period. We ship instruments and bows with full insurance – if you buy from us, there’s no charge for this service. Violins and violas are shipped in specialist packaging with the set-up in place.

Buying from us is risk-free. You will have no doubt about the condition or the authenticity of an item you purchase from us, and you will have the time you need to make sure it’s right for you.

We are Martin Swan and Anna Ashmole.

Scotland, London and Online

Tonal specialist • Online inventory • Detailed photographs