Violins for Advanced to Professional Players

We stock a broad range of antique and modern instruments to cater to professionals and conservatoire students, with many new instruments modelled on the Italian masters , such as Stradivari, Guarneri Del Gesu, Carlo Bergonzi, Guadanini, Montagnana and other celebrated Italian, German, French and British violin makers.

We encourage customers to relax and enjoy trying our instruments to ensure you make the right choice.  You will have the opportunity to spend as much time as needed in one of our dedicated “trying out” rooms because all violins, and especially professional violins and those for conservatoire students are an investment that require time and consideration.

We strongly recommend that you experience our whole range of new, used and antique violins.  As well as a large selection of second hand violins and antique violins, we have many new instruments by contemporary makers that are well worth trying.

Please contact Cardiff Violins for an appointment on 029 20 22 77 61.

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The instruments below are for illustrative purposes only, please call 02920 227761 to enquire about availability.

E. DODDS ROMANTIC VIOLIN WITH BAROQUE SET-UP

Beautifully carved and featuring a finely grained belly, coated in a rich honey brown varnish.

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UNLABELLED ANTIQUE GERMAN VIOLIN

Elegant and delicately made German violin, circa 1930.  Recommended for an advanced student.  Call 02920 22761 to book a viewing.

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LUIGI SALSEDO 1910

Antique Italian violin perfectly suited to an advanced student or professional.   This violin possesses a soaring tone, rich and resonant, which is perfectly complemented by its deep chestnut varnish.

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COLIN CROSS 2011

Guitar shaped violin overlaid with a rich amber varnish, inspired by a violin made by Antonio Stradivarius, once played by Joshua Bell. Recommended for an advanced student or professional.

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PAUL BAILLY

Handsome antique French violin, made circa 1880, featuring a subtly grained belly and a striking bird's eye maple one-piece back, both coated with a lustrous golden varnish.  Chamber musicians and soloists will appreciate this violin's nuanced and engaging tone.

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ERNST GLASEL

Antique German violin made circa 1900, featuring a finely grained belly, overlaid with a warm honey varnish.  An excellent instrument for an advanced student or accomplished amateur.

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CLAUDE AUGUSTIN MIREMONT 1867

This fine French violin has a bright tone and a sweet upper register. A powerful violin capable of the projection required by a professional violinist.

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ANTONIO CAPELA 1972

14”/358mm.  Two piece back with a regular medium flame, with a well matched scroll and ribs.  Medium to wide grain across the belly.  Amber varnish.  Highly recommended for a professional player or advanced student.  Call 02920 227761 to book a viewing.

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ANTHONY PERRY 2000

One-piece back with wild figure. Its smaller than usual dimension is ideal for somebody looking for a more manageable violin, whilst retaining the strength and projection of a larger violin. The sound is focused with a rich bass and a sweet treble.

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GUSTAVE BAZIN

Modestly priced violin with a beautifully clear and focused sound; ideal for a professional or an advanced student.

13" (357 mm) two-piece back, with medium to wide flame descending towards the edges. Matching ribs, plain scroll, belly of medium to wide grain.

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PAUL BAILLY

Stunning bird's eye maple one-piece back, 14" (357mm), ribs of the same bird's eye maple, belly of fine to medium grain.

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ERIC JACKSON 2011

Labelled "Eric Jackson, Isle of North Uist, 2011"

Two-piece back of matching medium flame
LOB 35.2 cm, 13 3/16"

Ribs of medium flame, belly of small to medium grain, scroll with medium flame, rich brown varnish on orange base.

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JOHANN GOTTFRIED DORFELL 1793

Violin labelled "Johann Gottfried Dörfell… 1793" with illegible German writing between the name and the date.

One-piece back, 14 1/8 (356 mil). Plain back with intentional ornamental grooves in the 4 corners. No purfling. Partially carved scroll. Plain ribs and scroll, belly of fine to medium grain with intentional ornamental grooves in the 4 corners, as on the back, but fainter due to wear. Dark brown varnish.

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WALTER MAYSON 1891

Violin in our opinion by and labelled "Walter H Mayson, Manchester n 35 (signature) AD 1891"

2-piece back 14 3/16 (36 cms). Narrow to medium flame, plain ribs and scroll, belly of wide grain.

Attractive reddy-brown varnish.

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ROMEO FRANCHI 1927

Violin labelled "Romeo Franchi fecit Cremona 1927" and hand-signed "Romeo Franchi" One-piece back,  narrow flame, ribs and scroll plain, fine grain on belly. Strong direct and powerful sound, well articulated.

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DON TATEM

We are delighted to offer this very versatile Don Tatem violin, with an amazing list of achievements. In the last 7 years, it has played in a huge variety of classical and jazz concerts and on albums for Spandau Ballet, Leona Lewis, and Annie Lennox.  It has backed world famous artists such as Katherine Jenkins, Little Mix,Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Patrick Swayze, Ewan Mc Gregor, Shakira and Boys 2 Men, to name but a few.  It has performed in West-End shows such as 'Phantom of the Opera','Guys and Dolls', 'Legally Blonde' and 'Les Miserables', as well as on TV.

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FEDERICO FALASCHI

A beautiful violin inspired by the great maker Ferdinado Garimberti, carved from fine Balkan maple.

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WILLIAM ROBINSON 1955

Violin in our opinion by and  labelled 'William Robinson, Plumstead, London, A.D 1955, N0 413, WR.

 

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MARTIN MORRIS, STRAD IMITATION

Martin Morris is an established maker, restorer and repairer based in the Bodmin Moor/Tamar Valley area of Cornwall since 1992.  For more on Martin please click here.

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LADISLAV PROKOP

Ladislav's methods are based upon understanding and utilising the principle techniques of the 18th century luthiers, to create instruments rich in sound, power, and responsiveness, with an appealing appearance.

This violin is a prime example of Ladislav's exceptional work and we highly recommend anyone looking for a high quality violin to book an appointment to see this violin immediately!

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ERIC JACKSON

This beautiful violin is yet another example of Eric Jackson's talent. Handsome and powerful yet with enough sweetness to charm players and listeners, this violin has many hidden secrets waiting to be revealed. Come and try it! 

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DROUIN ELEVE 1865

Beautiful French violin labelled 'Drouin Eleve de Vuillaume 1865'
1 piece back of beautiful medium flame descending to the right 
Scroll and ribs of medium to wide flame, Belly of medium grain , Rich orangey brown varnish over golden base

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BETTS

School of Betts violin
2 piece back of beautiful fine to medium flame , ribs and scroll similar, belly of fine to medium grain 
Very beautiful rich chocolatey brown varnish over golden base

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GUSTAVE BAZIN

French violin labelled :

'Gustave Bazin
Ex-ouvrier de M Ch J.B. Collin-Mezin
De Paris'

2-piece back of very attractive wide figure, ribs of wide figure, scroll of tight figure, fine grained belly, rich orangey-brown varnish

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JEAN BAPTISE, VUILLAUME IMITATION

Violin labelled:
Copie d'Apres Jean-Baptise Vuillaume de Paris

2-piece-back of fine to medium flame, scroll of similar flame to back, ribs of fainter medium flame, belly fine to medium grain, golden brown varnish

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ELSPETH ROWE 2001

Violin labelled:

'Elspeth Rowe Luthier 
No. 87 2001 
Silver medal Cremona' 

2 piece back with medium flame, ribs and scroll similar, tight narrow grain, 2nd hand violin’

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GIOVANNIA MARIA DEL BUSSETTO 1659

Labelled:
'Gio Maria del Cremona 1659'
2 piece back of very well matched flame descending to the right, ribs medium to wide, plain scroll, belly of medium grain

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ELSPETH ROWE 2014

Labelled:
'Limited Edition Hand Made by Elspeth Rowe
2014 no.159
Silver Medal Cremona'

Beautiful one piece back with tight vertical flame, ribs and scroll of tight flame, belly with very tight grain and rich orangey brown varnish

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CHRISTOPHER ROWE 2009

Charming violin from contemporary maker Christopher Rowe. Label: Christopher Rowe, Isle of Wight 2009, 346.  Length: 35.3 cm/ 13 7/8 inch


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PAUL HARRILD GUARNERIUS IMITATION

Stunning copy from Paul Harrild whose violins are played in many of Britain's finest orchestras as well as being sold all over the world!  Truly an excellent craftsman.  

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FELICIANO GUARIGNINI

Label: Feliciano Guarignini, ''Il Suono''
Features a deep and rich orange on honey yellow varnish, and a striking two piece back with a gently descending flame. 

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PATRICK JOSEPH BARDEN 2015

An excellent choice for professionals or advanced conservatoire students seeking a very well rounded and balanced violin.

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FELICIANO GUARIGNINI

Another outstanding Guarignini violin.  Be sure to book a viewing soon, as it's unlikely this violin will stay in the shop for long.  Call 02920 227761. 

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The above listings represent a very small portion of our stock.  For more information on current stock call 029 20 22 77 61.