Why choose Tim Toft Violins?

If you’re looking for an exceptional violin shop, here’s why you should choose Tim Toft Violins in the charming market town of Stone.

Tim Toft Violins is situated in Staffordshire, and we have one of the largest collections of fine violins in the UK and many other instruments. Tim Toft is an internationally recognised violin dealer and a trusted authority on stringed instruments, so you can feel confident that you’re in good hands when choosing the right violin for you.

Tim Toft Violin Shop

Our building, which dates to 1820 spans three floors and provides a perfect setting for our customers to browse and test their selection of exquisite violins and instruments from different eras. We offer a wide range of old and modern instruments, encompassing the baroque, classical, and modern periods, which is one of the most extensive collections in the UK. In addition to our extensive range of violins for sale, we also provide beginner and student violins, as well as instrument rental services.

What can I expect when I visit Tim Toft Violins?

We take pride in being a family-run business. We cater to all levels of experience, whether you’re just starting or are a seasoned pro. Our approach is personal, and we draw on our expertise in playing, appraising, and repairing to provide individualised attention. And if you stick around, chances are you’ll also be treated to some coffee and biscuits!

Tim Toft Violins Shop

Can I try an instrument at the shop; do you have a dedicated space for this?

It’s always a good idea to try out a variety of instruments before making a decision. At our location, we have three separate rooms available for trying out instruments and a repair workshop for any necessary adjustments. The building has a fascinating history, once a solicitor’s office and a draper’s shop. With four storeys, we have plenty of space to accommodate our customers. Restrooms are available on-site, and we are happy to arrange for disabled access if needed. Just let us know in advance, and we’ll ensure the ground floor trying-out room is reserved for your visit.

If you’re planning to drop by during the week, appointments aren’t always necessary but it’s a good idea to reserve a spot on Saturdays. That’s because it tends to be the busiest day.

Our full collection of instruments and bows can be viewed here.

Our services

Repair and restoration

Our violin repair and restoration services are unmatched in terms of quality. We take pride in our ability to repair and restore violins and violas, cellos, double basses, and bows. Our skilled and experienced head of the workshop, Jeongwoon Choi, oversees most repairs carried out on the premises. Learn more here.

Instrument Repair

Valuation and certification

Our team provides consultation services for auction houses, financial institutions, and insurance companies. Tim has built up a vast archive and reference library throughout his 40+ years of attending important instrument auctions worldwide. Learn more here.

Instrument rental

Our ‘Debut’ instruments are perfect for those who are just starting out or are at an intermediate level. These instruments have been expertly improved and set up by our workshop, using only the best quality strings. If you’re interested, you can easily rent these instruments directly from us for a monthly fee. Learn more here.

Hill Bows

W. E. Hill & Son’s reputation is built on their acute attention to detail and commitment to producing exceptional bows that are both beautiful and consistent in quality. The firm employed many fine craftsmen during much of the 20th century. The Hill family has a longstanding history in the violin industry, with a legacy dating back to 1753. They are considered one of the oldest families in England to have continuously worked in the trade. Their attention to detail and commitment to producing exceptional bows has earned them an unmatched reputation in the industry. Learn more about Hill Bows here.

Instruments and bows for sale

The artistry and melody that instruments like violins, violas, cellos, and double basses create have been treasured for centuries. The craftsmanship of these instruments is truly remarkable, and their ability to produce beautiful music is unmatched. However, it is important to note that the bow used to play the instrument is just as important as the instrument itself. Made of horsehair and either Pernambuco wood or synthetic materials, the bow is responsible for producing the sound and tone of the instrument. At Tim Toft Violins, we offer a wide range of stringed instruments and bows for sale.

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Fine violins

Are you looking for a unique and rare addition to your violin collection? Look no further than our selection of fine violins for sale. Each instrument is crafted with expert precision and attention to detail, making them perfect for collectors and professional musicians. Explore our range of fine instruments today and see why so many musicians trust us as their go-to for quality instruments.

“Sound is paramount for a player but it is also vital that they can be confident in the provenance, condition and value of an instrument. This is of particular importance in the case of high-value instruments which also become an investment for the owner.”

Tim Toft

Choosing Tim Toft Violins is an excellent decision for anyone looking for high-quality violins, exceptional customer service, and a knowledgeable team of experts. With years of experience and a passion for music, we provide customers with the best possible experience and ensuring every musician has the tools they need to succeed. So, if you are in the market for a new violin or need expert advice, look no further than Tim Toft Violins.

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