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.
I can't reduce prices of used instruments through the floor because I have to charge VAT by law and I do offer 50% trade in. Also all prices include UK postage and you have a one year guarantee with used instruments bought from me. If you want cheaper, try ebay or gumtree.
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 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 Forenza Uno 3/4 size violin and case
Not the sort of quality level I usually sell but I acquired this from an auction. My guess is that someone played it for a very short time before the bow fell apart because the violin itself shows no signs of damage that I can see and neither does the case. These bows however are ghastly and frankly if they last more than a week or two you are doing well (check out some of the reviews out there for confirmation of this!) However if you buy a cheap but reasonable bow to go with it (i.e. not the £3.99 including postage variety!) you will pay no more in total than you would if you bought a new outfit of this brand and model and you will actually have something that is usable which will be an improvement on the new ones. It is of course of very cheap construction with painted purfling but it does basically work. Except the bow. £30
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. £100
Used Gliga Gems 2 violin outfit 3/4 size
Dates from 2011. The instrument itself is in good condition with the only thing of note being a small repaired and stable crack on the neck, and marks on the fingerboard where someone had stickers. Hidersine shaped case with the rosin cover pull broken but otherwise good. Pictures available. This outfit will be supplied with a new bow and rosin. New price is £380. £280
Used Gliga Gems 2 violin outfit 3/4 size (another one)
Dates from 2016. Instrument in good condition with a chip off the wood on one side. Case with the bit the bows go into in need of regluing. Upgraded bow (tian yin superior brazilwood) fully haired. New rosin. Pictures available. New price is £380. £280
New painted 1/2 size violin, Donald Duck design
Used 1/4 size Gliga Gems 1 violin outfit
Dates from 2011. Has finger placement stickers but other than that the violin itself is almost unmarked. It is better flamed than they are these days and really very pretty. Fitted with a Wittner centre mounted chinrest. Comes in a rectangular case which is still functional but has clear signs of use, in particular the buckle is at the point of breaking, it closes fine at the moment but once it breaks it will be a matter of opening it once with a pen and then cutting the buckle strap off. It will still close perfectly well with the two zips. Also the straps are missing but I might be able to find you a pair of those if you really want them. There is a bow but it is a cheap Chinese one that was bought as a spare and is somewhat bent. New Dominant strings were fitted at some point but the old ones have been retained and are therefore included as spares. This is a nice buy for someone. New price for my standard outfit is £420 but to be fair that would normally be with a better bow (but without the spare strings and the Wittner chinrest). £300
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 1/8 size Gliga Genial 1 violin outfit
All in excellent condition, dating from 2017. Case blanket lost. New price is £300 so you can save a bit here without compromising anything more than a case blanket. £240
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 4/4 Mayflower cello outfit, upgraded
Mayflower was The Soundpost's budget model before the Primavera 90, so this is old stock but don't let that put you off because this one has a new Despiau fitted bridge, new soundpost and end pin unit and is fitted with Prelude strings. That is at least £100 worth of upgrades even at cost. Better buy than a new Primavera 90? Yes it is. The padded bag is the same as the one supplied with the Primavera 90 but the bow will be a Hidersine. A decent block of rosin will be supplied too. £450
New seconds 4/4 Stentor 2 cello outfit upgraded
This is an interesting one. Somehow or other it has sustained a large varnish blemish on the front just under the end of the fingerboard and it looks as if someone (presumably at the shop it came from, this was from a closing down sale) tried to remove the blemish but actually made it worse. Pictures available. A new, quality bridge has been professionally fitted and that is a significant upgrade. The padded bag is different, I will be supplying a Primavera one instead of a Stentor one (the cello and bag got separated). Also it has a Hidersine bow rather than a stentor one. But it does have a proper block of Hidersine rosin. £500
VIOLIN SHOULDER RESTS (!)
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. Also a resonans, can check which height if anyone wants it. About a fiver will do for that one. All prices includes UK postage.
4/4 Stentor styrofoam case, new but no straps. £1004/4 stryofoam case with wheels in need of wheel repair