Three weeks ago I was throwing ice melt on my sidewalk--today the lawn was mowed for the third time. Welcome to Central New York and our wacko weather. Of course, spring brings out the best in us, and that includes instrument solo competitions and the final concerts of the school year for the many school orchestras in the area and the Syracuse Youth Orchestras.
This is also the time that many string instrument players choose to obtain new instruments. For the younger ones it's usually the desire to own an instrument rather than to rent. For the more experienced players it's often the necessity to produce a better, more complex, and more powerful sound. For whatever reason, we have the instruments and bows to make it happen for you.
There are a number of new offerings in the student instruments listed below. In order to keep the price of my entry level instruments below $500 I found a couple of new suppliers that I am quite happy with. My goal in the lower priced instruments is to sell you something that I would be proud to stand behind (and with cases, able to stand on). These instruments from GEWA and from GCV fill the bill quite nicely. In the $600 to $800 area there a few new appearances, the most striking being the violin from HYV with beautifully flamed maple and tastefully shaded varnish. The violins from Hua Chan Jun, at $800, are absolutely stunning in both appearance and sound, and they have just started making violas in that grade as well. Their cellos have been a mainstay of this shop for years, at a mere $2200. The violins, violas, and cellos from Samuel Shen are well represented by the fact that I can obtain any of them within a day since the distributor is in Rochester.
If you are shopping for a higher grade and possibly vintage instrument, please call. A visit to the instruments section of this website will provide descriptions and photos of many of the better instruments on hand, but I'm usually behind in this task, so let your fingers do the walking.
Carbon fiber bows are becoming the standard below $300. I can't find a wood bow for less that $300 that is stable, so CF is the way to go. Pernambuco bows from Brazil start at $325, and we have a nice selection from Waterviolet, Arcos Brasil, and Horst John.
Now, what can I offer you that you can't find online for less? SERVICE, that's what. All the instruments I sell are set up by me to my exacting standards. You will only find quality Pirastro, Thomastik, or D'Addario strings, the necks are smooth, the playing action is easy, the pegs work well. Even the entry level instruments receive the same care as the $2000 ones. If you have a problem with any instrument I have sold it's unlikely that you will have to pay to have it fixed (basic maintenance and accidental damage excluded). Reliability is probably the most important factor in choosing an instrument at the dealer level, and my 42 years of experience allows me to choose only the best instruments and bows for my clientele--ones that I can stand behind.
VIOLINS AND VIOLAS
|GEWA Ideale (Beijing)||$ 450.00|
|Deng Yan Shan||$ 450.00||$ 600.00|
|Xuechang Sun mod. 100||$ 450.00|
|Hua Yin||$ 600.00|
|HYV Violin Co. (Beijing)||$ 600.00|
|Jian Ming Li||$ 600.00|
|Samuel Shen Mod. 300||$ 800.00||$1,000.00|
|Vasile Gliga mod. G2 (Romania)||$ 800.00|
|Tian Li||$ 800.00|
|Hua Chang Jun||$ 800.00||$1,200.00|
|C.L. Wynn mod 320||$ 800.00||$1,000.00|
|Snow mod. 200 (Xueping Hu)||$ 950.00|
|Caprice (Yanbing Chen)||$1,000.00|
|Paolo Lorenzo (Deng Yan Shan)||$1,000.00||$1,200.00|
|Peter Kaufmann (Deng Yan Shan)||$1,200.00||$1,500.00|
|Ivan Dunov (Romania)||$1,200.00|
|He Guang Hong||$1,200.00||$1,500.00|
|Hua Chang Jun||$1,200.00|
|Carlo Moretti (Zhonglong Sheng)||$1,200.00||$1,500.00|
|C.L, Wynn mod. 420 Sspecial||$1,500.00|
|Sandro Luciano (Beijing)||$1,800.00|
|Hua Chang Jun||$2,000.00|
|Clement and Weiss (Germany)||$1,800.00|
|Camillo Callegari (He Guang Hong)||$1,800.00||$2,200.00|
|Mingzhang Zhu mod. 905||$2,200.00|
|Xuechang Sun mod. 300||$1,200.00|
|Samuel Shen mod. 200||$1,500.00|
|Samuel Shen mod. 300||$2,200.00|
|Hua Chang Jun||$2,200.00|
HOURS: TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 11-5 SATURDAY 11-4 (SATURDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY FROM JULY 6 TO AFTER LABOR DAY)
If you have been renting, perhaps this is the time to buy your first instrument. Before you take advantage of any incentives from your rental company, be sure to explore the large selection of instruments at Hosmer Violins. Our entry level instruments are the best available, and we keep the prices on our more advanced instruments very reasonable. Of course, our price includes our own meticulous setup and adjustment, which is especially important with less expensive instruments because they are never set up properly at the factory or at the distributor. With our variable climate, even the best setup needs tweaking (seam openings, neck angle changes, sound post adjustment, etc.), and we cover these adjustments free of charge for the first three years of ownership, after which time most new instruments have become more stable. With this in mind, a free tubular humidifier is included with all instruments.
We are dedicated to providing you with quality. Whether it's instruments, bows, cases, accessories, or repairs, we offer you the best in professional service.