Shop, in its 45th year of doing business, offers one of the most extensive collections of
instruments and bows available. All instruments and bows are in stock and available
for examination and trial. Clients who are seriously searching for a quality
instrument or bow can make arrangements for examples to be sent to them for home trial.
Members of the Brobst staff
recognize the need of the buyer regarding tonal demands, condition and originality.
They draw upon their experience as players and connoisseurs to select instruments with the
necessary tonal properties for concert and professional use. They maintain a repair
and restoration department to insure that instruments and bows are properly set up,
adjusted and maintained. Experienced as collectors, Brobst staff members constantly
seek to acquire only the finest examples, guaranteeing their originality both through
their own certifications and corroborating certifications from other leading experts.
When you contact Brobst Violin
Shop, you are greeted pleasantly and professionally. Descriptions are given of
instruments and bows which fit your stated price and tonal requirements.
Arrangements can be made for an instrument or bow to be shipped by FedEx for a trial
period in the home. Or, perhaps a visit to the shop can be arranged, enabling you to
compare many instruments and further benefit from the personal contact with a staff member
who will recommend and advise. Our acoustically engineered sound room enables you
to try instruments and bows in private.
Gerald Brobst is president and
director of Brobst Violin Shop. He is a violinist, collector and connoisseur, as
well as a violin maker with an output of twenty instruments. David
Brobst is a violin maker and restorer, collector and connoisseur, with background as
an artist, holding a degree of Master of Fine Arts. Sharon Brobst Barnum is a
violinist, bow maker/restorer, and connoisseur with a degree in musical performance.
Graydon Barnum is a musician holding a degree in music industry, a connoisseur of musical
instruments, and manager of business affairs. Emily Brobst is manager
of the string music
department and a former string teacher.
In addition to their fine
instrument department, Brobst offers a wide range of strings and accessories as well as an
extensive inventory of string music (7000+ titles), available at their store or through
phone and mail ordering. They further offer harps by Lyon & Healy for sale or
rental toward purchase.
In the Washington, DC, Metro area,
Brobst has long been successful at operating a student instrument rental program which
offers high quality European instruments and bows (Brazilwood bows are standard
components). See (Rental/Purchase Plan). All
payments apply toward the purchase price of the outfit. Several grades of instrument
upgrade instrument outfits are available for advancing students with full-value trade-in
allowances as standard policy. New instruments under the labels of "Johann
Albrecht", "Sofia Amadeus", "Giuseppe Renaldi" and "Lorenzo
Renaldi" are very popular. See (Instruments for the
Advancing Player). A broad selection of turn-of-the-century and early 20th
century French, German, American and English instruments is available to choose from.
Brobst Violin Shop's excellent
reputation and longevity in the business is a customer's guarantee of a successful and
beneficial relationship with their firm.
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shop, see Visit Us.
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