About Us


For over a quarter of a 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 127 years experience to accommodate the particular needs of any musician.

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

Instrument and Bow Trials and 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.  If you are interested in trying instruments or bows, please see our TRIAL POLICY. 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

March 31st and April 1st
Norwin High School
251 McMahon Drive
North Huntingdon, PA 15642

We will have a display of instruments for the players to try Friday 10:00 – 4:00 and Saturday from 9:00 until after the 2:00 concert.

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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 requested.
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 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.

If you are interested in trying one of our instruments or bows, please see our TRIAL POLICY PAGE.

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 judgement 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 $55.00
Violas $55.00
Cellos $95.00
Basses $195.00

Bows will be accepted at 50% of the original value if in good condition. The cost of any necessary repairs will be deducted from the trade-in value.

*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. These items are subject to the trade-in fees listed above. 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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“Several years ago, I began searching for a violin shop who would rent excellent quality instruments with a top grade of strings to my beginning students, with an option to upgrade to an affordable intermediate level instrument. As we all know, this is not an easy search.  There is usually a ‘honeymoon’ period where your requests are met with sincerity and caring responses.  In a year or two it seems as though few of your concerns are addressed. Enter J. R. Judd Violins!  They have treated my students and me with the utmost respect and professionalism. Everyone at the shop has gone out of their way to address any problems, answer questions, and help with many aspects of playing and purchasing instruments. They are truly a shop you can trust!  This is a very rare trait, but one I value greatly.”

Win Garland, Retired Director of Orchestras Win Garland, Retired Director of Orchestras

Richland School District - Johnstown, PA