Buying an Instrument

With a constantly expanding stock of carefully selected instruments, from high quality German, French and English instruments to the finest examples of Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, Florian Leonhard Fine Violins offers an extensive range of violins, violas and cellos at every level. With Florian’s expert eye, we ensure that each instrument is genuine, and take the time to match the musician with their perfect instrument. We handle some of the world’s most prestigious violin sales and our client list includes many current and future international music stars.

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Restoration & Repairs

Our team of specialist restorers apply techniques finessed over centuries to preserve and restore instruments in the most conservative manner.

Authentication, Certification & Valuation

Often referred to as ‘the Sherlock Holmes of violin authentication,’ Florian Leonhard offers bespoke authentication and valuation services that are recognised worldwide by all major institutions.

New Making

Crafted with knowledge and expertise, honed over 30 years of intense study, our meticulous bench copies are now used by some of the best players in the world.

Highlights from our London Collection

These are some of the fine, carefully selected instruments currently in our collection.

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A Violin by Tomaso Balestrieri

Mantua, c1760

This highly characteristic violin by the great Mantuan maker is a ‘powerhouse’ example...

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A Violin by Pietro Antonio Dalla Costa

Treviso, c1760

A strong follower of the Brothers Amati, Dalla Costa is a great name amongst the makers of...

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Violin by Nicolo Gagliano

Naples, 1766

This is a very fine example by Nicolo Gagliano, in extremely clean condition, and still be...

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A Violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume

Paris, 1862

A very typical example by this great French maker, dealer and innovator from his latest pe...

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A Violin by Gennaro Gagliano

Naples, c.1740

An unusually fine, bold example of one of the most important South Italian makers. Its arc...

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A Violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini

Parma, 1769

The Ex-Merter Guadagnini is one of the finest sounding examples of the Parma period we’v...

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A Violin by Carlo Giuseppe Oddone

Turin, 1929

A delightfully typical and clean example of this important early twentieth century makers ...

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A Violin by Carlo Ferdinando Landolphi

Milan, 1759

This violin displays a deep red transparent varnish with fine craquelure, elegant arching;...

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Florian helps reunite Sheku Kanneh-Mason with rare Amati cello


We were delighted to help permanently reunite Sheku Kanneh-Mason with the 1610 Amati cello he played to win the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, with the help of a generous anonymous sponsor based in London.

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VSA Double gold for Gabor Draskoczy


Gabor Draskoczy, who has worked for seven years as our head of new making under Florian’s direction here at Florian Leonard Fine Violins, has won double gold at the Violin Society of America’s 22nd International Competition.

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