String Instruments for Every Musician in Calgary

An Instrument for Every Musician

When it comes to string instrument sales in Calgary, 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 excellent condition. With our 80% trade-in policy, we know that many of these instruments will return to our Calgary shop in one way or another.

Our Inventory

In addition to our older instruments, our inventory in Calgary includes many new string instruments that will improve with age. After all, every Stradivarius was once new! Some very fine instruments are 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:

  • Pirastro

  • Thomastik-Infeld

  • D'Addario

  • Dominant

  • Jargar

  • Larsen

  • Kun

  • Comford

  • Wolf

  • Bon Musica

  • Larica (Liebenzeller)

  • Gustave Bernardel

  • Seiko

  • Wittner

  • Manhasset

  • Hercules

  • BowMaster

  • Mighty Bright

  • Strad Pad

  • Hill

  • Psarianos

  • RATstands

  • Stretto

  • König & Meyer

  • Snark

  • iKlip

  • String Swing

  • AirTurn Duo

Children’s Instruments

One of our greatest joys comes when a child chooses their first violin, viola, or cello.

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 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 advanced student in Calgary, looking for that perfect string instrument, you can rest assured knowing that the professionals at V.A. Hill Fine Strings Ltd. will be able to find you an instrument ideally 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.

V. A. Hill Fine Strings Ltd.

Bay 4, 6325 – 11 Street SE

Calgary, AB T2H 2L6


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Please Note: Due to technical difficulties, we did not receive customer comments and questions between May and November 2017. If you attempted to contact us and did not receive a response, please complete and submit another form, or contact us directly at 403-640-3773. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience!

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