Violin shop in Vancouver


Lisa said: Jul 16, 2012
Lisa HollisViolin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Dorchester, MA
21 posts

Hi fellow teachers,

I live in Colorado but teach two sisters that live in Vancouver, BC, via Skype. They were previously students of mine when we all lived in Bermuda. Well, it is time for the oldest, who is 8 and in Book 4, to get a 1/2 size violin. I am wondering if there are any good shops in the Vancouver area that would serve her well now and in the future. I am hoping they can buy from someplace with a trade in policy so am looking for a shop that would have a good selection of full size violins. Here in the States I usually use Robertsons or Claire Givens, but since Vancouver is such an artistic city, I thought there might be something comparable there.

…..just another complication of online lessons!

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Barb said: Jul 16, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
678 posts

Hi Lisa,

I don’t live in Vancouver, but it’s one of the closest places to me which has decent violin shops! Even though Northwest Music is not specifically a violin shop, they have provided well set-up cellos for some of my students, and definitely have a trade-up policy. I sent them there on recommendation of another cello teacher.

Some of my students have also been very happy with KCM Luthiery, a smaller shop. They have commented on Chris’s great service. Best to phone him first as he’s not open every day. Travels in the summer to workshops, etc.

Krzysztof (Chris) Matyja
4274 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC
V5V 4G2

Phone: 604-251-4309

I’m sure there are other good shops, too, but these are the ones I have some knowledge of.

Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Laura said: Jul 19, 2012
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Palm City, FL
105 posts

Lisa hey!! it’s Laura from NAU. I am NOT in Vancouver (Florida Actually). And don’t know any shops there, but I DO have a store of my own. I get very good Instruments from Howard Core Company. I have a rental program and I sell them as well. I do honor trade ins and I have a trial program. If your student was interested I would be more then willing to help out. (I know you might hesitate since I am out of state, but I mail instruments all the time and I have a few customers renting from me who are out of state. Just in case I can help, here is my info. Check out the website—we specialize in suzuki and have discounts for teachers and schools!

Laura Mozena
[javascript protected email address]

Hope you are well!! Talk to you soon!


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