Founded at the end of 1997 in Gainesville, Florida, Gainesville Violins Inc is wholly owned and operated by Jan and Anna van Rooyen, aided by a number of assistants. 

Gainesville Violins is dedicated to providing superior quality instruments and service to all of our customers around the world. We exert ourselves especially to help teachers. 

"A pound of experience is worth a ton of theory": Jan has handled more than 25,000 instruments in his life! 

While Forbes Magazine has not yet touted bow collecting as an important enterprise, we have seen a steep rise in this activity. Gainesville Violins provides a full service regarding violin, viola, cello and bass bows – modern as well as vintage and antique, all sizes and price levels, sales, repairs and re-hairing. From time to time we have Daniel Dorfler as well as David Hawthorne bows, not to mention other famous name brands such as D Muniz Brasil and other Arcos Brasil makers. Inquire today by emailing [email protected]

The main difference is that WE really care about YOU. Each instrument sold by Gainesville Violins is crafted to Jan's meticulous specifications and completed in his workshop. Our repair shop will take the time and care to make sure that your instrument serves you well. Whether you are restoring a much loved piece or maintaining the sound and feel that you love, Jan and Anna along with their team of assistants will keep the music in your life sounding the way it should while the beauty of each instrument is also carefully preserved. We rent out only quality instruments. Prize-winning musicians rent from us! We exceed the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) specifications. Each instrument is expertly fitted up, adjusted and tested in our workshop to make sure that it has the very best sound and playability.