Finely-Crafted Instruments & Bows

All Ken Sullivan Originals are meticulously hand-crafted by the master luthier himself, creating beautiful instruments that offer unmatched tonal quality and sound.

Expertise Craftsmanship

Artisanship You Can See & Hear

Are you looking for an expertly crafted violin, viola, or cello? Look no further than the Ken Sullivan Originals available at Payton Violins. Ken’s impeccable craftsmanship has earned him multiple awards from the Violin Society of America’s International Competition and has bolstered his renown in the national and internal community of expert makers. What’s more, Ken’s work has won over the trust and admiration of all the musicians he supports.

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Known for his remarkable instruments, Kenneth Sullivan, master luthier, is a highly regarded violin maker recognized all over the country. Ken grew up playing the violin and fell in love with woodworking – it only made sense for him to turn his two passions into a successful career in violin making. Ken is a graduate of the Chicago School of Violin Making and a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. Ken worked for close to a decade at Reuning & Son Violins; while there he gained tremendous experience in repairs, restoration, and many other aspects of the business.

In his own words, Ken believes that “making represents the pinnacle of my craft. There is no greater satisfaction than making a beautiful sounding instrument and hearing it in the hands of my customers.” We invite you to browse our current selection of Ken Sullivan Originals.

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For professionals and serious students, Ken Sullivan’s violins are among the best modern instruments available. Players often rave about the amazing tonal quality, quick response, and projection of Ken’s instruments. When played, it becomes immediately apparent to everyone in the room how exceptional and well-made these instruments truly are. Ken takes the time to give each one of his instruments a wonderful, unique sound.

But, don’t just take our word for it. We invite you to listen to some sample recordings of skilled musicians performing well-known pieces on Ken Sullivan Originals.

Listen to a beautiful rendition of Mahler’s Adagietto performed by Samantha Rodriguez, Ben Magruder, Dana Huygy and Johnny Ng, on their own violas, handmade by Ken Sullivan.