Violin &

Sheng Liu 7, Antiqued 2010
We immediately had a teacher in love with the sound of this instrument. It also features a well-flamed back, inlaid pegs and tailpiece, and a setup by luthier Peter Horn.

Gewa "Maestro" 2010,
One of the best-crafted instruments we've seen in this price bracket, it features a hand-rubbed oil varnish finish, Siberian spruce top, and medium flame back.Very clean and tonally balanced

About violin outfits:
All our instruments are available a la carte (instrument only) or as outfits with bow and case. There are many options to complete your outfit. The most basic is a Glasser fiberglass bow with horsehair and a basic case. These add approximately $80 to the price of the instrument alone. You may be ready to select a better bow with your instrument; the process is similar to selecting your violin. In case selection, storage space, weight, and protection for the instrument will rule the choice.

Information about Perfection Pegs

August Kohr K20 2009
A nicely flamed European instrument ideal for the active student. Ebony fittings and solid workmanship make this a perfect choice for the first "non-rental" instrument!

August Kohr,

Features a hand-graduated top and seasoned flamed maple back. Setup in our shop by Peter Horn. A nice step beyond the basic student model for the developing player getting a first instrument

Auditioning a violin:
We encourage you to take the time to listen to these or any of our instruments. No two sound alike; that's both the fun and the work of finding the right instrument for you. Shannon Williams is available to help guide you through the assortment, but you may certainly try the instruments unassisted in one of our studios. We ask that you call ahead, since the rooms are heavily used for lessons during the week.. Saturday afternoons (or weekdays before 3:00 pm) are the best times to come in, although other evening times are possible--but they vary week to week.

Franz Sandner 47F "Jubilee", 2005
Meticulously crafted, this instrument features a solid carved hand graduated Bavarian spruce top and European maple back and ribs. Ebony fittings and French maple bridge complete this fine instrument.

Dvorak 30KF, 2004
Czech Republic
Bavarian spruce top & nicely flamed European maple back, with ebony trim and hand-applied finish.

Instruments on approval:
Once you've narrowed down the choices to an instrument you wish to present to a teacher (or perhaps may wish to try in rehearsal), the instrument may be sent out on approval. The entire purchase price must be approved on a credit card, but the instrument can be returned within ten days. There is a 5% restocking fee to cover our credit card processing costs, but the fee is waived or credited if you purchase that or another instrument within 30 days.

The Guarnerius "Kochanski"
Prague / London, 2002

A painstaking reproduction of the famed "Kochanski" original of 1741. Exactingly measured and executed, historical "wear" is meticulously recreated on the finest aged woods. See the inset below for a detailed view of the back.

Dvorak "Artist" 33KF, 2004
Czech Republic
Bavarian spruce top and highly figured European maple back. Spirit varnish hand-antiqued finish Choice ebony fillings include Hill-style pegs and tailpiece.

Setup & Maintenance:
Every new instrument we sell comes with one year of service and adjustments on the "climate"sensitive" setup factors like pegs, bridge, fingerboard, etc. Of course, you need to pay the usual attention to case humidity and winter weather, but there may still be some "settling in" of your instrument. We cover those adjustments with the craftsmanship of Peter Horn so your instrument plays its best.

Detail of Kochanski back, (see above)
all details, including the finish crazing, shading, and wear marks are hand applied by expert craftsmen to duplicate the look of the Kochanski today.

Keith, Curtis & Clifton, 2007
Well-aged loft-seasoned tonewoods, featuring a Fine spruce top and flamed maple back, ribs, and neck. Hand-rubbed oil varnish finish and premium fittings.

We do not ship violins out for approval; instruments must be auditioned in our store prior to an approval request.

William T. Rogers,1897
Chardon, Ohio
This instrument has been repaired and refurbished by the Skyline shop and Peter Horn. Its back is boldly figured and it's a perfect instrument for the player who wants a playable, reasonably priced "historical" violin. A piece of Ohio history...ideal for the fiddler or adult student,.

Conservatory Model, early 1900s
"graduated by Chas. M. Cranberger" on label. A nicely flamed basic instrument at a reasonable price.