Please Note: This list is intended as a guide only for instruments we typically hold in stock. Our stock changes often, and instruments can be set up to your specification. We also often have pre-owned instruments available, taken in part exchange, available at significant discounts, but sold with full warrantee. For these reasons, we do not publish prices here, but please call to enquire or contact us via e-mail.
Details, (Advanced, Antique, Handmade).
This list is a sample selection only of our stock, which changes often. Enquire please for further information. Prices in this section range from around £1000 upwards.
- Brian Cohen 2012- on the bench now, Strad model 16 1/4"- available from December 2012
- German, Mittenwald and others, antique, various examples, range of prices. Enquire.
- French, Mirecourt school and others, antique, many examples, range of prices. Enquire
- Old English viola, 15 1/4", late 18th C, modern set-up, good playing condition.
- Some others in stock- please enquire
Private Treaty sales: We now offer for sale via 'Private Treaty' various selected instruments, and these are indicated as such in each category stock list. We are actively looking for high quality instruments for clients, and this scheme may be the ideal way to bring buyers and sellers together: click Here for Terms and Conditions
- Sarah Beaton, new, 16", good full and sweet 'real viola' sound.
- Sarah Beaton, new, 15.5", good full and sweet 'real viola' sound.
- *SOLD* Brian Cohen 2011, Strad model, 16 1/4 ", one piece slab back
- * SOLD* Kennedy School, circa 1830
- * SOLD Dennis Plowright, 2004
- * SOLD* Dennis Plowright, 1999
- *SOLD* Sarah Beaton, 2009, new
- *SOLD* Brian Cohen 2010, Strad model, 16 1/4 ", one piece slab back
Details, (Beginners and Student)
'Outfit' means bow and case are included, but either can be upgraded and price adjusted accordingly.
'Emilia Romagna' is a range manufactured exclusively for us, and sold only by SoundPost. Made from selected solid tonewoods, and set up / improved to highest specification.
Prices in this section range from £285, up to £1900.
'Improved' means that instruments have had bridges properly fitted, new posts properly made and fitted, fingerboards trued, pegs re-shaped and re-fitted so that they actually work, the nut grooves smoothed or completely replaced, a good set of strings fitted, and the tailpiece replaced by a good qualty German item. In the case of cellos, the endpin too may be replaced. For this reason our student outfits are more expensve than the RRP or prices advertised on the internet, but our instruments are guaranteed to work properly.
Many teachers insist on our 'improved' versions, to enable the students to learn and play properly: musical instruments cannot be purchased 'online' and 'out of the box' or even from a high street music shop, and be expected to actually work. This is a 'specialist' service.
- all in bold are highly recommended and usually in stock
- Emilia Romagna, S 500, outfit. Various sizes from 14" to 16.5"
- Emilia Romagna, S 800 Advanced Student. 16 1/4" only
- Emilia Romagna entry level range, all sizes, highly recommended entry level
- Jay Haide, antiqued. 16 1/4" only
- DeLille, antiqued, 15 1/4", one only
- Heinrich Gill, various sizes, to order only
- Some pre-owned part exchange examples also available, various sizes, all checked, set up, and ready, with 1 year warrantee
We offer violins, violas, cello and bass ( bass to order only), and guitars, in all sizes, in all grades. We offer part-exchange, and guarantee to 'buy back' if trading up. We offer full warantee on all instuments sold from our shop, and offer a 2 week approval period subject to 'Terms and Conditions. All instruments are set up to ensure maximum ease of playing and tonal optimization, and many are 'improved' ie they have best quality strings fitted, better bridges, better accessories, better set-up, so may cost more than can be found on some internet sites, but you get what you pay for. It is necessary to compare 'like with like'. (We will not set up instruments purchased elsewhere on the internet.)
Buying and learning a musical instrument is a gift for life, never to be forgotten, and a skill that can be used in many social circumstances throughout life. They require no electronics, no batteries, no computer, and their is good evidence to show that it improves learning skills in other areas, eg mathematics and other subjects. By acquiring an instrument, although seemingly an expensive initial investment, ( although it need not be) and embarking on instrurment lessons, you equip your child with a most valuable 'life-skill'. Adults too can gain from the same benefits. You are never too old to begin. Come in and try out an instrument for yourself. In these recessionary times, it has become obvious that many of the older traditional values and skills are more necessary than ever, and real 'hands-on' music of all types is going through a resurgence right now. At SoundPost, we understand this only too well, and have always operated on traditonal time- proven values, with emphasis on a most personal service at all times.
We also give priority to repairs for customers who purchase from us, and include an annual 'health-check' for your instrument, free. We also give free insurance valuations for all instruments purchased from us. We also operate the 'Assisted Purchase Scheme' -enquire for details. Our personal service is 'second to none', and there are not many who can match our 40 years of experience.
SoundPost is a specialist stringed instrument shop- (we are the 'original Soundpost')- established since 1972. We offer sales of new and antique stringed instruments, from beginner and advanced student quality up to top professional instruments, ( We were proud to have offered for sale recently a fine 1732 Stradivari, now sold). We also stock and sell many and various accessories, some unique to SoundPost. A selection of our stock is listed on this site, but we also stock items not listed here- If you do not find what you are looking for, please ask. We are a real 'bricks and mortar' shop, not just a 'cyber-shop', so you can visit by appointment to try the instruments or bows in person, and we offer an 'approval period' for most instruments and bows (subject to terms and conditions). We invite you to take advantage of our expert knowledge of instruments, some of which are listed on the website. We also present the fine handmade instruments by Brian Cohen, a luthier with an international reputation as a maker in both the violin and guitar making field, and also often the work of other British makers, selected to represent only the finest of British craftsmanship and lutherie. Also British makers from the 18th C, 19th C and 20th C, including Furber, Barratt, Walmsley, Luff, Richardson, Pyne, Chanot, Withers, Hill, Atkinson, Wulme-Hudson, Hardie, Voller Bros, and many others. We also stock many French, German and Italian instruments. We do not list all the instruments we currently have in stock on this site- please enquire directly for detailed information.
Please have a look through our various page links:
We have many fine instruments in stock as well as student/beginner instruments, in all sizes.
Not all products and instruments we stock are listed on the site however- so if you do not find what you want, call and ask- we may well have it, or know where to get it, or may be able to say when/where we can find it for you. Because our stock changes literally all the time, it is not possible to keep the website updated on a 'minute by minute' basis, so we prefer to list what we usually keep in stock, but this may vary. We are always pleased to discuss and advise. Opening times and all contact details, directions etc on our 'Contact' page.
Agencies: We are exclusive UK agents for the 'Emilia Romagna' range violins (specially hand made for us in Hungary,) and some others listed on the relevant pages.