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One-offs, B stock and used modern instruments

Here we list items that are either end of the line, or items I don't normally sell, or used, or that have some slight flaw, or were special finds.  In each case, when it's gone, it's gone.  I try hard to keep this updated so the chances are very high that if you see it here, it is still here.  Antique instruments have their own section.

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 my prices include UK postage


Used Primavera Rainbow outfit in blue 4/4
Excellent condition, almost indistinguishable from new.  Curiously, the bow is a different brand from the one that is now supplied with these violins - it seems a lot stronger.  I suspect this is going to be a better buy than a brand new one for that reason.  £80

Used Andreas Zeller violin outfit 4/4  

Very little use by the look of it.  The P&H bow is fully haired, the violin has only very minor marks.  Shaped styrofoam case does have signs of use but is still in good condition.  Nicely set up with a Teller bridge at the correct height, which suggests to me that it has had some extra set up work, although I cannot absolutely guarantee that, but it does only have factory strings.  List price is £295. £180 


Used Westbury violin outfit 4/4

Violin and case unmarked as far as I can see.  Violin fitted with Dominant strings.  Not a lot of hair on the bow so realistically you will need a new one List price is £300.  £200

New Gewa Allegro violin 4/4
This is new and perfect. The only reason for listing it here is that it is not an item I normally sell.  £200


New Westbury violin 4/4
Violin only but with the bridge properly adjusted (it was far too thick).  The outfit list price is £300.  Worth considering if you prefer to choose your own case.  £170
New Gewa La Passione Venezia violin outfit 4/4 (case is slight seconds and shaped)
Listed here because 1. I don't normally sell Gewas  2. The case is shaped, whereas the present incarnation has a rectangular case 3. One of the case zips sticks so realistically it has to be opened and closed using just the one zip (they go all the way round of course).  The shaped case has the Gewa logo and the outfit even comes in the original Gewa box.  The Venezia is quite a dark brown.  £240
Used Paesold Andrew Schoetter 801 violin 4/4
German made, discontinued model.  Solid woods and ebony fittings of course.  Pro-arte strings and Wittner tailpiece.  Two cosmetic issues, one of which is very trivial.  Photos available.  Includes a basic shaped styrofoam case and a J. La Salle bow (Chinese made, fully lined with abalone slide, straight and fully haired).  £280 
New attractive well flamed gloss finish violin 4/4
I am not entirely sure what this is because it is unlabelled.  I am fairly sure that it is Czech because the size is just too big for any Chinese violins I have seen (they are invariably a little smaller than European violins) and the length overall and of the back exactly matches the Strunals.  However I don't think the width is the same and the f holes are not the same shape.  It has parisian eyes on the pegs, tailpiece and end button.  £350
New Strunal 3310 with scratch 4/4
Dominant strings, Wittner tailpiece.  has a long scratch on the left upper bout.  £550
New Strunal 3310 violin 4/4 with boxwood fittings.  Varnish blemish.
Mail for pictures.  The boxwood fittings make it look a bit special.  Tonica strings.  £600


 Used Heritage Strad violin (from The Soundpost) 4/4

Used by an adult and therefore indistinguishable from new.  Fitted with Pirastro Obligato strings.  List price is £1560.  £1000 

Used Antoni 3/4 size outfit

Case and bow are not original but of similar quality. £40

NEW SG50 violin and bow, and "B stock" case 3/4

Budget model from The Soundpost which is either discontinued or never has been generally available.  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) - and yes I am sure the bow is always that bad!  £50 

Used but upgraded Cathedral blue violin outfit 3/4

New bow (wood, brown), new case (shaped styrofoam), professionally fitted new bridge, Prelude strings.  So it all sounds pretty good and is a better bet than a new one from an online giant who sells them straight out of the box.  The violin itself is in excellent condition and the blue is an attractive blue washed finish.  £80

  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.  Violin only.  £500 (yes obviously there is a significant premium there for its uniqueness). See it here



New seconds Primavera 90 outfit 1/4

Very trivial cosmetic issue (tiny chip on the edge) RRP £112.  £85

Used 1/4 size superior Chinese violin outfit

This is the violin I sell at £400 (violin only), supplied with a brand new Gliga case and with the bow that was originally sold with it, which is the carbon fibre patterned bow I sell at £70.  The bow is missing some hair so may need to be replaced in a few months time.  Or it might last until the violin is outgrown.  The violin itself is an attractive dark brown colour, with no visible marks that I can see, and is fitted with Dominant strings and a Wittner ultra tailpiece.  £350 




Used 13 inch Gliga Gems 1 outfit

These don't come in very often so if you want it, don't wait.  The viola itself is a bit battered, in particular there is a chunk of wood off one of the edges and sticky tapes on the fingerboard to show where the fingers go.  No this will not affect playing!  Dates from 2011.  Dominant strings, fitted Despiau bridge, Wittner tailpiece.  Brand new case though.  Glasser fibreglass viola bow (not violin unlike most violas of this size!) which is not a model I usually sell (this one has the plain imitation leather grip, I normally sell the wire grip version) but the US list price is $75.  The bow is fully haired and straight.  I will provide a new block of rosin too if you remind me.  This is a good buy for someone. New price is £470 (which admittedly would be with a more expensive case).  Pictures  available.  £300

New Primavera 200 15 inch outfit with one faulty zip

The zip pull has come off one of the zips.  The case still completely closes with the other zip  £170

Used Zeller viola and bow 16 inch

Cosmetically challenged (varnish cracks - not cracks in the wood, just in the varnish, this does happen with nitro varnish sometimes due to changes of humidity).  Nevertheless it has Dominant strings and a Wittner type tailpiece.  P &H bow.  There is no case.  Sensible option for a beginner or for a violinist wanting to explore viola.  £100 (or put it in a new shaped styrofoam case for a total of £145)



New 4/4 cello outfit

This one has no label but it does have solid wood and inlaid purfling and the bridge is at the correct height.   Pegs and fingerboard are not ebony.  Tailpiece has four built in adjusters.  Comes with a bag but I don't know whether it is the bag that is supposed to be with it.  Student bow and rosin included.  This is a reasonable buy for a beginner and you could do a lot worse.  £300

New seconds 4/4 Stentor 1 cello outfit

some cosmetic damage most of which is very slight but unfortunately also a long and deep scratch in the varnish on the front.  I have prodded this around and I am as confident as I can be that it is not a crack - and yes I will guarantee that.  Stentor padded bag.  Non-Stentor bow and rosin.  £300

Lightly used and slight repairs - Primavera 100 cello outfit 3/4 size

Came from me new and was then used for a few weeks until the fingerboard came loose (minor job, you just reglue it) and a couple of small cracks appeared in the ribs near the neck for no reason that I can discern.  I have tried to photograph those but so far without success, they have been properly repaired so don't show very much.  The luthier it was taken to by the original buyer said there were nails in it(!) which was completely false and presumably said as a sales ploy (not quite the worst I have heard but certainly in the top three).  Anyway, the fingerboard has been reglued, so have the cracks and they were never going to go anywhere anyway.  A couple of sticky labels are on the fingerboard where the teacher put in position dots, otherwise apart from the issue declared it is in excellent condition.  Considering that a certain large retailer gives only a couple of hundred pounds off for a huge crack in the back of the cello, I think this one is a good buy for a parent wanting a reasonable student instrument on a budget.  The bridge height is low which will be welcomed by most players (to be fair that is how Primaveras come these days).  Bow and bag and rosin all included too.  £220 

Used Gliga Gems 1 cello outfit 1/2 size

This is a very nice buy for someone.  No the saving on new isn't enormous (sorry but I give quite generous trade ins and I do have to charge VAT on all sales including of used instruments) but there are some advantages of this cello compared to a new one.  First, it's better flamed than they usually are these days, more like a Gama would be today.  Second, it has been well played in and sounds wonderful (it sounds pretty good even when played by me, played by a real cellist it will be lovely).  Third, it has a Sandu Stroe massaranduba wood bow which is still fully haired.  I sell those new for £150 so as you can see it is a significant upgrade.  Fourth, unless you go over it with a magnifying glass you are going to have some difficulty even realising that the cello itself is used, it has been very well looked after.  New price is £1400.  This is down below the price of a new Gems 2 but is going to be a much better buy.  Dates from 2010 and was traded in for a bigger one.  I have no idea why this is still here.  £1000



Rather a strange thing to find amongst the used items but I happen to have three used Wolf forte secondo rests.  Two are 4/4-3/4 size and of these one is as new but has a dent in the foam - I am certain that was there when it was first purchased.  £20.  The other has more signs of wear but is still totally serviceable £20.  Also a small one 1/8 to 1/16 which has signs of wear.  £10.  All prices includes UK postage. 


New seconds ("B stock") two star pernambuco Orchestra bow from The Soundpost

Round stick, nickel mounted.  The leather has receded slightly which means that the underlay of the grip protrudes a bit.  Won't affect playing.  List price £238.  This is offered at cost plus postage £165


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



4/4 Stentor styrofoam case, new. £120

3/4 Styrofoam case, used

Good condition apart from what appears to be a material patch on the front.  Fully functional.  £80

3/4 fibreglass case in red, used.  High quality with wheels

Has some minor scuffs as expected.  A nice case though, I have certainly seen fibreglass cases of a lot lower quality.  Pictures available.  £220