About Us


For a quarter century, J.R. Judd Violins has been providing excellent instruments and service to the beginning string player and professional alike.  We are proud to house over 400 instruments and bows which range from student models to fine, older European and American offerings.  Whether sales, rentals or restoration, we are happy to lend our combined 89 years experience to accommodate the particular needs of any musician.

Please contact us at: (570) 321-8070.

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

Keystone String Fest
All Day Event
Location: Richland High School, Johnstown, PA
We will have a display throughout the day and stay for the concert.
District 2,3, and 5 Orchestra Festival
All Day Event
Location: Hickory High School, 640 North Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA 16148, United States
We will have a display of instruments and Mr. Judd will present a seminar on basic instrument care and repair.
District 7 Orchestra Festival
All Day Event
Location: Lebanon High School, South 8th Street, Lebanon, PA, United States
We will be on hand with a large display of instruments and bows. We will be staying through the 7:pm concert Saturday night
Altoona All-City Orchestra
Starts: 4:00 pm
Ends: 02/19/2015 - 6:30 pm
Location: Altoona Area High School
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Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
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 info@jrjuddviolins.com 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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“J.R. Judd’s is a worthwhile one day outing for string musicians of the TCO.  As director of the program, I like to make field trips to Williamsport to see their newly expanded showrooms.  If informed in advance of our coming, the Judd luthier team has made overhauls on instruments while we waited.  And waiting is fun.  J.R. has made the showrooms available to us to sample some of their fine instruments.  We have enjoyed playing string quartet music while waiting for work on our own instruments to be completed.  I only wish they didn’t work so fast.  I could stay there all day.  As a private violin teacher, I refer all my students who are looking for rental or purchase of a new instrument to Judd Violins. The Judd price is comparable to other resources, but, the instrument you get for your money is high and above.  Though I’m 250 miles away from the Judd studio, it’s convenient to work with them.  They accept credit cards over the phone and send me anything I need quickly through bonded carriers.”
Robin Heller Robin Heller

Director Tohickon Creek Orchestra Music Program