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Palmer Violin Shop
cello, violin, viola repair

Instruments for Students

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

The Palmer Violin Shop is a dealer for a number of quality brands of violins, cellos, and other stringed instruments. Many instruments are available in sizes from 1/16 to 4/4.

We carry both new and used European and Chinese instruments, and have the most extensive selection of new European instruments in Arkansas.

Below are some of our more popular models. Come into our shop to browse our complete selection or see available used instruments.

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Century Strings 120 Violin

This intermediate level student model is handmade using a solid spruce top and maple sides and back, with 100% ebony fingerboard and pegs. The hard, caramel brown varnish protects well against dings and nicks, and the sound quality and projection work wonderfully for solo or orchestra playing.

  • Entirely hand-crafted of solid wood
  • Ebony inlaid purfling
  • Ebony fingerboard, ebony fittings
  • Carbon composite tailpiece with built-in fine tuners
  • Despiau Superieur bridge fitted in-shop
  • Comes strung with Dominant strings
  • Available in sizes 4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10 and 1/16

Violin: $475.00

Violin Outfit: $575.00

Violin outfit comes with a plywood-shell case and a carbon-fiber fusion bow.

Save 15% on these essentials when you purchase them as part of a violin outfit.

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Century Strings 220 Violin

These Stradivarius-pattern violins have hand carved solid spruce tops and maple backs. Their lightly shaded antique-style brown varnish has a matte finish. They provide excellent playability and tone in a student instrument.

  • Entirely hand-crafted of solid tonewoods
  • Lightly shaded antique-style varnish Inlaid purfling
  • Ebony fingerboard, ebony fittings
  • All final work performed in-shop
  • Strung with Dominant strings
  • Comes with either an ebony tailpiece or Wittner tailpiece with integrated fine tuners
  • Available in sizes 4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4

Violin: $650.00

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Century Strings 420 Violin

This intermediate instrument has a wonderfully open sound and exceptional playability that defies its modest price tag. It's a perfect match for a player who is looking for an instrument that will allow them to grow as a musician. The seasoned tonewoods are selected carefully, and the instrument is meticulously hand-made and tested for responsiveness. The varnish is shaded and slightly antiqued, and its reddish color stands out in an ensemble.

  • Flamed maple and aged spruce
  • Antique-style auburn/red spirit varnish
  • Inlaid purfling
  • High quality ebony fingerboard and pegs
  • Professional-grade Despiau bridge, fitted in-shop
  • Strung with Dominant, Helicore, or Evah Pirazzi strings
  • Available in sizes 4/4, 7/8, 3/4, and 1/2

Violin: $950.00

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RosaliaPlus Violin Outfit

This beautiful advanced student instrument is made from attractively flamed maple and fine-grained spruce. The varnish is slightly shaded and has a warm look that brings out the beauty of the wood. The tone is powerful and resonant in a manner not usually found in instruments in this price range. This is sold as an upgraded outfit with an oblong case and a true carbon-fiber bow.

  • Hand-crafted from well-figured tonewoods
  • Ebony inlaid purfling
  • Ebony fingerboard, ebony fittings
  • Wittner tailpiece with integrated fine tuners
  • Strung with Dominant strings
  • All final work performed in-shop
  • Full-suspension oblong case with velour interior
  • True carbon-fiber bow with decorative ebony frog
  • Available in sizes 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16

Upgraded Violin Outfit: $748.00

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Hans Werner Violin

Old-world German craftsmanship meets modern acoustics in this advanced instrument from Century Strings. It is made entirely of select European tonewoods, and is meticulously hand-carved to produce a phenomenally open, dynamic tone that embodies all of the characteristics of a quality solo instrument. This instrument is professionally set up in our shop with attractive Bubinga wood fittings, Evah Pirazzi strings, and a professional grade Despiau bridge.

  • Hand carved from European tonewoods
  • Shaded/antiqued oil varnish
  • Upgraded fittings
  • Evah Pirazzi strings
  • Professional-grade bridge
  • Available in 4/4 only

List Price $2,500.00

Our Price: $1,875.00 (25% off list!)

European Instruments from
The Violin House of Weaver

The Violin House of Weaver is a fourth-generation violin shop located in Bethesda, MD. Since the 1980s they've made a name for themselves by supplying high-quality European-made instruments to the American market.

The Beck and Klier violins are constructed in Europe Violin Dealerbut are shipped to the Weaver workshop without varnish and before the final woodworking is completed. The skilled luthiers at the Weaver shop do the final thicknessing, bass bar, and varnish, then send it on to our shop for the final setup.

The Violin House of Weaver only works with select violin shops across the nation. We're proud to be their sole distributor in Arkansas and the surrounding region.

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Martin Beck Violin

These instruments are ideal for intermediate and advancing players who are looking for a violin that has a broad range and a powerful tone. They are noted for having a quick bow response as well, so they are a good fit for a player who is taking on more challenging repertoire.

They are constructed in Romania of high-quality European tonewood. The varnish is tastefully antiqued, and the upgraded boxwood fittings compliment the finish nicely.

  • Available in 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 and 4/4


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Jurgen Klier Violin

The Klier violins continue the tradition established by the original Rudolph Doetsch instruments that Weavers became known for.

They are crafted in Germany of superior tonewoods, and are made to the tight specifications that German luthiers have followed since the 1700s.

These instruments have a great depth of tone and allow advanced players to achieve greater musical expression. Combined with their responsiveness and resonance, these violins are an excellent choice for those looking for an instrument that will allow them to meet their full potential. The reddish varnish is slightly antiqued, and the upgraded rosewood fittings complete the overall warm look of the violin.

  • Available in 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 and 4/4 (4/4 instruments are available in both Guarneri and Stradivari models)


Violas & Cellos

We will be adding an online catalog of our violas and cellos soon. We do have many in stock. Please call or come by to check our inventory.


Please call or come by the shop if you're interested in purchasing a bass.