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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 Skylark 3/4

Unlabelled but the case is Skylark so I assume the violin is too and that the label has just fallen out.  It's the same sort of quality anyway.  Actually quite well set up with bridge in excellent condition and the whole violin is in very good shape.  Bow has plenty of hair and is straight but the wrapping is unwinding (gluable).  Case has one catch broken but holds fine with the other two and one bow holder is off (gluable).  Alternatively you can have one of our new but cat attacked and therefore junk cases.  £50

NEW SG50 violin and seconds case 3/4

Budget model from The Soundpost (discontinued).  Still solid wood, however, and the set up is actually pretty good.  The case has some dents to the styrofoam.  There is a bow that is the original but it is hilariously awful (though it is straight), and the typical small block of rosin is also supplied.  These outfits (under different brand names) are typically sold by large retailers for between £60 and £70 (presumably plus postage)  £50

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

New seconds Heritage Guarneri violin 4/4

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:


New 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.  £80

New seconds but upgraded Primavera 100 violin only 3/4 size

Gold set up which means it has been fitted with Prelude strings (list price on that is £35.71, on top of the list price for the outfit which is £134).  Scratch on the table, hardly worth worrying about!  I can find you a very cheap bow and case if you want, or source your own.  The price for the violin only is £80

New seconds Primavera 90 outfit 1/4

Very trivial cosmetic issue (tiny chip) RRP £112.  £90

New seconds Rainbow violin outfits 3/4 blue, 1/2 pink.  All supplied with Glasser bows

Cosmetic issues - paint on the blue one, 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 design

Truly 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
New seconds Primavera 90 violin outfit 4/4

Slight cosmetic damage to the violin (a couple of chips). £70


Used but hugely upgraded Westbury violin 4/4 with case

The violin itself is unmarked, having been used by an adult beginner for only six months before being traded in.  The upgrade work was done by David Vernon and includes his own most beautifully fitted bridge (he did my own professional quality viola years ago and he has done this one to the same standard) and Dominant strings.  Comes in the original woodshell dart shaped Westbury case which is likewise in excellent condition.  Bow not included. List price for the outfit is £290, with these sort of upgrades it would be a lot more but of course there is no bow. List price for the bow normally included as part of the outfit is £41.50. This is an excellent buy for £250

Violin bow 4/4 (new)

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 seconds)

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.

Used Sandu Stroe massaranduba wood violin bow 1/2 size

These are nice bows.  Clearly used but still fully haired and straight.  £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.


Used 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


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 price is now £670.

New Seconds but significantly upgraded Primavera 100 cello outfit 3/4 size

The seconds bit: there are a couple of chips in it, not large and obviously will not affect anything.  The upgraded bit: Prelude strings (list price £71.74), a genuine Wittner Ultra tailpiece (list price £26.17) and a professionally fitted bridge (just price that up at any specialist shop!) and professional set up.  You know, the sort you would get in a bricks and mortar specialist shop of the type that won't tell you the prices on the website.  Schroetter cello bow (this is an upgrade on what is normally supplied with this outfit).  Also a block of A&B rosin (list price £5.13), and the bag will be at least as good as those normally supplied with this cello (probably better, it depends where I get it from).  This is a very sensible buy in this price range for any parent who realises that cellos pick up cosmetic damage very easily indeed!  £600

New Seconds but significantly upgraded Primavera 100 cello outfit 1/2 size

The seconds bit: you'll probably struggle to find anything wrong with this cello, I did.  A couple of tiny dents in the varnish on the table.  I wouldn't have sent it back for that but evidently someone did and that's how I ended up with it. The upgraded bit: Prelude strings (list price £71.74), a genuine Wittner Ultra tailpiece (list price £26.17) and a professionally fitted bridge (just price that up at any specialist shop!) and professional set up.  You know, the sort you would get in a bricks and mortar specialist shop of the type that won't tell you the prices on the website.  Bow as normally supplied with this outfit.  Also a block of A&B rosin (list price £5.13), and the bag will be at least as good as those normally supplied with this cello (probably better, it depends where I get it from).  List price is £610.  This is a very sensible buy in this price range and honestly if it had been me buying a cello in this price range I would not have quibbled at all about the dents in the varnish, it will pick up a lot worse than that very quickly!  £600


Schroetter AS26C 4/4  new seconds
Fully lined, imitation whalebone grip, octagonal stick.  There is a strip of hair missing from the middle though this does not affect playing.  Almost worth getting this rehaired.  £30.
Schroetter AS24C 3/4 new seconds
One eye is missing.  I don't think you will feel that when playing. £25




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


Music stands

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