The purchase of a stringed instrument is always a very personal
one. There are good choices in every price range. While the
demands of an experienced player are more complex,
the goal of finding the instrument that best suits the temperament
and playing style of the individual is the same at any level.
Although it is not required, scheduling an appointment to
see instruments enables us to give our best attention to your
needs. This allows close comparison of several instruments
in a given price range. Instruments may be taken out on approval
for one week to further assure a purchase choice. We will
also be happy to send instruments to customers when distance
precludes a personal visit.
can be very helpful to students looking for an instrument.
They have professional expertise as players and are in the
best position to know their student's particular needs. We
welcome their involvement in the process, whether they choose
to accompany a student to the shop or review instruments in
a studio setting. While we offer discounts on certain items
to all professionals, we do not engage in financial relationships
with teachers. We feel that maintains the integrity of the
One of the most common questions we receive is "Do you
have any used violins?" Often the prospective buyer is
in search of an inexpensive instrument. Stringed instruments
are not inherently depreciable, so "new" or "used"
per se is not a factor in pricing. The price of a commercial
instrument is based simply on its wholesale cost and the cost
of set-up. However, a vintage commercial or "factory"
instrument will often have a higher value over a comparable
new one. In general, the quality of wood and workmanship are
primary factors in the cost of an instrument. Sound, condition
and lineage are also fundamental in pricing.
Any instrument or bow purchased from us may be traded in for
a single like item of equal or greater value under the following
conditions. Instruments must be in essentially the same condition
as when they were purchased, with no major structural damage,
sound post or bass bar cracks, or revarnishing of the instrument.
Bow sticks and frogs must be free of cracks or breaks. We
reserve the right to determine whether any damage has occurred
and to refuse or reduce the trade-in allowance. Instruments
requiring no repairs will be allowed the full purchase price
less the current price of a set of replacement strings. If
repairs/restoration are necessary, that cost will also be
deducted from the original purchase price. Bows will be given
full allowance less the cost of a rehair plus any required
reconditioning (recambering, bow grips, etc.). The shop trade-in
must be from the original purchaser of our instrument.
(Click on the word "inventory"
to go to our inventory page.)
Kapeller Violins inventory ranges
from modestly priced commercial instruments to fine handmade
instruments. Our entry level instruments offer excellent value
for the more novice player. Our acquisition process includes
a review of each instrument to ensure it meets our high standard
of workmanship. Each instrument is then set up and tonally
adjusted to achieve optimal responsiveness.
While our specific inventory is
always changing, we regularly stock instruments by leading
manufacturers such as Scott Cao, Eastman, Tanglewood and Snow.
We also have a selection of older trade and handmade instruments.
Our inventory of fractional instruments
reflects a broad spectrum as well. We carry a range of bows
from brazilwood and carbon fiber bows appropriate for developing
student players to fine, handmade bows.
call or email us to discuss your