Chocolate and Strings

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Join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, and string instruments.

Monday, April 13th and Tuesday, April 14th

5:00 – 9:00 pm

Quaker Valley Middle School
618 Harbaugh Street
Sewickley, PA 15143

We will be offering two seminars:

6:00 pm Basic Instrument Care

Jeff Judd will cover the basics of instrument care, including bridge straightening, storage, humidity and temperature, cleaning and changing strings, cases and bags, and more!

7:00 pm String Comparison Seminar

Jerry Lynn will play a number of identical violins with different string sets. This will facilitate discussion for players about the importance of proper setup and how the choice of strings affects balance, warmth, brightness, volume, clarity, and playability. We will also discuss value versus price for strings.

In addition to the seminars, we will have approximately 150 instruments and 150 bows for players to try; come early and stay late to sample the instruments! If you are in the market to upgrade your instrument, while you are at the event we can arrange a trial period for you take an instrument or instruments home to try out.

There will be a door prize each night: a complete student instrument setup (instrument, case, bow, and music stand) for the teachers, and an Ophelia Black carbon fiber bow for players.

Go HERE to reserve your spot!

Instrument and Bow Purchasing

When you call or visit the shop, our experienced staff will take the time to speak with you personally and guide you through the selection process of your new instrument or bow.

Customers are encouraged to take advantage of our one to two week trial policy before making a final decision.  Additionally, we offer a  trade-in policy for instruments purchased from J.R. Judd Violins in which the instrument’s full value (minus a small restocking charge) can be traded in and credited toward a more expensive instrument.

We understand the importance of finding just the right instrument.  For this reason, we encourage customers to take their time when making a selection.  Spend a couple hours or the whole day, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the experience.

Upcoming Events

Easter Hours- Shop Closes at 3:00pm
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Luthier Clinic
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: 04/08/2015 - 8:30 pm
Location: Lebanon Valley College Music Building
Jeff Judd will be conducting a luthier clinic sponsored by Lebanon Valley College and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
Chocolate and Strings Evenings
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: 04/14/2015 - 9:00 pm
Location: Quaker Valley Middle School- Sewickley, PA
For players, teachers, and high school/middle school players. We will have over 20 violins with different sets of strings to try as well as seminars on care and repair of instruments.
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Tuesday 9:00 8:00
Wednesday 9:00 8:00
Thursday 9:00 5:00
Friday 9:00 5:00
Saturday 9:00 1:00


Appointments are appreciated, but not required.
Please call (570) 321-8070 or send an e-mail to in order to schedule an appointment.

Trial Policy JPGWhen you call or visit the shop, our experienced staff will take the time to speak with you personally and guide you through the selection process of your new instrument or bow.

We will take the time to understand what you are looking for in sizing, tone assessment, playability, and response. We will then suggest instruments or bows that meet your specifications. You can be sure that each item meets our high craftsmanship standards, having been approved through specific set up work, tonal adjustment, and play testing.

Items are allowed out on trial for one to two weeks. We will ship instruments or bows to any prospective buyer. Please see our shipping guide for information on shipping prices and procedures. Kindly contact us with any questions.

We are not only here at the time of purchase, but we remain available to help with future needs in order to continue developing long-term relationships with our customers.

We offer only those instruments that meet our own very high standards.

In addition, our continual contacts with colleagues and makers from around the world help us to ensure than our instruments are of the finest quality and reasonably priced.

We at J.R. Judd Violins give you ample time to try out any instruments you are considering.

Trade In NeweditAny violin, viola, cello, or bass purchased from J.R. Judd Violins is guaranteed to be accepted as a trade-in toward future purchase(s). 100% of the instrument’s original sales price will be credited to the new purchase, subject to following:


Terms & Conditions


The instrument remains in the same condition as when originally sold by J.R. Judd Violins. Normal wear and tear, such as wear to bow hair, strings, fingerboard, bridge, pegs, minor scratches, and open seams are acceptable. Moderate to major damage such as cracks, broken neck, broken edges, corners, sound post splits, etc…, may either void the trade guarantee or result in a reduction of the instrument’s value, at the sole judgment of J.R. Judd Violins.

Any new purchase must total an amount greater than that of the trade-in value.

A trade-in fee will be required as follows*:

Violins, Violas $55.00
Cellos $95.00
Basses $160.00

Bows will be accepted at 50% of the original value if in good condition. The cost of any necessary repairs will be deducted as follows:

Rehair $55.00 – $65.00
New Tip $125.00 – $159.00
New Winding $100.00 – $120.00
Camber $60.00 – $75.00

*Instruments currently in the rental program are exempt from these trade-in fees as the cost for maintenance is covered in the rental insurance charges.

We also accept trade-ins on other items, including bows and instruments not originally purchased at J.R. Judd Violins. Please contact us for details.

Please use this short tutorial to determine the correct size of your child’s violin, viola, cello, or bass.


Step 1: You will need a yardstick or tape measure.


Step 2: Have your child stand up straight and place his/her left hand straight out
to the side with the palm up.



Step 3: Place the yardstick or tape measure at the base of the neck and measure out to the center of the palm.


Step 4: Use the conversion chart below to determine instrument size.


Click here to view the sizing chat.

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Violinmaker and owner of J.R. Judd Violins, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Jeff began his interest in violin making and restoration as a teenager. He was trained in the European tradition of violinmaking, working as an apprentice with Richard Menzel, a luthier, in Livingston, New Jersey.

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