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Traditionally Handmade Bowed Instruments

Welcome to Sophia's Strings. Here, our primary objective is to provide you with an instrument that fulfils your needs as a player, whether it is crafted to your requirements or purchased directly from those we have available. As the purchase of any handmade instrument is a major investment, we understand the commitment involved in this endeavour.

It is our intention to provide you with an instrument that meets your needs in terms of tonal quality, sound projection and represents excellent value for money.

Peter Reid. Violin Maker. Sophia's Strings, Orange NSW.Peter Reid. Violin Maker. Sophia's Strings, Orange NSW.Peter Reid. Violin Maker. Sophia's Strings, Orange NSW.Peter Reid. Violin Maker. Sophia's Strings, Orange NSW.

Whilst we acknowledge the mastery of makers of all eras, particularly the great classic period and the greatest of them all Antonio Stradivari, we are inspired by two of the great family dynasties, the Amati’s and the Guarneri’s. From these families we have numerous plans available for you to choose from (as well as Stradivari, Bergonzi, Rogeri and others) and we can tailor an instrument to your personal requirements. Whilst using the patterns of the grand masters, we make new instruments not copies, so you can rest assured that the instrument you purchase is uniquely yours.

What's New

Music Education

Sophia’s Strings offers Musical Education Programmes for both Infants and Primary aged students. Group Percussion: Group percussion classes are available for both infants and primary aged students with the aim of teaching children rhythm and beat as well as instilling collaboration in working as a group. It also introduces, in a basic form, music reading which can lead to higher music sight learning as the student develops confidence and understanding of musical concepts. Violin Education: Using the revolutionary Colour Strings Programme from Finland our teacher (Frankie Reid) leads the student in the learning of Violin and music reading in a practical and exciting way that is specifically design to create playing enjoyment and foster the desire to learn. Frankie, is certified under the Colour Strings Programme and offers both group and individual classes at various lengths of time. One of the hallmarks of the Colour Strings Programme is its ability to be tailored into Individual learning programmes that are designed to meet the differing learning styles of each student. In this way a personalised programme is created by Frankie for your child and she expertly guides them through all aspects of practical playing and music theory education. For further enquiries regarding music education call Frankie on 0418 668 117.

Hire Instruments

Instruments are available for hire at a very competitive rate per term and encompass kits for violins, violas, cellos and double bass (on arrangement). Sizes range from 1/16 up to 4/4 as required. Please call us to arrange a fitting to ensure you receive the correct size.

Sophia's Strings also offers at very reasonable rates our hand crafted professional instruments for loan. As these are high valued instruments the hire period will usually be from 6 to 12 months or as required. Once hired if you choose to purchase the instrument through or at the end of the hire period the hire fees will be deducted from the sale price.

Double Time

The long awaited Vincenzo Parnermo Double Bass is now accomplised in its making. All made from traditional timbers. View it in our products page.

New Stainer

We are thrilled and enlivened that the new Baroque Violin is now complete. Based on a 1668 Jacob Stainer, the violin has a foundation of German Maple for back, neck and sides with European Spruce top, ebony fingerboard and Gut strings.

Sophia's Strings Baroque

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Our Upcomings

"The Bathurst Heritage Network" Saturday May 13 to Sunday May 14 2017.
Sophia's Strings is proud to be part of the Bathurst Heritage Network Festival which is a locally inspired arts and craft festival featuring works from well known local and national producers. Sophia's Strings will showcase new professional handcrafted violins, violas and cellos as well as undertaking demonstration of instrument work in progress. We will also feature hand tools and timbers used in the instrument making process.

Locations as advertised. See Bathurst heritage network for details..

"Music At Mount David" Concert 1 Sunday July 2 2017
Sophia's Strings is proud to support the Music At Mount David Concert Series the first of which will be Sunday July 2nd 2017 featuring David Pereria on cello (David's concert cello is modelled on the Antonio Stradivari 1701 'Servais' proudly made by Sophia's Strings) accompanied by piano virtuoso Teddy Neeman.

"Music At Mount David" Concert 2 Sunday November 5 2017
Concert 2 showcases piano virtuoso John Martin, cello virtuoso Susan Blake and local Mezzo Soprano Anne Russell.

Loch Erin Road Mount David. See Music at Mount David's Facebook page for music program and further details. Entry Cost $50 paid at door..

"Bathurst Adult String Workshop" Friday Evening September 22 to Sunday September 24 2017.
Sophia's Strings will showcase new professional handcrafted violins, violas and cellos as well as undertaking demonstration of instrument work in progress. We will also feature hand tools and timbers used in the instrument making process. Repairs and other products will also be available for sale. Accepted payment methods Credit Card or Cash to be taken on the day.

Located at The Flannery Centre Havannah Street Bathurst.

"Bathurst Crafts and Art Show" Saturday November 4 to Sunday November 5 2017.
Sophia's Strings will showcase new professional handcrafted violins, violas and cellos as well as undertaking demonstration of instrument work in progress. We will also feature hand tools and timbers used in the instrument making process.

Located at Bathurst Showground. Dates as advised to be confirmed..

"Bathurst Designer Events Art Expo" Saturday November 18 to Sunday November 19 2017.
Sophia's Strings will showcase new professional handcrafted violins, violas and cellos as well as undertaking demonstration of instrument work in progress. We will also feature hand tools and timbers used in the instrument making process.

Located at Bathurst Showground. Dates as advised to be confirmed..

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