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Violins

We build, repair, and sell some of the finest violins in Chicago. The instruments shown on these pages are a representation of the range that we offer for sale. Our inventory changes quite frequently. We truly enjoy helping a player search for a new instrument, and we are always available to find an item for any budget. For a comprehensive list of instruments and bows in any price range, please email us here sales@semanviolins.com

J.B. Guadiagnini, “Koldofsky”, Turin, 1781

A wonderful example from Guadagnini's Turin period. Elegance and power define this instrument's sound. Played in the Chicago Symphony for 45 years by Francis Akos, this is the first time it has been on the market for decades.

Joseph Hel 1895 violin

Joseph Hel, Lille 1895

This is an excellent example of the makers work in very good condition.

Herman Macklett, Chicago 1876

This early Chicago maker was the maternal Grandfather of Carl Becker Sr. An excellent example with great projection and color.

Primo Contavalli, Imola, 1964

Unique modeling, varnish and workmanship are all hallmarks of this Italian maker. Quick response, comfortable to play, and great tone and response.

George Craske violin

George Craske, London

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Gand and Bernardel, Paris 1869

This violin features precise workmanship and beautiful varnish. With a clear, powerful sound this instrument is well suited for solo and ensemble pieces.

Joseph Filius Andrea Guarneri, Cremona 1720

A gorgeous example from a golden period, Cremonese master.

Carlo Bergonzi, Cremona 1730

A beautiful example by this pupil of Stradivari.