Why to Choose Lashof Violins, Our Staff, and Our History

About Lashof Violins

Our mission is to offer useful and truthful information about violins, violin care, and maintenance, to offer honest and fair estimates, and to provide quality products and services so our customers can feel confident about their purchases. We are dedicated to providing courteous and informative service to players of all levels. While there are many violin-related products available on the market, we pride ourselves in offering dependable products and the best prices for those products.


Why to Choose Lashof Violins

  1. We specialize in violins, violas, cellos and their bows and understand the craft from all aspects--making, playing, repairing, and teaching. All our sales staff are players and are trained instrument repair technicians with countless hours behind the bench and extensive experience in the violin business.
  2. All our dedicated staff are salaried employees so no commissions or sale-related bonuses are paid - our interests lie solely in helping you find the best instrument to meet your needs.
  3. We stock a large selection of new and vintage instruments and bows--ranging from beginner to advanced student and professional levels. We stock instruments based on quality and dependability.
  4. Instruments and bows are available for a free, no-obligation trial period. Credit Card required for trial; available to local customers only.
  5. We do not sell instruments over the Internet.We are in the business of selling musical instruments and believe an instrument should be played before you pay! We want customers to look, listen, and hold an instrument before making such an important decision.
  6. Lashof Violins carries a wide selection of Composite Bows--Graphite, Carbon fiber, and Pernambuco/Carbon Fiber Hybrid. We feel strongly about supporting this new, high-quality innovation since the Pernambuco wood used for fine bows is now an endangered species. Composite bows are available to ship for prepaid-trial anywhere within the continental US.
  7. Up to 100% 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).
  8. Next-day 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 rehair completion are subject to a rehairing/restocking fee. Lashof Violins reserves the right to refuse this option at any time; "loaners" are subject to availability.)
  9. The most consumer-friendly rental purchase program around. Be an educated consumer--find out what questions to ask before you rent. 
  10. Easy directions, free parking, no appointment necessary to make purchases or for simple adjustments like string changes and soundpost setting.
  11. An excellent Warranty on all instrument and bow purchases.
  12. The beginner’s needs are always treated as seriously as those of the advanced player.
  13. We have an excellent selection of the most requested music titles in stock, with all our collections of works cross-referenced by piece, title, and composer.
  14. Your property is fully insured while in our possession and will never leave the premises because we do all repairs on-site.
  15. See what other customers have to say about Lashof Violins!

Alicia Coberly

Alicia Coberly is one of the co-owners of Lashof Violins. She grew up in Middletown, MD. She began her violin studies at the age of 9 in her public school orchestra. Her interest in violin restoration and making began in high school when she got her first job at Lashof Violins. After high school, while continuing her studies in restoration and making between semesters with Mr. Lashof, Alicia attended Immaculata University where she studied both violin and voice and earned her BA in Music. After graduating college, Ms. Coberly was promoted to store and repair manager of Lashof Violins. In 2008, Alicia Coberly and Genevieve Swift became owners and managers of Lashof Violins.

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 studied restoration and violin making with Mr. David Lashof and has been a luthier with Lashof Violins for over 19 years.

Genevieve Swift

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. David Lashof and has been a luthier at Lashof Violins for over 14 years. She is knowledgeable in all aspects of the business and, in addition to her many roles, serves as our sheet music specialist.

Iris K. Foxx

Iris K. Foxx is one of our restorers at Lashof Violins. Iris began playing the cello with pure intentions: to surpass her brother. Once that was accomplished, she carried on to play cello in MCPS and college ensembles. Iris joined the Lashof Violins staff in 2010 and began learning instrument repair under the tutelage of Alicia and Genevieve. After high school, Iris continued to work at Lashof Violins as she studied to and earned her BA in English Literature.

Iris' passion for knowledge and music brought her back to learn the art of instrument restoration. Iris is one of our cello specialists and works as a restorer and customer service specialist.


This 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.

Founded by David Lashof, Lashof Violins is celebrating over 25 years in operation.

A little bit about our Founder. David 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 his 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. In 1988, Mr. Lashof opened his own shop in Gaithersburg, MD, just 10 miles north of the Washington Beltway.

To date, David Lashof has made more than 160 instruments. 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 of Lashof Violins, Alicia Coberly and Genevieve Swift. Ms. Coberly and Ms. Swift have been in charge of the day-to-day running of the shop for over a decade.

Follow this link to see the article we were featured in, in The Gazette: Gazette Article 8/11/2010