Henry Bischofberger Violins specializes in violin, viola, cello and bow sales and purchases in all price ranges, expert instrument restoration, appraisal, setup and repair, bow rehairs, and well crafted, high quality rental instruments. Promoting the music community as an integral part of his business philosophy, Henry Bischofberger serves musicians of all ages, from beginning students to professionals, teachers, local orchestras and schools.

Contact Details

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  Person Henry Bischofberger
  City Kirkland, WA
  Zip Code 98033
  Address 5807-114th Ave NE
  Phone Number (425) 822-0717

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Henry Bischofberger

Henry Bischofberger, third generation violin maker, learned his craft at the Swiss School of Violin Making in Brienz, Switzerland. He continued his studies in San Francisco before returning to Seattle where he ran the family violin business on Capitol Hill for 12 years. He brings over 35 years of experience to his new shop on the Eastside of Lake Washington.

With this location in Kirkland, Washington, Henry Bischofberger Violins is uniquely positioned to serve the Eastside communities of Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah, North Bend, Bothell, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish, the Plateau and surrounding areas while still providing
impeccable service and workmanship to clients in Seattle, all over the Northwest and around the world.

Products & Services

Sales

Sales

Henry Bischofberger Violins has a wide selection of fine stringed instruments and bows. Henry says, "When I acquire instruments to sell in my shop, I demand the utmost quality, and the dealers I have used for the past 20 years are still serving me with quality in mind. "

After an instrument reaches the shop, Henry personally take time to check all parts for quality and workmanship, and adjusts each instrument before putting it out for sale. Bow makers also know he will only take the best to sell in his shop.


Appraisals

Appraisals

If you are curious about the value of your violin, viola, cello, bass or bow, feel free to bring your instrument in for a complimentary verbal appraisal. If you need papers for insurance or a written appraisal the cost is based on the value of the instrument. With many years experience in appraising, Henry can give an educated and informed valuation of your instrument or bow.


Repairs

Repairs

To last a lifetime, a fine instrument needs periodic maintenance and occasional repairs. Especially for students who are first learning to play, an instrument in good repair can make all the difference in the enjoyment of learning.

At Henry Bischofberger Violins, through examining and listening to your instrument, Henry can determine if it needs maintenance before any issues become serious. When it comes to maintenance and repairs, the sooner an irregularity is identified and taken care of, the better it is for the life of the instrument.

With Henry's expertise, experience, and fully equipped repair shop, he can skillfully repair and maintain your violin, viola, cello, bass or bow.

If you have an instrument in need of complete restoration, Henry would be happy to look at it and discuss its needs with you. Some instruments are worth restoring and others may not be. He will give you an honest assessment before beginning your project.


Rentals

Rentals

Rentals are the stepping stone, especially for young musicians, to continue playing beyond school. Starting out with a quality instrument is paramount to enjoying the learning experience.

Henry Bischofberger understands the importance of providing rental customers with fine instruments that are set up correctly. His exacting setup meets the high standards of teachers all over the Northwest.

He highly highly values his rental customers, and seeks to provide the best service in the Puget Sound area. Henry Bischofberger Violins' rental program offers nine months of rental towards the purchase of any instrument in the shop.

With excellent instruments, setup and service, people are seeking out Henry Bischofberger for the best violin, viola and cello rentals in Seattle and the East Side.

  • I would recommend this business

Our violin was made in 1852 and has been in the family for generations. My husband plays it now and so will our daughter when she grows into it. It is special to us, so it was very important to us to find a skilled Luthier when this violin needed repair. Henry took great care with the violin, and it sounds better now than it ever did. He even replaced the strings and part of the chin rest which was much needed but hadn’t been on our radar. His work was thorough and complete, and in less time and under budget than he estimated. We will definitely be back when this or our other violins need repair. Thank you!

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  • I would recommend this business

My daughter has been playing viola for almost 6 years and was long overdue for a new viola... We drove from Wenatchee to Kirkland today with hopes of looking at a used one for her. When those plans fell through, we contacted Henry. They let her play a variety of violas and use different bows until she found the one that worked for her.

Thank you SO much for working with us and making our trip worth while! The music she will be able to play for years to come will be amazing!

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Customer Testimonials

I have had the great pleasure of knowing Henry for 7 years. Over that time we have purchased instruments and bows as well as having repair work done. His expert knowledge has enabled us to select the perfect instrument and bows for our daughter. We were never rushed into making a decision and at all times were shown the utmost courtesy and kindness. To have a professional violin maker on the Eastside is wonderful. To have that person be Henry is even better. I would never dream of going anywhere else.


We put on the Aronoff Chamber Music Festival and Series at Bastyr University each June. I feel Henry Bischofberger is one of a few really reputable instrument dealers in the area. I am a private violin and viola instructor and in the Spring I gave a master workshop for viola students and teachers at Henry Bischofberger Violins and will continue again next Spring.

It was very successful! He has an "impressive pedigree" as a Swiss-trained, third-generation violin maker, but more importantly he's got a great instinct of his own for the instruments and bows he chooses to deal in. I think Henry's shop has a beautiful collection of inventory already since he opened. I am so impressed by the fact that he answers his own phone and does his own work.

From Our Website

Henry Bischofberger, third generation violin maker, learned his craft at the Swiss School of Violin Making in Brienz, Switzerland. He continued his studies in San Francisco before returning to Seattle where he ran the family violin business on Capitol Hill. He brings over 45 years of experience to his current location serving the Eastside of Lake Washington. With his location in Kirkland, Washington, Henry Bischofberger Violins is uniquely positioned to serve the Eastside communities of Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah, North Bend, Bothell, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish, the Plateau and surrounding areas while still providing impeccable service and workmanship to clients in Seattle, all over the Northwest and around the world.


Henry learned to play the violin in the 4th grade and continued playing through high school in Seattle's Garfield High School Orchestra. In 6th grade, he started a traditional apprenticeship at the family's violin shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle. He swept the floors, cleaned violins, strung instruments, and waited on customers. After graduating from Garfield High School in 1970, Henry traveled to Switzerland to learn his craft at the prestigious Swiss School of Violin Making in Brienz, Switzerland.


To last a lifetime, a fine instrument needs periodic maintenance and occasional repairs. Especially for students who are first learning to play, an instrument in good repair can make all the difference in the enjoyment of learning. At Henry Bischofberger Violins, through examining and listening to your instrument, Henry can determine if it needs maintenance before any issues become serious. When it comes to maintenance and repairs, the sooner an irregularity is identified and taken care of, the better it is for the life of the instrument.


In addition to the more well-known orchestras in the Puget Sound region, there are many smaller community orchestras and ensembles. Young people are always welcome to attend orchestra concerts and may be offered discount tickets. Please contact the individual organizations for further information. Email Henry to add your group to this list. If you are looking for a comprehensive list of great Classical Music Concerts by these orchestras and others in our area, we recommend visiting Live Music Project Seattle.