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Fine instruments and bows

Check out our inventory.

We have a wonderful selection of antique, modern and student instruments and bows to fit any price range. Violinists, fiddlers, students and professionals have been putting their trust in The Violin Shop for over 30 years to help them find the right instrument to suit their needs. Let us help you find the right instrument or bow.


Browse our Inventory

We carry a wide selection of instruments to fit every style of playing and every budget.

our repair shop

Instrument care and repair.

The Violin Shop has performed setup,  repair and restoration work for some of the world's most renowned violinists and fiddlers over the past 30 years. Our excellent staff of luthier's have studied and apprenticed with some of the most highly regarded violin and bow restorers and makers in the  trade. We are committed to keeping up to date with the latest repair techniques and we are all accomplished players which gives The Violin Shop something many repair shops don't have, a players perspective.


Schedule a repair consultation

Need to drop your instrument off for repairs or restoration? Get all the answers you need from the experts with a one-on-one repair consultation.


violin, viola, and cello outfits

We’ve got rentals.

A quality instrument is key to the beginning of every musician’s journey, which is why all of us here at The Violin Shop believe that providing great rentals is one of the most important things we do. With our new rental program, we’ve tried to make the process as easy as possible for our customers.


Rent online and have your rental shipped to you hassle free.

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Our Story

Fred Carpenter opened The Violin Shop in 1988 starting in a spare bedroom of his home, then moving into the corner of a friend’s guitar shop, and in 1993 into his own retail space in the Bellevue area of West Nashville where it remained for the next 20 years. As the business continued to grow, it became "the place to go" for fiddlers and strings players both near and far. In 2005, a performance room was added for concerts, workshops and jam sessions, which led to the highly acclaimed Fiddle Masters Concert Series tapings, released on DVD in 3 volumes.

Realizing the need to be more centrally located to accommodate its clientele, in 2013 The Violin Shop relocated to 2504 Franklin Pike, near downtown and Music Row. This beautifully renovated building features an inviting gallery of well over 100 instruments and bows, all beautifully displayed, and a timeless collection of black and white portraits of celebrated fiddlers by photographer Jim McGuire. You’ll also find a complete line of strings, cases and accessories, as well as an on-site repair shop.

Much has changed since The Violin Shop opened its doors nearly 30 years ago, yet Carpenter recognizes that loyalty to his business has remained intact. "A lot of folks have been coming in the whole time that I’ve been here, so it’s been a great way to stay in touch with friends and colleagues that I’ve known for years. That’s definitely been a big blessing for me."



From student rentals to instrument repair for professional players, a lot goes on in our shop which means you probably have a question or two. To make your experience with us the best it can be, we created a list of answers for any question you might have.


Find your answers here