When it comes to instrument sales, maintaining a continually rotating quality inventory can be challenging. It is not sufficient, however, to merely have a large selection of instruments. The instruments should also be in the best possible condition. An old violin or cello with a multitude of cracks, poor retouching, and other repairs represents an unsound investment from the standpoints of dollars, tone, and reliability. We only sell instruments that are in very good condition. With our 80% trade-in policy we know that a good many of these instruments will return to our Calgary location in one way or another.
In addition to our older instruments, our inventory includes many new instruments that will improve with age. After all, every Stradivarius was once new! Some very fine instruments are being built these days and, depending on your budget, an excellent new instrument may offer much more bang for your buck.
Below is a sampling of some of the more familiar brands found in our shop:
Euro, Eastman, Suzuki, Hofner, Sheng Liu, Kohr, Yamaha, Gewa, Calin Wultur, and Mezzo-Forte instruments
Handmade instruments by Wojciech Topa, Chipot-Vuillaume, Yang Kai, Maciej Lacek, Quoxing Fan, Paul Hilaire, Jacques Leclerc, El Tesoro, Vasile Mare, Ezio Tanzi, Pawel Migiel, and Frederich Hoyer (Baroque violin)
Bobelock, Eastman, Hiscox, Everest, Gewa, Aileen, and Howard Core cases
CodaBow, J.T. Jet, K. Holtz, Cadenza, and Richter bows
Handmade bows by Manoel Francisco, Juliano Oliveira, Elias Guasti, Luan Ruy, Andre Werlong, Jose G. Bottoni, Ronaldo Siqueira, Egidius Dörfler, Brian Johnson, Bernard Walke, W.E. Hill, Paul Hilaire, Gusto Lucci, Michael Vann, and Raimundo Almeida
We also carry an extensive inventory of strings and accessories from the following manufacturers:
König & Meyer
One of our greatest joys comes from fitting a child with their first violin, viola, or cello.
Here at V.A. Hill Fine Strings Ltd., there is nothing we enjoy more than fitting an aspiring violinist, cellist, or violist with their first instrument. In fact, students who start out with us as Suzuki Twinklers often stick with us for their entire musical career; we are that involved in making sure your child has the perfect instrument throughout the course of their musical studies! Over the years, we have developed a reputation amongst many of Calgary's violin teachers and musicians for doing an exceptional job of fitting young students and advanced students alike. Very often, string instructors send their students specifically to V.A. Hill Fine Strings Ltd. to get fitted.
Whether your little one is just starting out or you are an advancing student looking for that perfect instrument and fit, you can rest assured knowing that the professionals at V.A. Hill Fine Strings Ltd. will be able to find you an instrument perfectly suited to your needs!
We look forward to seeing you in the shop and being your partner throughout your musical education.
"One of the tasks I most enjoy is fitting a child with their first violin! Their excitement and enthusiasm is totally contagious!"
- Vickie Hill, Owner of V.A. Hill Fine Strings Ltd.