Welcome to Antonio Strings

We are one of Australasia's leading specialists in the sale, appraisal, repair & restoration of violins, violas, cellos and bows


Our products and services cater from beginners & students through to professional musicians.

We sell a quality range of violins, violas and cellos both new and old. We also stock an excellent range

of bows to accompany these instruments. 

We stock cases, strings, rosins, accessories, CDs and double bass strings & rosin




Opening Hours
Monday - Friday; 10am to 5pm

Closed Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays




Calling from NZ: 03-377-8813

calling from Australia: 0011 - 64 - 3 - 377 - 8813 

Country code: 64

City code: 03 


Suite 6, Regent Court, 75 Gloucester Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand



Recent News


September 16, 2015

BAM cases, some new pricing and availability

We have just received a shipment of BAM cases and are pleased to be reducing the price on our contoured viola cases. Theses are now available in 3 different styles and the price has been reduced from $890 to $820 NZD due to a favourable exchange rate at the time of purchase. Unfortunately we have needed to increase the price of the contoured violin case by $30. We also have two BAM lightweight 2.9 kg cello cases in stock in blue and white.  



July 14, 2015

Mach shoulder rest prices reduced

We are pleased to annouce a price reduction for Mach shoulder rests in all violin and viola models. Due to exchange rates we have been able to considerably reduce these prices, especially on wooden models. We are also stocking HOOK model for wooden rests. These offer additional structure and may help reduce slip. 


We have new products from Mach. These are leather chin rest barrel covers and also leather chin rest pads.



February 2, 2015

A belated Happy New year, new products and some reduced prices

A very happy new year to all of our customers. We appreciate your support and custom in 2014 and look forward to assisting you in 2015 

We have new shoulder rests in stock from Viva La Musica. The Flex shoulder rests are multi-adjustable to help you and/or your child find just the right support, encouraging ease of playing and uninhibited technique. These brightly coloured numbers come in four sizes and at a great price between $30 and $40, size dependent.

We also have a wonderful new range of violin cases from GEWA. GEWA Air in contoured and oblong are a great addition to our colourful range.


We have been able to reduce the price on many items this year including:

Our best selling and highly recommended Gold and Silver rosin, from $17.50  to $15.
The rather popular Viva La Musica cello stoppers/rock stoppers from $27.60 to $19
Our shaped cases moved from $190 to $140 late last year.    


October 1, 2014

NEW strings - Jargar Superior
Reduction in most Jargar string prices

We are pleased to introduce Jargar Superior cello A and D strings to our range.

We have been able to reduce our prices for most Jargar strings. Click on the links here for violin, viola and cello string price lists.  


September 1, 2014

Pirastro Strings

We are currently revising our Pirastro String prices. We are pleased to be reducing the price considerably, for many varieties.
We will be updating all Pirastro varieties for violin, viola, cello and double bass during the coming weeks.



August 25, 2014

PRICE REDUCTION: Tonica violin strings - in all sizes

                                         & Dominant violin strings - all sizes       

We are pleased to be reducing the price of Tonica  violin strings.
Tonica strings, by Pirastro string makers, were made as an answer to Dominant Strings (by Thomastic string makers).  Tonica strings come in all sizes.

At $68/69.70 per set, they are now one of our more affordable violin string options.

We have also been able to reduce the price of Dominant strings by $3 - $5 per string.
As always we do recommend a Westmister E with a dominant A, D and G set.



July 23, 2014

Website updates and New Larsen Virtuoso Strings

We are currently updating our website to include more information and images. We hope that you will find it increasingly intuituve to navigate. Visit Accessories (see left hand tabs) to view our violin case page.

We are excited to be making a new string available, as of today. Larsen Virtuoso is the newest addition to our carefully chosen range.


July 14, 2014

Vision Solo violin string - price reduction & Thomastik discontinues Vision Solo for 1/2 and 3/4 sized strings

Today we have reduced the price of Vision Solo, 4/4 violin strings by around $3 per string

Thomastik Infeld Vienna string makers are no longer producing Vision Solo 3/4 and 1/2 sized strings. We will unfortunately no longer be able to supply theses in store but do have some stock remaining for those who would like to use them for the following couple of years.

Vision Solo full sized strings are still available as before.  


July 8th, 2014

Changes to Vision String Prices

Thomastic (string makers) recently made some alterations to their violin string prices. At Antonio Strings we have followed suit.

While 1/16~1/2 sized strings have gone up slightly in price, 3/4  strings have come down. 

Peter Infeld (also by Thomastic) have come down by around $5 per string, which is fantastic news. These are excellent strings.   


July 2nd, 2014

Pirastro strings price reduction

We are currently reducing the price on selected Pirastro strings. The price of cello strings in Evah Pirazzi, Evah Pirazzi soloist, Passione and Eudoxa are the first to be re-priced.

An Evah Pirazzi cello set is now $337.90 (previously $441.40).

See our string web page for prices. 


July 1st, 2014

New trade-in and buy back rates

Due to increasing costs we have made the decision to change our trade-in rate to 65%. We believe this to be an excellent rate still.
We have changed our buy back rate also, to 50%. 

We are grateful to our customers for their understanding that to remain sustainable as a business, it is necessary for us to make this change.  

All previously purchased instruments can be traded-in or bought back at our previous rate of 75% and 60% respectively.

Our new rates apply to all sales from July 1st, 2014 onward.


April, 2014

Price reduction - Duplex cases and Vision strings

Due to the weak Japanese yen, we have been able to reduce the price of Duplex Ultralight violin cases by $100.
Previously $460, these popular cases are currently being sold for $360.


We have also reduced the price of the Vision violin strings by around 10%.








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