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)
(212) 362-0857
Also accessories, repairs and bow re-hairs

New York Quality Strings
104th and West End Ave
(646) 543-5950

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. 

Shar Music
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.

Southwest Strings
Located in Arizona. Good prices on strings, accessories and instruments. Also has a rental program.

String Works
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
Phone:(212) 769-4559
Fine Instruments and repairs

David Bonsey Fine Violin Shop
250 W 54th St #601, New York, NY 10019
(646) 463-1792
Fine Instruments and Repairs

Chin Yung Bowmaker
250 W 54th St. #708, New York, NY 10019
(212) 582-3626
For bow re-hairs, and bow repairs, Chin Yung is highly recommended.