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Assisted Purchase Scheme

 Thanks to a long running government scheme, young players receiving music tuitions at state schools are able to purchase instruments and accessories via their county or school with the VAT deducted. Providing your county participates in the scheme and your child qualifies, all that is required to take part in the scheme is the relevant signed form from your child's teacher, and written approval from your school sent to us prior to your visit.  They can send it via email at or fax to 029 20 25 70 34.  If in doubt please call us on 029 20 22 77 61.  A sale cannot be made without the relevant forms completed.

The VAT will be deducted from the total price of your purchase, and our invoice will be sent directly to your school or county together with your form and cheque.  Instruments over £800 may be taken on approval, with all the paperwork to be completed at the end of the trying out period (some counties charge an administration fee).

  • PLEASE NOTE: Instruments that we sell on commission, as well as instruments in the antique scheme are not eligible for purchase through the assisted purchase scheme.  Please inform us that you wish to use the assisted purchase scheme upon arrival so we can show you the correct instruments. Please also mention it when you make your appointment to visit us on 029 20 22 77 61.

Listed below are the contact numbers for some County Music Services or Co-ordinators.  If yours isn't listed, please search for it online.

Bridgend : Mr Simon Graham : 01656 642 658
Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Music Service : 029 20 640 950
Caerphilly Music Service : Rachel Kilby 07795 391 834
Carmarthenshire Music Service : 01267 267 803
Ceredigion Music Service : 01970 633 614
Conwy Music Service : 01492 575 086
Cornwall Music Service : 01209 721 417
Denbighsire and Flinshire Music Service : 01352 704 097
Devon Music Service : 0845 155 1019
Dorset Music Service : 01258 457 480
Gloucestershire Music Service : 01452 330 330 - 01452 330 292
Gwynedd Music Service : 01286 685 237
Gwent Music Service : 01633 414 800
Herefordshire Music Service : 01432 260 840
Kent Music Service : 01622 691 212
Merthyr Tydfil Music Service : 01443 223 196
Neath Port Talbot Music Service : 01792 846 338
Pembrokeshire Music Service : 01437 775 076
Powys Music Service : 01597 826 117/01686 626 395
Rhondda Cynon Taf : 01443 744017
Swansea Music Service : 01792 846 338
Shropshire Music Service : 01743 874 145
Somerset Music Service : 0300 123 2224
Wiltshire Music Service : 01225 713 845
Worcestershire Music Service : 01452 330 300/01452 330 292
Wrexham Music Service : 01978 317 625

Other county Music Services may be found on the internet.


The Petfield Family, Cardiff

"Purchasing George’s violin was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by the whole family. Magda and Cécile ensured that our afternoon spent at Cardiff Violins was a highly successful one where we were able to purchase a beautiful instrument for George, which was clearly of a far superior quality compared to anything seen previously.

The environment and pleasant ambience of the premises lends itself perfectly to the occasion and allows you to easily concentrate on the matter in hand without distraction. George was able to play each violin in turn, (including a duet with Magda), until he was satisfied beyond doubt, that he had found his favourite.

Each part of the whole process was taken as carefully as the last; whether it was selecting the violin itself or the shoulder rest, bow and case.

A welcome benefit was that the purchase was aided by the 'Assistance Purchase Scheme', which enabled us to save on all the VAT for the sake of two minutes spent filling out a brief form which accompanied our payment.

Most importantly George loves his new violin to bits and plays it at any opportunity. The difference in his playing is obvious and makes us all wonder how he managed so well previously? Thanks again for all your help and we look forward to seeing you soon."

Stephen Cooper, Gwent

"Firstly I would like to say thank you for the supply of a beautiful Violin, my daughter loves it. The sound to my untrained ear is fantastic! Thank you also for the time you spent with our daughter and allowing us to take advantage of the saving by purchasing through Gwent Music Services"

Paul and Rachel Kindred, Gwent

'We have chosen Cardiff Violins as they provide good quality instruments, with good knowledgeable customer service, and trustworthy advice'