Caswell’s Strings

Address: Unit 15, Beaumont Close, Banbury OX16 1TP


Telephone: +44 (0) 1280 707 140

Open Hours Monday-Friday, 8AM – 5PM

Caswell’s Strings has a good online ordering system for buying a well set up starter violin outfit.

It is possible to buy Primavera, Stentor and many other makes of violins in all sizes. There is an option to upgrade the strings – I recommend upgrading the strings to D’Addario Prelude or Dominant (depending on the violin) as this will make a great difference to the sound of the instrument.

Caswell’s Strings are also able to repair violins and rehair bows.

Roger Claridge Violins

Address: Poplar Rd, Botley, Oxford OX2 9LA

Telephone: 01865 725530

Roger Claridge violins are excellent for repairing, adjusting and setting up violins to the optimal playing level for the violinist often making specific adjustments to enable more efficient playing.

They have a selection of violins and bows to try out and set up new violins so that they are in the best possible playing condition.

Derek Roberts Violins

1 Freeman's Close, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6EY  


Telephone: +44 (0)1926 428313 

Mob +44 (0)788 092 6801

Derek Robert's has a selection of violins and bows to try out and sets up new violins so that they are in the best playing condition possible.

He is a violin maker and repairer and is the go-to local person for any advice about repairing or correctly setting up your instrument.

Moseley Violins

Address: 2a Tudor Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8HA

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 693 1214

Moseley Violins sell a range of antique, pre-owned, handmade and new violins. They also have a variety of bows, cases, strings and accessories. The website is their shop window rather than an e- commerce site. Players are welcome to visit and try out the stock.

Moseley Violins are also able to repair violins and rehair bows.

Presto Music

Address: 7 Park Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4QN   Telephone: 01926 886883

Presto music has a good selection of violin and viola music and they can get items in stock as required.

If you need a basic bow it is also a good place to buy it.

The Bristol Violin Shop

12 Upper Maudlin St, Bristol BS2 8DJ

Telephone: 0117 925 9990


The Bristol Violin Shop is the place to buy a violin from if you’d like to order over the phone. If you would like to buy a starter violin outfit they can customise it for you to reduce the cost e.g. if you already have a bow they will remove this from the package and reduce the price. They set up the violins well with D’Addario Prelude violin strings.

They do not have an online ordering service.