Bargain Basement / specials / used instruments
Here we list items that are either end of the line, or used, or that have some slight flaw, or were special finds. In each case, when it's gone, it's gone.
For all items listed here you must make contact in person please, there is no online option to buy because stock changes frequently. Payment can be made by card number over the phone or by bank transfer or paypal.
Don't forget ALL our prices include UK postage
Used Antoni 3/4
Trade-in. Basic bow with a reasonable amount of hair, shaped styrofoam case (not Antoni) £40
Used Reghin violin outfit 3/4
Case in good condition. Erich Steiner brand bow which is well haired and straight. The violin has quite a lot of cosmetic damage (no cracks, but a number of chips). Wittner tailpiece and Prelude strings (new) will be fitted as the present factory strings are pretty bad. This comes from the same town in Romania where Gligas are made - but not the same workshop. It's the other maker's equivalent of a Genial 2. Sensible beginner's buy at £100
From The Soundpost, this is the sister model to the Heritage Strad and Heritage Bergonzi which are on our normal product pages. This violin started out as a sale item (from the wholesaler) due to untidy varnish, it has the label but not the certificate. It does have an abnormally small neck angle and therefore has been fitted with a very low bridge but many players like a really low bridge anyway. The list price on this instrument (without any set up at all, not even strings) is £1569.99. This one has been fitted with Pirastro Obligato strings and an ebony Pusch tailpiece with four built in adjusters. Pictures are available. Hear it played by a Grade 5/6 player here:
£600New seconds Primavera 100 violin outfit 1/2 size
The bow and case will be different to those normally supplied with the outfit, but of comparable quality. Also I will supply a proper block of rosin rather than the tiny thing that is supplied as standard. Trivial cosmetic issue. RRP £134. £80New seconds Primavera 90 outfit 1/4
Very trivial cosmetic issue (tiny chip) RRP £112. £90
New seconds Rainbow violin outfits 4/4 blue, 3/4 blue, 1/2 pink. All supplied with Glasser bows
Cosmetic issues - paint on the blue ones, a chip on the back of the pink one. RRP £135 (outfit price). The cases are new styrofoam basic shaped cases. The usual bows have been replaced with Glasser's coloured premium fibreglass bows which are distinctly superior to the Chinese bows normally supplied with this outfit. The Glasser bows have a lifetime guarantee for a start. They have a list price in the USA of $109. The UK wholesaler concerned sells the usual coloured bow at list price £38.50 and the plain brown Glasser fibreglass at list price £57.85 (they don't sell the coloured Glassers but obviously those would be more expensive). The outfit also includes a good block of rosin rather than the tiny block it usually comes with. £90 each
New Rainbow violin 3/4 purple with Glasser bow
Description as above except that this violin is not seconds but perfect. £110. Why hasn't someone snapped this up?
New painted 1/2 size violin, Donald Duck designTruly unique, I am convinced there is no other like this in the world. Perfect for passing down as a family heirloom. I am not giving it away! Actually dates from 2006 but never sold so it probably sounds far better than a new one. £500 (yes obviously there is a significant premium there for its uniqueness). See it here http://elidaviolins.co.uk/pages/painted-violin
Orchestra three star silver model (Chinese, pernambuco, silver mounted) from The Soundpost - RRP £365.21 but this bow somehow did not get stamped. Sold to me at a reduced rate because of the lack of stamp. Grab a bargain! Octagonal stick. I have no idea why this did not sell months ago. £200
Sandu Stroe pernambuco Violin bow 4/4 (new)
This bow has suffered very minor damage in storage - there is a very small chip out of the frog on the right hand side as you hold it. It won't be felt when playing (you wouldn't even see it unless you looked closely, I have been unable to show it on a photograph) and it won't have any effect on the life span of the bow. Sandu Stroe was Gliga's bowmaker until a few years ago and I was devastated when he left. These bows are no longer available from Gliga. Last time I sold a Gliga M1 bow (which is what this is, or rather was, the Master level bows have disappeared from the latest Gliga price list and therefore presumably are not even made any more), the price was £200, and that was several years ago. It would cost a lot more now (the professional model, with a normal retail markup, would now be £145, and that is a lower model) but you can have this one for £200.
Violin Case GSJ rectangular styrofoam (the better one) - new seconds.
Slight cosmetic damage (cat claws - don't ask :-( ). Perfectly functional and unless you are a very careful person it would pick up cosmetic damage within a few weeks anyway. New price is £75. £50
Violin cases sizes 3/4 to 1/4
I have many new seconds (and thirds and fourths!) cases in need of good homes. There is no point in throwing these away so they are all available at £10 to £40 (including UK postage of course) depending on what they are and how bad they look. All are fully functional. The cheaper or worst affected cases are free with a violin. Make contact and tell me what you want and I'll see what I can do.
VIOLASUsed 3/4 size viola bow
Otto Klier Brazilwood. It is quite unusual to find viola bows other than Glasser in this size. Fully haired. Round stick. £60
Used 4/4 Primavera 200 cello outfit with significant upgrades
This hugely upgraded outfit was traded in for a Gliga. It was used by a young player up to a good Grade 6 level. There are no marks on the cello at all. The bag is likewise in excellent near mint condition. The bow does have some hair loss and discolouration of the hair but certainly nothing to affect playing. The upgrades were done by Woodbridge Violins, who originally sold this outfit (18 months ago) for £900 - that price reflects the extra work they did to it. First, it has their own fitted bridge and soundpost - these alone cost a lot of money for cellos. Second, it has been fitted with Jargar strings - these strings have a list price of £124.90 a set. Third, although this has not been spelled out to me, I am quite certain that a shop of Woodbridge's reputation will also have planed the fingerboard and checked the nut and pegs. In short, the cello has been set up to play as well as it possibly can. The present list price for this outfit (which is a very popular award winner) is £799. 18 months ago it would have been a lot less and so that gives an indication of the cost of the extra work. All in all this is a really nice buy for someone moving up from a first cello or perhaps for a discerning adult beginner. I gave a fair trade in price for it in view of the upgrades (significantly more than a new one would have cost me from the wholesaler, but of course that would have been without the improvements) so I am not giving it away. £750
New Primavera 100 3/4 size cello outfit
I am mentioning this because they are still here despite me having the lowest price in the UK (except perhaps for one that is sent without any set up or check at all). Goodness knows why it hasn't gone. Pick it up from my normal product pages for £500. List prices is now £670.
Mollenhauer Ninjo new seconds - the cork came off so I had to fit another. Mollenhauer supplied it but I didn't do as good a job as they do so the cork doesn't quite meet. Doesn't affect playing in any way. The Ninjo was a very popular wood recorder that came below the student and I am sure I was not the only one bitterly disappointed when it was discontinued. £30.
Mollenhauer Ninjo used, no bag. Visible wear to the thumb hole, otherwise perfectly OK. £15
Bought as an experiment, these very beautiful wood stands are made by Gliga. Height adjustable, the desk part can be removed for table top use but most people will want to have this in the music room as a lovely piece of furniture. The desk angle adjusts at least to two different positions. Unfortunately the first one I opened has some cosmetic damage including a chip out of the ledge where it is visible. Nothing that can't be well disguised with an appropriate furniture polish or those crayons that used to be sold for this very purpose by Kleeneze (guess what I did for a living at one time!). I haven't opened the other one, these are solid heavy items which I don't want hanging around unwrapped. I have the dark stained version. £100