The Chimneys Violin Shop

Violin Makers Workshops
Apprenticeship Program
Rental Program
Violin Making BOOKS

Welcome to our Violin Shop

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Welcome to our online violin shop! We sell and rent the violin, viola, cello, bass, their bows, and their accessories. We do world class repair, restoration, and setups, and hand craft new violins, violas, and cellos. We also sell music related gifts including: jewelry, t-shirts, mugs, tote bags and more. The Chimneys supplies student instruments to a large number of schools in the central PA region.

So, what does The Chimneys Violin Shop have for you that other violin shops and music stores do not have?

First: A Master Violin Maker, Nelson P. Steffy. Nelson began his apprenticeship with our founder, Edward C Campbell, in 1998, then continued to work with Ed until Ed's death in 2015.

Second: A violin making school. With violin making students asking: what is this? what does this do? how does this affect the tone? why doesnít this sound right? why do you do it that way? answers need to be found. And over the last 50 years, answers have been found here in The Chimneys Violin Shopís Violin Making Apprentice Program. When the goal of every student is to make instruments that sound as good as their teachersí, great things happen. In addition to teaching how to construct an instrument, we also teach how the instrument works so that when an instrument does not work as expected, it can be fixed. Itís amazing how well an instrument plays when all of its sub systems are working together.

Third: We believe that better instruments make better players. How so? When a beginner canít make their instrument sound like others they hear being played, the assumption is always that it is their fault. They just canít play very well. Many times it is not the player but the instrument that sounds bad. Even for advanced players, if their instrument sounds unbalanced, harsh, and bright, or it does not ring, respond, or do harmonics, it just isnít much fun to play. So they never develop into as good a player as one who thoroughly enjoys playing on their well made instrument with a professional set up and good strings. This is true at all levels of ability. Therefore, we offer you excellent instruments. Playing should be a pleasure, not a chore.

Fourth: We offer two ways of acquiring a excellent violin. Rent one or purchase one.

We invite you to browse through our Gallery, read about our Rental Program, look at our Bows, and visit our Gift shop.



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