Meet Colleen Mahoney!

Colleen Mahoney
J. R. Judd Violins is pleased to introduce our new Sales Representative, Colleen Mahoney. Colleen is a recent graduate of Ithaca College with degrees in Violin Performance and Physics. She is excited to extend our well-known customer service to you!

Whether you are a professional player, college professor, graduate student, or advancing player, Colleen will bring our showroom to you. The process could not be easier; contact Colleen with the items of interest and she will schedule a personal appointment with you. You will have the opportunity to play the instruments and bows while taking advantage of Colleen’s expertise to help you find the instrument or bow that is right for you. As always, our trial policy makes is possible to keep the items you chose for up to two weeks to aide your decision process. See our website for details on the trial policy.

We are thrilled to offer this new service and hope you will take advantage of it! To schedule an appointment or start the conversation, please contact Colleen at:

Colleen Mahoney
Or email:

Instrument and Bow Trials and Purchasing

When you call or visit the shop, our experienced staff will take the time to speak with you personally and guide you through the selection process of your new instrument or bow.

Customers are encouraged to take advantage of our one to two week trial policy before making a final decision.  If you are interested in trying instruments or bows, please see our TRIAL POLICY. Additionally, we offer a  trade-in policy for instruments purchased from J.R. Judd Violins in which the instrument’s full value (minus a small restocking charge) can be traded in and credited toward a more expensive instrument.

We understand the importance of finding just the right instrument.  For this reason, we encourage customers to take their time when making a selection.  Spend a couple hours or the whole day, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the experience.

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Appointments are requested.
Please call (570) 321-8070 or send an e-mail to in order to schedule an appointment.

Trial Policy JPGWhen you call or visit the shop, our experienced staff will take the time to speak with you personally and guide you through the selection process of your new instrument or bow.

We will take the time to understand what you are looking for in sizing, tone assessment, playability, and response. We will then suggest instruments or bows that meet your specifications. You can be sure that each item meets our high craftsmanship standards, having been approved through specific set up work, tonal adjustment, and play testing.

Items are allowed out on trial for two weeks. We will ship instruments or bows to any prospective buyer. Please see our shipping guide for information on shipping prices and procedures. Kindly contact us with any questions.

We are not only here at the time of purchase, but we remain available to help with future needs in order to continue developing long-term relationships with our customers.

We offer only those instruments that meet our own very high standards.

In addition, our continual contacts with colleagues and makers from around the world help us to ensure than our instruments are of the finest quality and reasonably priced.

If you are interested in trying one of our instruments or bows, please see our TRIAL POLICY PAGE.

Trade In NeweditAny violin, viola, cello, or bass purchased from J.R. Judd Violins is guaranteed to be accepted as a trade-in toward future purchase(s). 100% of the instrument’s original sales price will be credited to the new purchase, subject to following:


Terms & Conditions


The instrument remains in the same condition as when originally sold by J.R. Judd Violins. Normal wear and tear, such as wear to bow hair, strings, fingerboard, bridge, pegs, minor scratches, and open seams are acceptable. Moderate to major damage such as cracks, broken neck, broken edges, corners, sound post splits, etc…, may either void the trade guarantee or result in a reduction of the instrument’s value, at the sole judgement of J.R. Judd Violins.

Any new purchase must total an amount greater than that of the trade-in value.

A trade-in fee will be required as follows*:

Violins $55.00
Violas $55.00
Cellos $95.00
Basses $195.00

Bows will be accepted at 50% of the original value if in good condition. The cost of any necessary repairs will be deducted from the trade-in value.

*Instruments currently in the rental program are exempt from these trade-in fees as the cost for maintenance is covered in the rental insurance charges.

We also accept trade-ins on other items, including bows and instruments not originally purchased at J.R. Judd Violins. These items are subject to the trade-in fees listed above. Please contact us for details.

Please use this short tutorial to determine the correct size of your child’s violin, viola, cello, or bass.


Step 1: You will need a yardstick or tape measure.


Step 2: Have your child stand up straight and place his/her left hand straight out
to the side with the palm up.



Step 3: Place the yardstick or tape measure at the base of the neck and measure out to the center of the palm.


Step 4: Use the conversion chart below to determine instrument size.


Click here to view the sizing chat.

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“I have been doing business with J.R. Judd Violins since 1998, both as the parent of a young violinist and as a high school orchestra director. I am pleased with the quality of instruments offered. Maybe even more importantly, I have found the technicians at Judd Violins to be quite helpful in answering questions. No question seems too insignificant or too grand to elicit an insightful and helpful response.     The repair work done at the shop is of the highest quality. I have always taken instruments to the shop with the utmost confidence in the ability of the repairmen to offer superior craftsmanship. The recent addition of teaching facilities and a recital room reinforce Judd’s commitment to education and serving the community. These attributes confirm their desire to be a facilitator and partner in music education. I think that J.R. Judd Violins is a tremendous asset to the musical community.”

Diana Bailey Diana Bailey