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Bargain Basement / seconds / b stock / one-offs / 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.  I try hard to keep this updated so the chances are very high that if you see it here, it is still here.

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

 VIOLINS

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 

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

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 http://elidaviolins.co.uk/pages/painted-violin

 

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 seconds ("B stock") Westbury violin outfit 3/4 size

Sustained damage to the case in transit - one of the two bow holders is broken and unfortunately cannot be easily replaced.  The other bow holder is fine.  As a result of the broken bow holder, the bow fell onto the violin had has caused a very small chip in the varnish on the top plate.  Pictures available.  Obviously this does not affect playing. List price is £300. £200

 

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 VIOLAS

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

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



CELLOS

 

Lightly used and slight repairs - Primavera 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.  £300 

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.  Fifth, it comes with a padded bag as well as Gliga's hard case, so you can choose which you use.  New price is £1400.  This is down to 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.  £1200

VIOLIN BOW

 

VIOLA BOW

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


CELLO BOWS

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

 

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