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"As Executive and Artist Director of the Academy of Strings, I can recommend The String House of Rochester, New York without hesitation. They have provided instruments of outstanding quality and value to our students for over fifteen years. Their willingness to work with our families in their choice of an instrument is in my opinion, second to none in the country. This type of service and genuine interest in matching instrument to musician is hard to come by these days. When you couple sincere help and advice with the highest value pricing I have seen, you end up with a winning combination."

Timothy Barrett
Executive and Artist Director
Academy of Strings, Johnson City, TN


In 1998, The String House formed a relationship with a fine workshop in China. Instruments are made according to our specifications regarding dimensions, graduations, varnish and wood quality.
Because of their visual beauty and wonderful tonal qualities, these violins are currently being enjoyed throughout the USA and are the choice of many teachers for individuals in need of a fine student violin.
Below is a list and description of models available.


The Martello is a fine handmade violin with exceptional full, rich, responsive tone. This instrument is finished in our shop with fine fitting pegs, professional bridge, and properly shaped fingerboard. The varnish is an attractive red brown color. High quality strings (Dominant, Obligato, Pirazzi). Available in 1/2 – 4/4 violins only.

The Martello Violin:
$425.00 1/2, 3/4, 4/4


The Tartini is the best-selling and highly preferred violin by teachers throughout the country. They are beautifully handmade violins with only highly select and attractive wood and the tone is very impressive. This violin is available in 3 models; Stradivarius, Professional, and Master Art.

Tartini “Stradivarius Model” Violin:
$ 525.00 1/16, 1/10, 1/8
$ 650.00 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, 4/4

Tartini “Professional Model” Violin: Fine wood and darker tone quality
$ 795.00 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4
$ 895.00 7/8, 4/4

Tartini “Master Art Model” Violin: Fine wood and mid-range tone quality
$1150.00 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4
$1250.00 7/8, 4/4


The DeSanto is the highest level violin we directly import from China. It has the highest flamed maple back and a full projecting responsive tone throughout the violin.

The DeSanto Violin:

$1250.00 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4
$1850.00 7/8, 4/4


We highly recommend Gottfried Lembock violins. They are outstanding hand crafted violins made in the antique style from Germany. These violins are made on a slightly smaller model making them more comfortable for a smaller person. The tone is very responsive and of a warmer color.
Available in 1/8 – 3/4 violins only.

Gottfried Lembock Violin:
$ 900.00 1/8
$ 950.00 1/4
$1000.00 1/2
$1050.00 3/4