Welcome to the Lashof Violins Web Site. Our mission is to
offer useful and truthful
information about violins, violin care
and maintenance, and provide quality
products so our customers can feel confident about
their purchases. We are dedicated to providing courteous and informative service.
While there are many violin-related products available on
the market, we pride ourselves in offering dependable products and the best prices for those
Many factors affect the prices for instruments and accessories. We choose not to
sell accessories and instruments through the internet so
we can continue to offer high quality services to our in-store customers. Find out the truth
about string pricing. Please call for prices
on any of the accessories, bows, or instruments that you might need.
what people say about us!
to Choose Lashof Violins:
specialize in violins, violas, cellos, and their bows and
we understand the craft from all aspects - making,
playing, repairing, and teaching. All of our sales staff are
trained instrument repair technicians with
countless hours behind the bench and extensive experience in the violin business.
stock a large selection of new and vintage instruments
and bows ranging from beginner to
advanced student levels. We stock instruments based on
quality, not the lowest priced instruments on the
market. We choose not to sell the quality of
instruments that run rampant on the internet-- like
the $100.00 violins that typically need at least
another $150.00 in
repairs just to make them playable.
- Instruments and bows are available for a
no-obligation trial period. (see
Instrument page for more details). Free
1 week trial of instruments and bows with no
obligation to buy, only the responsibility for the items
you have out. Credit Card required for trial.
- We do not sell instruments over the Internet. We
believe that an instrument should be played before you
pay! We want you to look, listen, and hold an
instrument before you make such an important
decision. Instead of
offering a few "shop" brands of instruments,
we search for both new and pre-owned instruments of quality
from all types of suppliers.
Violins specializes in Composite Bows
- Graphite and Carbon fiber and Pernambuco/Carbon
Fiber Hybrid. We are proud to stock one of the
largest selections of composite bows available. We feel strongly about
supporting this new, high-quality innovation since the
wood that is used for fine bows is now an endangered
species. Composite bows are available to ship for
prepaid-trial anywhere within the continental US.
trade-in value makes it easy for students to advance
(less any devaluation due to wear;
available only on instruments still in a resalable condition).
bow rehairing (on bows received before
5 pm) and a free "loaner" bow
available while your bow is being rehaired. (Loaner
bows kept more than 10 days past the date the rehair
was finished are subject to a rehairing/restocking
fee. Lashof Violins reserves the right to refuse this
option at any time; "loaners" are subject to
most consumer-friendly rental purchase program around. Be an educated
consumer--find out what questions
to ask before you rent.
directions, free parking, no appointment necessary.
excellent Warranty on all instrument and bow purchases.
needs are always treated as seriously as those of the advanced
- We have an
excellent selection of the most requested music titles in stock, with
all of our collections of works cross-referenced by piece
title and composer.
property is fully insured while in our possession and will
never leave the premises because we do all repairs
of our dedicated staff are salaried employees so
no commissions or sale-related bonuses are paid - our
interests lie solely in helping you find the
instrument that will best meet your needs.
Lashof Violins values our customers and our customers' right to do business without the concern of their personal information being compromised and has established and maintains a strict security policy with all personnel.
Lashof Violins implements a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or rent an instrument. After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.
Lashof Violins does not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information.
Lashof Violins is PCI DSS compliant.
Alicia Coberly is one of the co-owners of Lashof Violins. She grew up in
Middletown, MD. She began her studies in the violin at the
age of 9. Her interest in violin restoration and making
began in high school when she got her first job at Lashof
Violins. After high school, Alicia attended Immaculata
University where she studied both violin and voice and earned her BA in Music.
Alicia is fully versed in all aspects
of the company--repairs, sales, store stock, and rentals.
Along with Ms. Swift, Alicia has been managing the store and its operations for a decade. Ms. Coberly was a restoration and violin making student of
Mr. Lashof and has been a Luthier with Lashof Violins for over
Genevieve Swift is one of the co-owners of Lashof Violins. She grew up in
Wyomissing, PA. Her interest in music began when she was very
young and she started music lessons at age
10. Along with the cello, Genevieve has studied
clarinet, saxophone, piano, and flute. After high school,
Genevieve began her secondary studies as a music major and
completed her studies at Immaculata University where she
earned a BA in Sociology.
Genevieve, too, was a restoration and
violin making student of Mr. Lashof and has been a Luthier
at Lashof Violins for almost a decade. She is knowledgeable in
all aspects of the business and serves as our sheet music
Aviva has been with
us for over a decade. She is our in-house cello expert
as well as a Lashof-trained repairman. Having graduated from the MCPS system, she has a
good working knowledge of the local music scene and is
versed in repairs, rentals, sales, and more. Aviva is
a Hood College graduate with a BA in Archaeology and a minor in Art
Mira Last, but certainly not least, is our
youngest staff member, Mira. Mira is a cockapoo (a
cocker spaniel/poodle mix) and
loves everyone, especially children. Mira is a music
enthusiast and prefers the dulcet tones of the violin
family instruments. She is paid in kibble and playtime.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Lashof is originally from the Washington, DC
Metro area. At age 15, he made his first violin under the tutelage of Willis M. Gault (1908-1991). In 1977, David
continued his violin
making education at the Chicago
School of Violin Making with master Tschu Ho
Lee. During his time at the Chicago School, Mr. Lashof taught some of the first-year students,
including some members of Mr. Lee's family. After earning is degree in violin-making,
he went to work for
Weavers Violin Shop in Maryland as the cello and bass
repair specialist and continued to make instruments,
selling all through the shop. Working as the senior repairman and only violin maker on staff until 1988, Mr. Lashof worked closely
with Mr. William Weaver and Roger Kirkbride, the bow specialist,
David continued to refine and hone his repair skills and performed the more
complicated restorations such as neck grafts and sound
In order to have unrestrained access to his customers, Mr.
Lashof opened his own shop in 1988, just 10 miles north of the
Washington Beltway in Gaithersburg, MD. To date,
David has made more than
160 instruments (view
his violin making picture diary.) Check out the instrument page for any available Lashof instruments.
After 35 years in the violin business,
Mr. Lashof retired and currently acts as a consultant to
the owners (and managers), Alicia
Coberly and Genevieve Swift. Alicia and Genevieve
have been in charge of the
day-to-day running of the shop for a decade and Mr. Lashof is confident
they are very capable of continuing the business and its high
standards for many years to come.
20th 2004 Washington Times Article
you are thinking about buying a violin over the
There have been many unethical practices in the
violin business over the years and Lashof Violins dedicates itself to honesty and
At Lashof Violins,
we guarantee that value for value, you will not be