John A. Rowen Stringed Instruments in Boxford, Massachusetts, repairs your violin with the utmost care, and can rent you a replacement while repairs are being made.
We offer everything from simple adjustments and crack repairs to total restoration, even making new parts. Our staff can take instruments that some may consider trash and restore them to playable condition again. Bring in your antique instrument and we can refurbish it with modern sound equipment. In addition, we are capable of doing repairs with traditional methods and materials to preserve the original quality of the instrument.
Our violin, viola, cello and bass rentals are for students through advanced players. Our competitive rental pricing starts at $13 a month for superb violins and violas. For students, a rental must be scheduled for at least 3 months. We also have short-term rental agreements for traveling professionals who may not want to travel with their instrument or take it on a plane.
Stop in to see our new and pre-owned instruments. Additionally, we sell instrument accessories including instrument cases, tuning aids, gig stands, sets of strings, bows, music stands, rosin and more.
Our shop can create custom accessories on instruments for disabled players or for players that are left-handed or have arthritis. We also have customized chin and shoulder rests, octave violins, and offer cosmetic and structural recreation of finish.
Get your instrument appraised for insurance purposes. We research the maker's history, current or historical pricing, accurate measurement, description, and assessment of condition.
This is an example of a top-off repair.
Cracks and center seam separations are
fixed using special clamps and traditional
hot hide glue. Cleats of thin close-grained wood are fitted to reinforce the repair
without affecting the sound.