Circle of Franciscus Geissenhof Violin, Vienna circa 1820

Circle of Franciscus Geissenhof Violin, Vienna circa 1820

When it comes to getting more sound for your pound, the makers of the closely related Prague and Vienna schools have to be at the top of anyone’s list. This violin is a perfect illustration, a beautiful early 19th century Strad copy with excellent tone and great playability which would run rings around many an Italian violin of the period.
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Heinrich TH Heberlein Violin, Markneukirchen 1927

Heinrich TH Heberlein Violin, Markneukirchen 1927

A beautifully preserved example of the work of Heinrich Th. Heberlein from 1927, this is Markneukirchen violin-making at its best. The violin is illustrated in Bruce Babbitt’s book “Markneukirchen Violins And Bows”.
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Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1820

Jean Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1820

This is an outstanding Persoit violin bow with exceptional sound and handling. Currently fitted with copy frog and button, but supplied with the original open frog and ivory button.
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Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1815

Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1815

This is a remarkable early gold mounted bow by Etienne Pajeot, perhaps the most fascinating and innovative of all French makers. It’s an exceptional playing bow – the frog has some restoration but the stick is very well preserved.
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Eugene Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Eugene Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Eugène Sartory commands a unique level of respect amongst musicians. Here we have a fine example from what is arguably his best period, in excellent condition and with a big rounded sound.
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A Mirecourt Violin circa 1860

A Mirecourt Violin circa 1860

This is a lovely French violin from the mid 19th century. It’s our favourite kind of violin – a ‘campfire Strad” offering an exceptional quality of sound at a modest price.
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Alfred Vincent Viola, London 1931

Alfred Vincent Viola, London 1931

Alfred Vincent is one of our favourite makers, and we’re delighted to have a viola of his on offer. It’s a big sounding instrument, well used but entirely free of cracks or repairs.
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Carl Zach Viola, Vienna 1896

Carl Zach Viola, Vienna 1896

This is an interesting and historic viola by the Austro-Hungarian maker Carl Zach. Given by Zach to the great Czech violist František Ondříček, it has a clear line of provenance. It’s a fine solistic instrument in an excellent state of preservation.
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Duke School Viola, London circa 1780

Duke School Viola, London circa 1780

We are always on the lookout for great sounding small violas and this English instrument from the late 18th century is particularly successful. A broad and bold model made in the circle of Richard Duke, it has a rich and powerful tone.
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Gand & Bernardel Violin, Paris 1885

Gand & Bernardel Violin, Paris 1885

Gand & Bernardel were the pre-eminent French violin-makers of the late 19th century. Here we have a great sounding violin made by them in 1885 and still in outstanding condition.
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FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1800

FX Tourte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1800

FX Tourte is without question the greatest name in the history of bow-making. Here we have a superb example from around 1800, original in all parts and in excellent condition. It’s a tremendous player worthy of a leading soloist.
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John Lott II Violin, London 1845

John Lott II Violin, London 1845

This is a beautifully preserved del Gesu copy by John Lott II, one of England’s finest makers. It’s a top class concert instrument in remarkable condition – a great violin for a soloist but also a highly collectable example.
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Francois Peccatte Workshop Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1845

Francois Peccatte Workshop Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1845

François Peccatte was the younger brother of Dominique, and their work shares many points of style. The exact working relationship isn’t documented, but François was 11 years younger, and it’s assumed that he apprenticed with Dominique in Paris.
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Arthur Bultitude Viola Bow, Hawkhurst circa 1970

Arthur Bultitude Viola Bow, Hawkhurst circa 1970

Arthur Bultitude is a highly respected English maker who spent much of his working life at Hills. On leaving the Hill shop he specialised in exquisite bows with ornamental frogs such as this lovely gold mounted viola bow.
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George Wulme Hudson Violin, London 1925

George Wulme Hudson Violin, London 1925

This is a violin by one of the most respected English makers of the 20th century, George Wulme Hudson. It’s a brilliant sounding violin suitable for a budding soloist, and in excellent condition.
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Eugene Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

Eugene Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1895

This is a fine and very early Sartory bow in excellent condition from the collection of the renowned Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Igor Ozim. Sartory prices continue to rise at an alarming rate, and well-preserved early examples such as this fetch a premium.
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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1940

EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1940

Emile Auguste Ouchard is the only 20th century maker whose popularity rivals that of Sartory – here we have a rather special bow from the late 1930s retaining all its original features. An outstanding player’s bow too…
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Joseph Henry Viola Bow, Paris circa 1870

Joseph Henry Viola Bow, Paris circa 1870

This is a very nicely preserved viola bow by Joseph Henry, perhaps the most reliable maker of the Peccatte school. It’s a phenomenal sounding bow with a big velvety tone.
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ames Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1885

We are serious fans of James Tubbs, and we sell more bows by him than by any other maker. This is a very typical example of his middle period work, with the rounded ferrule, long adjuster and silver face that are his hallmarks.
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Eugenio Degani Violin, Venice 1898

Eugenio Degani Violin, Venice 1898

This is a very attractive and excellent-sounding violin from the Venetian maker Eugenio Degani. It has some restoration, the scroll is later, and it’s priced accordingly.
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A Fine English Del Gesu Copy, circa 1870

A Fine English Del Gesu Copy, circa 1870

This is a remarkable and intriguing del Gesu fake, most likely the work of TJ Holder. It’s a beautiful violin with a first class sound, but I don’t suppose we will ever know for sure who made it.
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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Paris circa 1925

EA Ouchard is probably the greatest of 20th century French makers, and this is a lovely example in silver. Made for Georges Coné in Lyon, it’s in excellent condition and a spectacular player as you’d expect from this maker.
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August Rau Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1910

August Rau Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

August Rau (1866-1951) is an important maker in the history of German bows. This is a very nice example of his higher quality of bow – the condition is very good, and the sound is big, warm and fruity.
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Dominique Peccatte Viola Bow, Paris circa 1850

Dominique Peccatte Viola Bow, Paris circa 1850

This is an exceptional Dominique Peccatte viola bow in near mint condition – no wear whatsoever, all the silver is original, as is the ivory face. A very handsome example for a collector or a soloist.
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Claude Thomassin Viola Bow , Paris circa 1920

Claude Thomassin Viola Bow, Paris circa 1920

Claude Thomassin is a maker whose star is rising rapidly, and we are always delighted to offer his bows. Here we have a fine viola bow in excellent condition – it’s a powerful stick with a powerful sound.
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ASP Bernardel Viola, Paris 1850

ASP Bernardel Viola, Paris 1850

This is a very beautiful smaller viola by perhaps the most under-rated French maker, ASP Bernardel. As always with this maker, the workmanship and the sound are of the highest quality.
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Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

Jean Joseph Martin was one of the extraordinary team of makers assembled by JB Vuillaume, and his bows very often follow the Vuillaume model. This is a more personal creation with a distinctive head – very unusually it bears an authentic Dominique Peccatte brand. The bow is in near perfect condition.
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Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1870

Jean Joseph Martin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1870

This is a very nice Vuillaume model bow made by JJ Martin around 1885. Branded “J. Guarini”, it’s a very fine example of this maker’s work – it has a powerful stick with a big bright sound.
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Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

This is a particularly beautiful Pajeot violin bow from the maker’s best period – it’s in excellent condition, original in all parts, and it plays with a rare combination of strength and finesse.
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Betts Workshop Violin, London circa 1820

Betts Workshop Violin, London circa 1820

It’s questionable how many violins John Betts himself made, but he employed an illustrious group of makers such as Tobin, Vincenzo and Joseph Panormo, both Bernard Simon Fendts and John Furber, along with other less well known names. Betts instruments tend to exhibit very high standards of craftsmanship and tone.
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Ferdinand Gagliano Violin, Naples, 1760

Ferdinand Gagliano Violin, Naples, 1760

Ferdinand Gagliano (1738-1804) was the son of Nicolo and nephew of Gennaro. His violins have always been appreciated for their excellent tonal qualities – this example has exceptional clarity and projection.
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Grand Adam Cello Bow, Paris circa 1840

Grand Adam Cello Bow, Paris circa 1840

Another great cello bow from one of the less well known Vuillaume makers, Jean “Grand” Adam. A very attractive bow showing hardly any signs of use over its 150 year life, it makes quite an impression.
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Charles Brugere Viola, Paris 1894

Charles Brugère Viola, Paris 1894

This viola is one of the finest examples of the work of Charles Brugère in existence. The condition is near mint and the sound is warm and responsive.
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Luigi Salsedo Violin 1928

Luigi Salsedo Violin 1928

Here’s another lovely Salsedo violin from 1928, slightly bigger and bolder than the other example we have. The main difference is that it’s red not yellow…
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Eugenio Degani Violin, Venice 1893

Eugenio Degani Violin, Venice 1893

Eugenio Degani is one of the most recognizable of modern Italian makers. His violins are always refined and stylish. Here we have a wonderful sounding example in perfect condition.
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Student violins for sale through teachers

Student violins for sale through teachers

We sell antique violins suitable for students through a network of violin teachers around the world – from Latvia to Los Angeles. If you are a teacher and would like to work with us please get in touch.

Student violins and bows

Student violin bows for sale through teachers

We sell antique violin bows suitable for students through a network of violin teachers around the world – from Latvia to Los Angeles. If you are a teacher and would like to work with us please get in touch.

Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

Nicolas Maire Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1840

Nicolas Maire is a highly respected Mirecourt maker closely associated with Pajeot, but who made the all-important journey to Paris. His style evolved significantly during his working life – this mid-period stick is in immaculate condition and has superb copy mounts by Derek Wilson.
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Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

Louis Bazin was a third generation bow-maker of consummate skill whose work is still undervalued simply because he worked in Mirecourt and not Paris. This bow is a mighty player and in top condition.
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Emanuel Adam Homolka Violin, Velvary 1825

Emanuel Adam Homolka Violin, Velvary 1825

Emanuel Adam Homolka was the most talented maker to emerge from the Strnad workshop in Prague. His violins are rightly valued for their artistry and their tonal qualities. This is a lovely example with a unique silvery timbre.
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Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925

Victor Fétique Cello Bow, Paris circa 1925

Victor Fétique is a hugely popular maker – still relatively affordable, his bows are always beautifully executed yet functional. This cello bow has had a good deal of use but remains in very good condition.
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WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1935

WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, William Johnston circa 1935

Yet one more excellent Hill bow, this time a fine early gold and tortoiseshell example with a stick by WIlliam Johnston, the frog bearing marks for Bultitude. Some wear to the stick but generally in very fine condition, and a lovely golden tone.
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