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"Congratulations to The String House for filling the void that used to exist in finding quality hand-made violas in small sizes. Now one can progress to a larger size all the way to 16 1/2" as one grows, knowing that the quality of instrument will be maintained and the financial trade-in policy be in place. I greatly admire the tasteful craftsmanship in these violas; they provide an ideal voice for the development of each student's individual tone."

William Preucil, Sr
Professor of Music Emeritus
The University of Iowa


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