Click here to download a PDF on the parts of the fiddle and bow, the names of the strings, and the accessories you'll want.
Violin Rental in NYC
If you're just starting out, I recommend renting over purchasing, because good fiddles can be pricey, and bad fiddles are everywhere. What's a good fiddle? One that sounds decent, stays in tune, and is free of structural problems (cracks, slipping pegs, warped or poorly carved bridges, fingerboards that need work, necks at the wrong angle, no sound post or a poorly fit one, etc. - you see, a lot can be wrong with it!). It's better to wait until you know a bit more.
Strings and Other Things
1995 Broadway, 6th Floor (67th/68th).
Also accessories, repairs and bow re-hairs
New York Quality Strings
104th and West End Ave
Fiddles, Strings and Accessories
These online resources tend to be less pricey than shops in the city.
Concord Musical Supplies
Located in New Jersey. Fast service and great prices on strings and accessories including electronic tuners.
Johnson String Instruments
Located in Massachusetts. Great selection of instruments and accessories. Has an instrument rental program.
This online violin shop, based out of Michigan, has nearly everything at good prices. Has an instrument rental program.
I find this chart very useful in choosing what strings to buy.
Located in Arizona. Good prices on strings, accessories and instruments. Also has a rental program.
Sells good, reasonably priced instruments out of Wisconsin. Has an excellent rental program. Fast service.
Repairs and Bow Re-Hairs
Your fiddle may need work, or your bow may need a re-hair. Here are few places you can take it.
David Segal Violins
74 W 68th St # 1C
New York, NY 10023
Fine Instruments and repairs
David Bonsey Fine Violin Shop
250 W 54th St #601, New York, NY 10019
Fine Instruments and Repairs
Chin Yung Bowmaker
250 W 54th St. #708, New York, NY 10019
For bow re-hairs, and bow repairs, Chin Yung is highly recommended.