Korinthian Violins offers a wide range of instruments for sale with new things coming in on consignment regularly.
If you need a fractional size instrument, or even a full size but are just beginning, we generally recommend that people rent to start. However if you have plans for the instrument once it is outgrown or are simply more comfortable owning rather than renting, our rental level outfits are $500 for violin, $600 for viola, and $1500 for cello. (We no longer rent cellos, but rental level cello outfits are still available for sale.) Violins and violas include dart shaped suspension cases and a bow, and cellos include a soft case and a bow.
Before you consider buying something inexpensive and sight unseen on eBay, come try one of our instruments and see if it works for you. Often when you factor in the amount of work and adjustment that must go into a cheaper instrument to make it playable, it becomes less of a deal.
Most people coming out of renting who are buying a nicer instrument for the first time tend to budget between $1000 and $2000 for a violin, and closer to $2500 for a viola. Remember to include anywhere from $300 to $600 for a case and bow when making your budget since instruments in this price range do not usually include either. We have several nice things always in stock that work well for people shopping in this range. Space does not allow us to keep many cellos on hand, but we usually have some student models available in the $2500 range, not including the case or bow.
For more advanced players we have instruments that range in price as high as $13,000.
Our suppliers include Eastman Strings, Amber Strings, Arcos Brasil, Amati's Fine Instruments, Everjoy Music, and others. We are particular about selecting instruments and bows directly from representatives as they come through town so we can try them carefully first.
In addition to consignment instruments that come through our store, we also occasionally acquire old or unusual items from Christie's Auction House in New York during their annual instrument sale, as well as work done by Wisconsin makers such as Brian T. Derber.
Korinthia Klein also does work on commission, with violins starting as low as $4000 for a custom built instrument.
We have rental level bows in all sizes available for $50.
For students buying their first better bow we have pernambuco sticks available starting at $120, as well as carbon fiber bows from Coda such as the Prodigy and the Diamond NX.
Better bows start at closer to $450, and we also carry the Coda Diamond GX which is an excellent professional grade bow. Currently we have bows that range in price up to $3500.
Our our most popular violin case is the Courier which is only $150 and has excellent storage capacity. We usually have in stock an assortment of cases ranging from simple dart cases for $30 to $90, to an interesting variety of oblong cases between $150 to $300. Our favorite fiberglass cello case is only $495 and comes with wheels, backpack straps and is available in several colors. We can also obtain special order cases from Bobelok, Concord, and Bam, and anything Shar offers we can usually have within a week.