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16 Best Places to Buy Violins in Illinois

July 26, 2016

 

One of the state in the midwestern region of USA is the 5th most populous state referred to as Illinois. The largest population area in Illinois resides in Chicago. Chicago is also known as the third most populous city in the United States. Within the said state is a number of violin shops that are dedicated in serving and catering any needs of instruments in the violin family. The list below contains these shops including a brief description to acquire an accessible information in searching for a suitable instrument. Check it out especially if you prefer to buy bowed string instrument among available collections.

 

1. Austin's Violin Shop

 

 

This small business has been operating now for about 30 years where the founders are Dana and Patricia Austin. They own an extensive inventory of fine instruments and bows including pernambuco bows with full silver-mounts and graphite Coda bows. They have been of service from private to worldwide clients including the youngest players.

 

Website: http://www.austinsviolinshop.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Austins-Violin-Shop-350566412744
Address: 316 Wheeler Rd, Sugar Grove, IL 60554, USA
Tel: 630-466-7562
Email: info@austinsviolinshop.com

 

2. A 440 Violin Shop 

 

 

This violin shop specializes in the sales, rentals, restoration and repairs of violin, viola, cello, and bass. They are based in Chicago established by cellist Roberta Guastafeste in 1982. They offer items at reasonable and discounted prices. Their clients include the musicians and musicians to be from local, national, and international areas.

 

Website: http://a440violinshop.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A440-Violin-Shop-138418476178730
Address: 2222 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
Tel: 773-348-4949
Fax: 773-348-5836
Email: info@A440ViolinShop.com

 

3. Classic Violins Shop

 

 

 

This family business is a dealer, restorer and maker of handcrafted instruments with superior quality performed by professional violin makers. All items are available in store such as the cases and bags, accessories and stringed instruments for sale and for rent. All varieties of repairs are also performed along with the bow repairs and restorations.

 

Website: http://www.classicviolins.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/classicviolins
Address: 119 W Maple Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060, USA
Tel: 847-970-3797
Fax: 847-388-3923
Email: info@classicviolins.com

 

4. Michael Becker Fine Violins

 

 

Michael Becker Fine Violins is a family owned business by Michael and Jean Becker that started its shop in 1979. They specializes in offering high quality stringed instruments and customer service. They also cater repair and restoration services that utilizes the traditional techniques as well as bow maintenance and repairs. They are available especially in providing the needs of students to professional levels of string players.

 

Website: http://www.beckerviolins.com 
Address: 28 3rd St, Park Ridge, IL 60068, USA
Tel: 847.823.5491
Fax: 847.720.3574
Email: mbeckervlnmkr@gmail.com

 

5. Chicago Strings

 

 

Jeff Yang is the owner of Chicago Strings and also a known violinist nationally. The violin shop is a full service business that offers both antique and modern stringed instruments for sale and rental. Kept in stock also is a full line of accessories, strings, cases and sheet music available at a fair price. In addition, a full service workshop is offered including bow and instrument repair.

 

Website: http://www.chicagostrings.com
Address: 910 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60202, USA
Tel: (847) 440-7940
Email: info@chicagostrings.com

 

6. Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins

 

 

Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins by Stefan and Julian Hersh along with the violin maker/restorer Michael Darnton is a business that offers services for all abilities of string players. They provide a selection of stringed instruments including the exceptional antique Italian instruments and other fully playable instruments and bows in a more affordable price. Aside from the buy and sell, they also cater expert repair and restoration services.

 

Website: http://darntonhersh.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darntonhersh
Address: 30 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA

Tel: 312.566.0429
Email: info@darntonhersh.com

 

7. Gregory S Sapp Violins

 

 

This shop has currently 3 locations around Illinois which specializes in instruments, accessories and sheet music sales and rentals as well as services such as repair, restoration, and creation of instruments. View details of locations below and in their online site to acquire more information about this shop.

 

Website: http://www.sappviolins.com
Address 1: 1036 Sard Ave, Montgomery, IL 60538, USA
Tel 1: (630) 906-0244

Address 2: 40 N Wells St #400, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Tel 2: (630) 421-0244

Address 3: 124 N Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187, USA
Tel 3: (630) 752-0173
Email: info@sappviolins.com

 

8. William Harris Lee & Co.

 

 

William Harris Lee and Company started in the year 1978 and now has developed as the largest and most respected maker of fine stringed instruments in the world. They offer a selection of instruments for sale and for rent along with the collection of new and antique bows. They are also dedicated in providing the needs of educational sectors especially music teachers and students through their Educational Strings program.

 

Website: http://www.whlee.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WilliamHarrisLee
Address: 410 S Michigan Ave #560, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Tel: 800-447-4533
Fax: 312-786-9615
Email: info@whlee.com

 

9. Carl Becker & Son

 

 

Paul Becker is now the President of Carl Becker & Son, a four generation of Becker instruments. They are known as dealers, makers, restorers and experts of violins. The instruments are ranging from modern to some of the rare classical Italian examples of Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu. A comprehensive collection of bows is also available such as works from French, English, and American makers.

 

Website: https://carlbeckerandson.com
Address: 410 S Michigan Ave #436, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Tel: 312-220-9700
Fax: 312-251-5896
Email: info@carlbeckerandson.com

 

10. Seman Violins

 

 

Seman Violins started its business in 1989 specializing in the fine selection of violins, violas, cellos, basses, and bows along with accessories and cases. They handle any services in relation to these instruments including the repairs and restorations. All services are done in the shop with the staff that are all graduates of the Chicago School of Violin Making.

 

Website: http://semanviolins.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemanViolins
Address: 4447 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076, USA
Tel: 847-674-0690
Fax: 847-674-9442
Email: info@semanviolins.com

 

11. Hoffmann Strings LTD

 

 

Hoffmann Strings specializes in traditional stringed instruments such as the violins, violas, cellos, double basses, acoustic guitars and tamburitzas. Their selection of instruments are available to all young and beginner musicians to professionals. They also serve the string community as a full service shop catering the quality rentals, purchase, repair and restoration of instruments.

 

Website: http://www.hoffmannstringsltd.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HoffmannStringsLtd
Address:
16571 W Easton Ave, Vernon Township, IL 60069, USA
Tel: (847) 478-1163
Fax: (847) 478-1164
Email: stringman1@aol.com

 

12. Cassandra Strings, Inc.

 

 

Since 1994, Cassandra Strings has been an active resource for violin family's needs especially in the rental, repair and restoration of instruments. They kept in stock everything from cases and bows to a selection of accessories for the orchestral stringed instrument. Two stores from locations Algonquin and Evanston are established for service to Illinois and neighbouring areas. 

 

Website: https://www.cassandrastrings.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cassandra-Strings-Inc-144201475639795
Address 1: 215 S Main St, Algonquin, IL 60102, USA
Tel 1: 847-458-7386

Address 2: 3409 Church St, Evanston, IL 60203, USA
Tel 2: 847-423-2841
Email: info@cassandrastrings.com

 

13. Peter Yang Violins

 

 

Peter Yang Violins has more than 25 years in working with the finest violins of Stradivarius, Guarneri Del Gesu, Nicola Amati, Guadagnini, Bergonzi and other 17th century instruments. The Master Maker is Peter Yang who worked at some of the world's most renowned violin shops thus he has collected fine and rare instruments from around the world. Services in the shop includes the sales and rentals of handmade instruments as well as restoration, repair and appraisals.

 

Website: http://www.yangviolins.com
Address: 2601 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60645, USA
Tel: 847.256.3342
Email: peter@yangviolins.com

 

14. Sonksen Strings

 

 

Mark R. Sonksen started as a repairer and restorer of violin family stringed instruments since 1995. He has serve aspiring musicians and professionals of all ages and abilities. He specializes in double-basses and bows especially in services such as the set-up, repair and restoration. Items are available in all price range.

 

Website: http://sonksenstrings.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sonksen-Strings/292565624089347 
Address: 1474 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Tel: 312-339-9607
Email: mark@sonksenstrings.com

 

15. Wargaski Violins

 

 

The founder and owner who also creates violins, violas, cellos, and double basses along with his colleagues is Paul Wargaski. They have been of service to Chicago music community. All Wargaski Violins are handcrafted and based from Antonio Stradivari and other Italian masters. Young students are also offered a Worry Free Rental Program to acquire an instrument in an affordable price.

 

Website: http://www.wargaskiviolins.com
Address: 1900 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Tel: (773) 426-7531
Email: paul@wargaskiviolins.com

 

16. Oviolin

 

Our dedicated shop, Oviolin, is always available in delivering to any places in Illinois even if we are not based in this neighbourhood. If you are a player or musician in need of instrument in the violin family, don't hesitate to look at our collection. Browse through our violin catalogue.

 





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