Another specialty shop is the violin shop

which, despite its name, often sells various violin family instruments (violin, viola, cello and often double bass, and the bows, stringsrosin, chinrests, and other accessories used with these instruments). Violin shops are often operated by luthiers (violin makers) who make violin family instruments and bows for sale. Luthiers also do maintenance and repairs on violin family instruments and bows.

Modern violin makers and repairers are combining extensive knowledge of centuries-old violin-building techniques with 21st-century technology such as “CT scans” and “3D lasers”, which are giving new insights into violin design and construction approaches.

London violin shop