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.

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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FENG JIANG 2013

Delightful violin from America's most acclaimed modern maker, with a gloriously bright, clear and vibrant tone.  Projects powerfully whilst retaining subtlety and sweetness.  Ideal for chamber and solo playing.

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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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AUGUSTE SEBASTIEN PHILIPPE BERNARDEL

Violin in our opinion by Auguste Sebastien Philippe Bernardel, labelled 'Nicolas Lupot, Luthier, rue Croix de petits Champs a Paris, l'an 1803'

1-piece back 14 1/8 (356 mil), well flamed. Ribs and scroll similar, belly of fine to medium grain. Rich reddy-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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PATRICK JOWETT 2009

Violin in our opinion by and labelled "Patrick Jowett, violin maker, Rottinghall 2009". 354 mil, 2-piece back, medium flame, ribs and scroll similar, medium grain on belly, orangey-yellow 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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JAMES FINDLEY 1869

James Findley, maker, Padanarm, Forfar, 1869.
2-piece back 14 1/4", 362 mil, fine flame, rib and scroll similar, medium to large grain, warm golden varnish.
Very powerful, clear and generous violin. A must to try!

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JAMES FINDLEY 1860

James Findley, maker, Padanarum, 1860.

One-piece back 14 5/16", 360 mil,  medium faint flame, ribs and scroll similar, Fine grain on belly, rich brown varnish on golden basse.

Beautiful mellow base and sweet yet powerful sound. Must absolutely be tried!

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JAMES WILSON

Violin with no label, following inscription hand-written on inside back: 

Made by
James Wilson
Greenock n 43
19/04

13 3/16 = 356 mil, plain wood, cut on the slab.  Ribs well flamed, plain scroll, medium grain belly.  Craquelured in mid-section.  Vibrant orange/brown varnish.

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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

Recent addition from Federico Falaschi.  Beautiful tonally and aesthetically, we highly recommend trying it.  For more on Federico please click here.

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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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MARION BENNARDO

This is one of Marion's earlier creations, and it is in our opinion a very accomplished work for a college student. This violin has been convincingly aged and is finished in a dark brown varnish. It possesses a deep and powerful tone.

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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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ERNST HEINRICH ROTH 1927

Violin in our opinion by and labelled :

Ernst Heinrich Roth, Markneurkirchem, 1927
Reproduction of Antonius Stradivarius Cremona 1724

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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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WOODING

Labelled 'J T Wooding 22 Gower Street Swansea'.  2 piece back of narrow to medium flame, similar scoll and ribs, belly of medium flame.  Rich orangey brown varnish on golden base

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GERARD KILBRIDE

Labelled:

'kil 
bri 
de'

2 piece back with a narrow flame, scroll and ribs with similar flame, belly medium grain .  Rich reddy brown varnish.

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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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VINCENZO FERRETTI

Modern Italian violin labelled:

'Vincenzo Ferretti Fecit
Neapoli Anno 2004 VGA
Signed ‘Vincenzo Ferretti’

Stunning one-piece back with very tight wild flame, medium to wide flame on the ribs, scroll fine to medium flame, belly fine to medium grain

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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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SUSANNA SILBERG

Beautiful violin from contemporary maker Susanna Silberg.  Made in 1995 this charming violin features a beautiful honey mustard on golden yellow varnish, which perfectly complements its warm and rich sound.

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LAURA VIGATO 2014

Delightful violin from renowned maker Laura Vigato, born in 1958, Italy, where she continues to make instruments today. Highly recommended!

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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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CARLO TONONI

Beautifully varnished violin with a very elegantly carved scroll.  Made in 1717, this violin has matured to produce a very refined and full tone.

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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.