About david chandler violins


New Violins/Fiddles (click image)

Traditionally hand-crafted instruments by David Chandler  -- usually a few available  or by commission for unusual sizes or styles.  Trade-ins considered.  

Violin and fiddle setups and repairs.  Photo shows new neck block going in.

Repairs and Adjustments

Adjustments and major repairs.  Hand made accessories etc.

Fine old European violins ara available.  This is a Romanian violin from late 1800s.

Antique Instruments

 Fine old instruments available starting under $5,000  (Click image for more info)


Gustave Vuillaume, France, c1950

Gustave Vuillaume violin from mid 1900s.

A violin presented as being the work of GUSTAVE VUILLAUME of Nancy France, and likely made about 1950.   Gustave was born in Mirecourt and studied with Mougenot and Jacquet Gand before going to Paris to work with Caressa & Francais.  After moving to Nancy, he won numerous awards for his work.   Vuillaume's label reads "lutherie Artistique copie de Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonenfis Faciebat Anno 1721".   Despite the photos, it  now has new boxwood fittings and Eva Parazzi Gold strings.  It is a penetrating and bright sounding instrument .    

Romanian labeled Enrico Ceruti, Italy 1865

Beautiful birds eye maple on the back of an old Romanian violin.

A violin labelled "Enrico Ceruti fecit ​Cremona 1865"  but more likely Romanian late 1800s according to experts that have examined this old violin.  Its a gorgeous old thing with birds eye maple back and sides and the entire violin is a glorious Italian red over golden ground that is visible in heavy worn areas.  It has a wonderful glow to it, and sounds outstanding.  It has new ebony fittings, and a nice set of strings.  The entire violin has been overhauled and is tight and solid and ready for another hundred years of play.   

Erminio Farina Milan 1910

Possibly Erminio Farina  violin.

This is a fine Milanese violin POSSIBLY by Erminio Farina, the main assistant of Riccardo Antoniazzi. Farina was chosen by Antoniazzi to make the instruments for the Milan Exhibition of 1906. He then worked very closely with Antoniazzi who, due to poor health, had to work at home. Upon Antoniazzi’s death, Farina became his successor and continued working in his master’s shop. Unfortunately, Farina died shortly after during World War I.  The violin is branded with Farina’s characteristic label below the neck button, above and beside where the label should be, on the upper interior block and to the right of the upper block on the inside back and also at least two locations on the inside of the top, one in the upper bout and another just north of the soundpost. 

Enricus Ceruti 1873

Beautiful violin labelled "Enricus Ceruti"

a violin labelled "Enricus Ceruti  fecit Cremonae anno 1873"      This is a solid and beautiful violin with a wonderful sound, for a serious student or professional musician.  

Southern Violin Association

Southern Violin Association -- David is the founder, past President, and current board member.

David is the founder, past President, and still a board member of the Southern Violin Association, an organization that holds international makers' competitions and annual conferences.