Instruments for Sale

Violin by Louis Selle, Erfurt, Germany.

Following a thorough restoration by John Simmers, this very attractive mid 19th Century German violin is now available. With a full and powerful sound, it offers the violinist a great professional instrument at a very reasonable price. It has been well played over the years, but has survived in excellent structural condition.

Price $18,000 – SOLD

Saxon viola circa 1900, labelled Antonius Stradivarius, made in Germany.

This is a nice sounding small viola (15 1/2″) in exceptional condition for its age.

Price $7500










Cello by John Simmers, Brisbane 2020.

John’s latest instrument is a cello that was completed in July 2020. The cello is based on a well regarded instrument by Giuseppe filius Andreae Guarneri. This moderately sized cello possesses a robust warm sound and is clear and even across its range. The cello is finished and ready for trial. Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment to play this cello.

Price $45,000

Violin by John Simmers, Brisbane, 2019

Violin by John Simmers, Brisbane, 2019. This is the latest violin by John Simmers. It was completed in 2020 and is now available for trial.

Price $22,000

Violin by Piero Parravicini Bovisio (Milan), 1930 – SOLD

Simmers Violin Makers are pleased to offer a violin made by Piero Parravicini, in Bovisio (Milan), 1930. The violin is in excellent condition. The violin contains the original handwritten label and is branded with the maker’s name internally. The violin is accompanied by the original sale receipt from W. R. Ford Co., New York, 1930.

Piero Parravicini was born in Bovisio, near Milan, in 1889 and died in 1957. After he became interested in violin making, Piero became a pupil of Romeo Antoniazzi and worked for the firm Monzino and Sons in Milan in 1924 and 1925. Parravacini was quite a prolific maker and is said to have made around 600 violins during his career.

Competing in violin making competitions, in Rome Piero won a Bronze Medal in 1925, an Honourable Mention in 1929, and the Fronticelli-Baldelli Award in 1954. He won a Gold Medal for cellos in Cremona in 1949.

During his career, he collaborated with many other violin makers, such as Ornati, Pedrazzini, Arassi and Giacomo and Leandro Jr. Bisiach.

Price on application

KG100 Cello

The 100 model cello from the KG workshop is similar to the 80 model, but has a more tradition hand applied oil varnish and nicer timber. The instrument is set up by Simmers Violins and includes a high quality French Despiau bridge blank and Larsen strings. The KG100 is supplied with a bow and soft case.

Price $3400

Simmers Violins Series

Simmers Violin Makers are pleased to offer our Simmers Violins Series, a range of great instruments, hand made in small workshops in China. These instruments are carefully selected by John Simmers. He then finishes them and sets them up to the highest level. By personally selecting the instruments considering quality of workmanship and materials, we can ensure that the violins offer great value, tone and beauty.

Individually priced from $2000 to $3000

German violin, circa 1900

Labelled “Nicolaus Amatus Cremone Hieronymi filii fecit, An 1633″

Simmers Violins are always looking for well made and pristine examples of these very popular old violins. This particular instrument has survived completely unscathed. It shows little sign of use and presents as almost new. It has a handsome one piece back and is varnished and has been completely restored and setup to the highest level.

Price $9000

Violin by Carl Anton Herald, Brunndobra, Germany.

This fine sounding 19th century violin is in very good condition. It bears the original label – C. A. HEROLD ESTABLISHED 1833 IN SAXONY.

Price $8500

A French Violin by Jean Bauer, Angers, 1971

We are pleased to offer this very fine violin by the respected French violin maker, Jean Bauer. The violin is in excellent condition. Sold with the maker’s original invoice.

Bauer was the son of Gaston Bauer. He was born in Laval in 1914 and apprenticed to Marius Didier in Mattaincourt 1928–32. He worked in Le Havre then moved to Angers in the Second World War. His fine work on a personal model received various awards in Paris, Toulouse, Angers and The Hague. Jean Bauer made a total of 630 instruments.

Price on application.

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