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MSV71 2012 Violin Guarneri left-handed

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MSV67 2012 Cello

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MSV63 2012 Hardanger

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MSV62 2012 Hardanger

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MSV60 2011 Cello 3/4

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MSV59 2011 Cello

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MSV54 2011 Viola

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MSV48 Not made

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MSV96 Guadagnini Simpson Cello 2014, Martin Swan Violins

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MSV72 2012 Violin Guarneri left-handed

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MSV68 2012 Cello

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MSV66 2012 Hardanger Gyoeveland

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MSV61 2011 Violin Guarneri

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MSV58 2011 Violin Bergonzi

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MSV53 2011 Hardanger

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MSV52 2011 Hardanger

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MSV51 2011 Cello Stradivari

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MSV50 2011 Violin Guarneri

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MSV49 2012 Violin Guarneri

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MSV47 2011 Violin Stradivari

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MSV45 2011 Violin Bergonzi

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MSV42 2011 Violin Bergonzi, left-handed

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MSV41 2010 Violin Guarneri, left-handed

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MSV40 2010 Cello Half size

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MSV38 2010 Cello

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MSV37 2010 Violin Stradivari (Guarneri label)

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MSV36 2011 Violin Bergonzi

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MSV35 2010 Viola

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MSV34 2010 Violin Guarneri

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MSV33 2010 Violin Guarneri

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MSV32 2010 Violin Guarneri Pattern

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MSV31 2010 Violin Stradivari (Guarneri label)

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MSV30 2010 Violin Stradivari (Guarneri label)

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MSV29 2010 Violin Stradivari (Guarneri label)

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MSV28 2010 Violin Guarneri

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MSV27 2010 Violin Guarneri

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MSV26 2011 Hardanger Violin, Plain scroll

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MSV25 2011 Hardanger Violin

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MSV24 2010 Violin Guarneri

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MSV23 2010 Violin Guarneri

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MSV22 2010 Cello Baroque

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MSV21 2010 Viola Stradivari (Second)

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MSV20 Not made

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MSV18 2010 Violin Stradivari Artist

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MSV17 2010 Hardanger Violin, Dragon scroll

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MSV16 2010 Violin Stradivari (Guaneri label) Standard

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MSV15 2010 Viola Stradivari

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MSV14 2010 Violin Stradivari (Guaneri label) Artist

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MSV13 Not made

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MSV12 2009 Violin Stradivari Artist

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MSV11 2009 Violin Stradivari (Guaneri label) Artist

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MSV10 2009 Violin Stradivari (Guaneri label) Artist

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MSV09 2009 Violin Guarneri Standard

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MSV08 2009 Viola Tertis

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MSV07 2009 Violin Stradivari Student

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MSV06 2009 Violin Stradivari Standard

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MSV05 2009 Violin Stradivari Standard

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MSV04 2009 Violin Stradivari Standard

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MSV03 2009 Violin Stradivari Artist

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MSV02 2009 Violin Stradivari Artist

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MSV01 2009 Violin Stradivari Artist

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Silvio Vezio Paoletti Violin, Florence circa 1930

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Silvio Vezio Paoletti Violin, Florence circa 1930
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Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835

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Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris circa 1835
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Albin Hums Cello Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930

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Laberte Workshop Cello Bow, Mirecourt circa 1920

£5,000

Laberte Workshop Cello Bow
The workshops of Marc Laberte produced a huge range of instruments and bows in the early 20th century – their silver-mounted bows are of consistently high quality. More details


André Vigneron Violin Bow, France circa 1900

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Martin Fendt Violin, London circa 1840

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Eugene Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1920

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Nicolo Gagliano Violin, Naples 1761

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Nicolo Gagliano Violin
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MSV 131 Stradivarius Pattern Violin (Artist Violin) 2016

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Carl Gottlob Schuster Violin, Markneukirchen circa 1930

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MSV Hardanger Fiddle (standard model)

£2,500

Hardanger fiddle/ Hardanger violin Our Hardanger fiddle is a simplified version of a traditional Hardanger, made with a violin scroll and without ornamentation. The body is copied directly from an award-winning instrument by Sveinung Gyovland. This historic instrument had excellent tone and sustain, so we followed the outline, arching and thicknesses faithfully. The result is an affordable Hardanger with a completely authentic sound.

Our Hardanger has 4 sympathetic strings, tune-able with ease thanks to the incorporation of Wittner geared pegs. Principal strings are traditional gut (normally tuned CGCE).
We generally have one of these instruments in stock – we’re also happy to make them to order with 5 sympathetic strings, dragon’s head scrolls, and/or traditional inlaid tailpieces and fingerboards. More details


Marco Raposo Cello Bow, Brazil 2009

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MSV55 Stradivarius Pattern Viola 40.5cm, Martin Swan Violins

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MSV Guadagnini Simpson Model Cellos

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Dyre Vaa Hardanger, Ytre Vinje 1989

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Bohemian Small Viola, circa 1900

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Mittenwald Small Viola, circa 1850

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Bohemian Small Viola, circa 1830

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Mittenwald Small Viola circa 1830

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Roger François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1970

£4,500 On trial

Roger François Lotte Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1970
This is a lovely bow by Roger Lotte carrying his own later brand. It’s a classic example of his work with a rounded heel, Parisian eye, and a Simon-like backwards curve to the head. The fine red pernambuco is also typical – round in section, with mounts of silver and ebony. The condition is excellent.
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Betts Workshop Small Viola, circa 1803

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Arthur Bultitude Viola Bow circa 1970

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Albert Nürnberger Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

£6,500

Albert Nürnberger Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920
This is a very fine Nürnberger family viola bow, probably an early work by Carl Albert Nürnberger. The brand with a * at each end came into use after 1910, yet some archaic aspects of this bow’s construction suggest that it can’t be much later than that. The bow has a silver face and a pinned underslide, and it oozes style. The stick is of beautifully flecked round section pernambuco – mounts are silver and ebony.
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François Peccatte Workshop Viola Bow, Paris circa 1845

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Caspar Strnad Viola, Prague 1819

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Claude Thomassin Viola Bow, Mirecourt circa 1915 (John & Arthur Beare Stamp)

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Nicolas Maline Viola Bow, Paris circa 1850

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MSV 102 Violin, (Standard Violin) 2014

£1,700

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, 2014

£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


Half Size Violin, Médio Fino, JTL Mirecourt circa 1910

Half-Size Violin, Médio Fino, JTL Mirecourt circa 1910This is a rather cute half size violin from the JTL (Jérome Thibouville-Lamy) workshops in Mirecourt. The Médio Fino was and still is a very popular student model, basic in construction but always reliable in tone.

Length of back 30.1cm

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Half-Size Violin, JTL “Célèbre Vosgien” circa 1920

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Half-Size Violin, JTL “Célèbre Vosgien” circa 1900

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MSV135 Stradivarius Pattern Violin, Martin Swan Violins 2016

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MSV 81 Ornati Pattern Violin, Martin Swan Violins 2013

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MSV 136 Stradivarius Pattern Violin, Martin Swan Violins 2016

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MSV 137 Stradivarius Pattern Violin (Artist Violin), 2016

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A Mirecourt Violin circa 1920

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A Fine Mirecourt Violin circa 1890

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Abele Naldi Violin, Milan 1968

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