For over 125 years, J & A Beare has been a leader in fine stringed instrument sales. We will help you through every aspect of your acquisition, from set up, tonal adjustment and insurance, through to maintenance, repair and storage.
Many of the players who have chosen to acquire their instruments through us are successful soloists. However, we are committed and passionate about helping all musicians, whether professional or amateur. Through the Beare’s International Violin Society, we play a prominent role in supporting the younger generation of musicians.
Among our current and former clients, we include many of the world’s most applauded orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.
Whether you are an investor, collector, trust, foundation, musician or conservatoire, we are dedicated to finding the right instrument for you. If it is your preference, we will also help you find a talented player who will borrow the instrument through the Beare’s International Violin Society.
J & A Beare’s exceptional range of instruments for sale includes the finest violins, violas and cellos from Italian and European master luthiers, such as Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù, Amati, Bergonzi, Guadagnini, Montagnana, Balestrieri and many more. Our instruments are from the Cremonese, Venetian, Neapolitan, Roman, Milanese and Brescian schools, as well as many others and were made from the 17th century onwards. We also sell instruments made by the finest modern luthiers.
As well as providing bow expertise and certification in London, Beare’s has an extensive collection of bows for sale with the finest examples of violin, viola and cello bows from the French and English schools, including those by François Xavier Tourte, Dominique Peccatte and Eugène Nicolas Sartory.
2018 saw the expansion of J & A Beare’s bow department in collaboration with Stephan Jansen, who was recently appointed to follow Bernard Millant at Le Canu-Millant in Paris and continues Millant’s expertise for French and German bows.