Your Journey in Music: The Best Violins, Violas, and Cellos for Every Stage

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Violin For Beginners

Discover Your Sound

Let Payton Violins help you discover your personal sound preferences and match you with an instrument you’ll love.

Owen Valentine

I absolutely love my Sam Payton made Guadanini copy. It has a dark yet penetrating power and really kicks out fire in the 4 position and up!… Never bottoms out and yet has sweetness in the sound. Bravo!  
Owen Valentine

I have loved working with Sam on my instruments!  He is a first-rate luthier, craftsman, and restorer, and is extremely attentive to the demands of each musician working with him. His patience and calm demeanor are so reassuring.
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Repairs and Restoration

Our trained luthiers provide a full range of services to get your instrument or bow back into optimal playing condition. Make an appointment for a free evaluation and estimate.

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Teacher Ensemble or Music School

Looking for a Teacher, Ensemble or Music School?

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Our Violin Shop in Rochester, NY

In the bustling neighborhood of the arts, in Rochester, NY, Payton Violins stands as a distinguished haven for stringed instrument enthusiasts. Our violin shop is more than a mere retail space; it’s a celebration of the rich heritage and craftsmanship of fine violins, violas, and cellos and the incredible sonic experience that they can create.

As you enter, you’ll be greeted by a collection that speaks volumes of quality and artistry. Our knowledgeable team, passionate about music, is dedicated to guiding each musician – whether novice or professional – in finding an instrument that inspires their style and aspirations.

Sam Payton, our Master luthier, stands at the heart of our establishment. His expertise extends far beyond crafting instruments. He excels in examining and appraising violins, delving into their histories, and uncovering the unique story and quality of each piece – hallmarks that Payton Violins is renowned for.

Our commitment to excellence extends beyond the sale of instruments. We offer comprehensive support and advice, ranging from instrument care to personalized consultations for purchases and rentals. Our approachable staff ensures a seamless experience, whether you’re seeking a new instrument or require maintenance for your current one.

Located in the heart of Rochester, Payton Violins is a place where the pursuit of musical excellence is both a passion and a journey. We welcome you to be a part of this journey and discover an instrument that truly speaks to you.

Contact us today!