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
David Gage String Instruments
36 Walker St, New York, NY 10013
Also sales, accessories, repairs.
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.
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.
International Violin Company
Located in Baltimore, Maryland. You'll need to LOG IN to see prices on strings, instruments, bows, and cases, which are great. They also have all the tools of violin making. Want a sound post setter? This is where you go.
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
Salchow and Sons, Bowmakers
119 West 57th Street, Suite 1414, NY 10019
Great bows and re-hairs.
Chin Yung Bowmaker
1841 Broadway, suite #604, New York, NY 10023
For bow re-hairs, and bow repairs, Chin Yung is highly recommended.
Matthias Lehner Violins
46 W 65th Street, Garden Floor, New York, NY 10023
Great for repairs, sound post adjustments, and re-hairs.