Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins, expert appraisers, restorers and dealers in violin family instruments and bows, is a partnership among performers Stefan and Julian Hersh and violin maker/restorer Michael Darnton that breaks down the usual boundaries between string players and instrument makers, dealers, and experts.
Because we play and perform, we understand when players tell us what they need from their instruments and bows. Because we build and restore, we know how to work with players to optimize their relationship with their instruments. Through decades of experience in the trade we have acquired respected expertise on the instruments and bows themselves.
Darnton & Hersh is unusual among dealers in offering for sale violins, violas, and cellos ranging from the most exceptional antique Italian instruments to the most affordable (but fully playable) student-quality instruments. We pride ourselves in providing the same level of service and care to all our customers, no matter what kind of instrument they are purchasing or having repaired.
Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins is the reliable, comprehensive resource for string players, whether professional, amateur, or student.
Darnton & Hersh provides full services to maintain and repair your instrument, whether it's a student violin or a valuable professional asset.
Everything from basic repairs such as gluing open seams and dressing fingerboards to complex restorations is done in our shop. In many cases we can accommodate a client, by appointment, in completing minor work within a few hours while he or she is visiting the nearby Art Institute, Millennium Park, or other Loop destinations. Adjustments, which can greatly improve the sound and/or playability of an instrument, can often be done on a walk-in basis. Please contact the shop for more information.
What you should know about:
The violin world was recently shocked by the theft of the 1715 ex-Lipinski Stradivari violin, then relieved to hear of its safe return several days later. We made photos of the instrument available to the public in an effort to assist in locating it, and these can still be downloaded.