Not only do we make it easy for you to rent an instrument for yourself or your child with our fair prices, but we are the only St. Louis music store to give you 3 years worth of credit towards buying your instrument. We also include free insurance against theft or damage. Learn more about renting an instrument from Top Notch Violins.

New violins, violas, cellos, and upright basses from Top Notch.

We are a violin shop conveniently located in the St. Louis area. We carry a full selection of new instruments and accessories at reasonable prices – whether you are just beginning your musical journey or are an advanced player. We’re known for offering 100% trade-in value for any instrument you purchase from us. Learn more about our instruments and accessories.

Photo of a luthier working on a violin in our St. Louis (Maplewood) workshop.

We offer violin, viola, cello, and acoustic bass repairs right here in our Maplewood workshop. Old-school quality and workmanship, carefully done by hand right here in St. Louis. As with our rentals and new instruments: we have fair prices. Our repair page lists common repairs and prices, and we also offer free estimates.

By the way, we don’t use stock-art images on our site: the photo is from our workshop.
Photo of our Maplewood Music Storefront

Our primary stringed instrument music store location! Violins, violas, cellos, basses (and accessories) for sale or rent, along with our workshop:

3109 Sutton Blvd.
Maplewood, MO 63143

Monday-Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm

(314) 696-2172

Have a question for us? Don’t be shy! Give us a call or send us a message today.

A Video Introduction to the Top Notch Violin Store

Ted’s Workshop Talks

By one of our very own master craftsmen/co-owners

Let’s Talk about Upright Bass Extensions

This article is all about upright bass extensions: why players use them, the tradeoffs to metal or wooden extensions, and even hardware options. Ted also shares how he makes extensions.

Everything You Need to Know about Upright Bass Bridge Adjusters

In this Ted’s Talk, Ted shares about about bass bridge adjusters, covering some of the various styles currently available, along with what his favorite adjusters are (and why).

An Upright Bass Gets a New Lease on Life

Read about a well-loved upright bass that had been through the “wringer” and was going to need to be put out to pasture unless the constantly slipping bridge could be fixed.

Thank you!

For helping to support strings in the St. Louis School District!

Our May, 2015, IndieGoGo Campaign to support the St. Louis City Shaw Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School program did not achive its goal, but we are still excited about the work that Carolyn is doing and are committed to helping her and the children of St. Louis. We want to pass along a huge ‘thank you’ to those who partnered with us.

If you would like to support strings in the St. Louis School District, contact us.

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