Darnton & Hersh offers for sale a selection of violins, violas and cellos ranging from the most exceptional antique Italian instruments to more affordable but fully playable instruments. We also offer bows in all price ranges including those by the finest French masters. We pride ourselves in providing the same level of service and care to all our customers, no matter what kind of instrument they are purchasing.
For those interested in selling an instrument either on consignment or through outright purchase, we offer a discreet personalized approach backed up by years of experience and results. With trusted relationships among a large international client base of musicians, collectors, patrons and institutions, we are well positioned to handle inquiries in an efficient and professional manner.
For more information on buying or selling an instrument or to make an appointment, please contact us.
FAQ: Choosing an Instrument
Do I need an appointment to come in and look at instruments?
We want your visit to be a good one, so we recommend making an appointment by phone or email. While we are happy to accommodate walk-ins, some of the instruments most suitable for your individual needs could be out on trial at any given time. Because we offer a wide variety of instruments from modern to antique, it is helpful if you let us know in advance the type of instrument you feel is most appropriate for the kind of playing you do and the price range you are looking in.
How much time should I set aside for the appointment?
Plan to spend an hour or two with us playing several instruments in one of our private trial rooms. Most players find looking at too many instruments at one time to be fatiguing to the ear, so we normally select five to ten that fit within your parameters and that we think you may enjoy. As we hear your playing style, we may suggest additional instruments that might suit you.
Do I need to bring my own bow?
Bringing your own bow will eliminate one variable, although we can certainly provide a sampling of bows as well. Similarly, when considering bows for purchase, it’s best to try them on the instrument you’ll be playing on, since instrument-bow synergy can be quite varied.
What happens when I find an instrument or bow that seems to meet my needs?
When you find a violin, viola, cello, or bow you like, we can arrange a trial period so you can get further acquainted with it in context, for example, playing with colleagues or consulting with a teacher.
What else should I know about completing a purchase?
All the instruments we sell come with the respected Darnton & Hersh guarantee of authenticity, and we will clearly discuss the condition of whatever purchase you are considering. We will also make sure the instrument is properly set up to maximize tone and playability.