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What our customers say about us


“I have known the owners of Antonio Strad Violin, Guolian and Mary, since I moved to San Antonio more than 15 years ago. They are wonderful and warm people. I was hesitant at first to have any work done on my violin but my fears were quickly dismissed when Guolian skillfully and masterfully adjusted the sound post. He quickly “diagnosed” what the problem was just by looking at it without even hearing the violin. He then proceeded like a true master to adjust the position of the post. Low and behold my violin immediately played beautifully with a focused sound and great ease. I have taken my violin to many shops around the country and there are few people who can do a great job on my violin as at Antonio Strad. I trust the work Guolian does and I highly recommend him and Antonio Strad Violin shop to violinists and other string players of all levels.”

~ Bassam Nashawati
San Antonio Symphony Violinist

“After receiving the violin that your shop fixed for me, I was very happy to see the broad change, both in tone and in terms of playing it. It is now a lot easier to play and the tone now has a clean precision to it. Thank you so much!”

~ Violin Phenom, Ms. Nancy Zhou, on her violin repair performed by Antonio Strad Violin.

“My “new” violin was such a wonderful surprise. I am enjoying it very much and appreciate so much your expertise and special touch. The difference is remarkable, really.”

~ Educator, Ms. Deanna Badgett, amazed her violin is as good as new after repairing it at Antonio Strad Violin.”

“He did an excellent job, so I just keep coming back. These are highly specialized repairs, and he has people that have the expertise.”

~ San Antonio Symphony Bassist, Mr. James Chudnow, as quoted in the San Antonio Express News about our service on his 180 year-old, $130,000 bass.

“WOW! as a parent that knows next to nothing about violins this was the best buying experience I have ever had. Took my daughter who is still in her first years of violin to pick out her full size. The owner took time out of his day to personally show us 4 violins in our price range and then showed us how to pick out the perfect fit. First she played all 4, Then he had her turn around and listen to him play all 4 in mixed up order a few times. She would choose the best one each time and picked the same one over and over. I also picked the same one. Very high quality student violin / case / bow out the door for an extremely fair price. Worth the drive from Houston for sure. “

~ Michael Fouty

“We visited Antonio Strad by chance about two years ago and we have been delighted with their service, expertise, and friendly assistance ever since. We have had our own instruments repaired, strings replaced, bows re-haired, and we have only received excellent service, and respectful communication. We have purchased a bow and a case with no issues. We also rent two of our instruments from Antonio Strad and are satisfied with the rental terms. We have experienced Louis to go above and beyond the call of duty with our needs and requests. He is a valuable asset and takes the time to educate us and research our needs. Lee is professional and always so helpful. We have never had a bad experience or interaction, nor have we ever experienced pressure or up-sales, quite the opposite. We have received direct and clear information and it we are unable to afford something, our limitations are respected. While we have no complaints about other violin shops, we have simply come to value and appreciate Antonio Strad's customer service and personal care for our instruments. We highly recommend Antonio Strad Violins.”

~ April Dickson

“This is my number one shop for my violin. The people at the front desk are so helpful. I hope I get his name right, I think it was Lee. He fixed my violin, my bow and tuned it all for no charge! I thought my violin needed a lot of work but he spent just a few minutes adjusting the bridge and strings. Then bam back to a brand new violin. I'm so grateful for his amazing customer service! I will be a forever client there! Amazing, just amazing!! Thank you so much!”

~ Tessie Bu

“The knowledge and customer service here is impeccable.... I highly recommend visiting Antonio Strad for any instrument fitting and purchase. I am a happy customer. Thank you for everything”

~ Roland Zapata

“I’ve NEVER written a review before... for anything... and don't even give my own children 5 stars, but I have to admit that Antonio Strad Violin deserved them (the Stars... not my kids...) Had to replace a string and fine tuner for my daughters 1/4 violin. Very helpful, answered all my questions, didn't try to up-sell me, honest, and the place looks great, and didn't hold it against me that I'm a trumpet player 8c). Great job, Antonio Strad Violin!!”

~Thomas

“We are currently renting a violin for my 5th grader through Antonio Strad. I first learned of their company when she came home in May with their flyer and when I saw they had a Groupon in June I decided they would be the place we would rent from. We went a few weeks ago to rent her violin for the start of strings at her school and I was SO pleased with the level of service that we received while she was quickly fitted for a violin. They were a little busy but adequately staffed. I absolutely love whenever a company has a lot going on and treats you like you are the only customer there, and gives you the time and attention you deserve. I am so glad we chose this company and when we are ready to actually purchase her violin this is the place we will visit to do so.”

~ Tiesha T.

“I needed a violin to rent for my son's orchestra class.  I chose this store based on their main location's yelp reviews and the Groupon that was currently being sold. The new location itself is easy to get to.  There was no getting lost!  The store itself is small but all needs are met.  I spoke to 2 different guys while there and both were extremely knowledgeable in violins.  These experts never spoke down to me regarding what I wasn't sure of or didn't know.  Not the case at another music store I tried first.  For that, I was appreciative.  The one guy that helped me with the paperwork was patient, answered all of my questions respectfully and went the extra mile in being willing to make changes for me "if I wanted to".  Their prices are about the same as other stores I called or went to but the customer service here puts them at the top for me!  They know what they were talking about and have great manners.  I was very happy with my experience here and would recommend them to anyone!”

~ Jalyn T.

“We got greeted immediately upon arrival. The salesperson (Michael) was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. If you are in need for a good quality violin this is the place to go.”

~ Amy Najera

“Antonio Strad sets the bar for quality string instrument retail and services. You will not be disappointed.”

~ Danielle López

 “Great products and instruments. Great Customer Service and environment.”

~ Bernardo Cardenas

“I rented Violins for my entire family. Equipment & Staff both are EXCELLENT!!! Highly recommend! I will purchase my Violin& Cello both here!”

~ Judy Pat Lemcke

“Charming store and fantastic customer service!”

~ Bethannie Ntheboys

“Love this place! I am a loyal customer! Would never shop anywhere else! Great products amazing customer service! Thank you!”

~ Claudia Yvonne Glaser

“I recived the package only in 8 days after my order oversea to JAPAN. Thanks to their package, the bow was in very very good condition!!”

~ Ryota mashiko