Maker, Restorer and Dealer in Violins, Violas, Cellos and Bows

If you are looking for a specialist in violins in Dorset then please come to John Dike Violins. John graduated from the London Metropolitan University with a diploma in Violinmaking. With over 30 years experience in the trade he now has a workshop in Sherborne, Dorset. The premises, shared with Compton Pianos (run by another member of the family) gives a welcome to musicians and string players. Helpful advice on instrument matters freely given.

Violin, Viola, Cello and Bows for Sale

A good selection of well set up instrument are usually in stock. The older ones mainly of European origin but also newer ones of good quality to suit most tastes.

For beginners of all sizes the Primavera and Stentor ranges are very affordable. It is possible to try instruments for purchase for a limited period. Part exchange on instruments previously sold is also possible.

Repair and Restorations

A full and professional repair service done with consideration for the musicians playing schedule. Bridges, sound posts, pegs, fingerboards, are common repairs but also more major problems such as cracks, neck realignments, wolf note problems etc. Bow repairs and rehairs with fine horse hair, usually done on Wednesdays. Estimates of cost can be given on viewing.

Strings and Accessories

All major brands of strings stocked at competitive prices and can be posted, such as Thomastick, Pirastro, D'dario, Larsen, Prim, and Corelli.

Shaped and rectangular violin and viola cases. Hard and soft cello cases. Shoulder rests, rosins, mutes, tuners, pickups, metronomes, polish etc. Other services include insurance valuations and instrument rentals especially for cellos. Facilities for most bank cards available.

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Get in touch today for more information on our violin sales, repairs & restoration services.

Please note…

We do our best to keep to normal shop opening times but an appointment is advised and appreciated, especially when travelling a distance.