Welcome to Bishop instruments & bows
Bishop Instruments & Bows have moved to a brand-new London location, next door to the British Museum. Our new showroom offers a fantastic new space for our clients to browse our extensive collection of instruments and try them out. Get in touch to book an appointment!Learn more
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Sean Bishop, Director of Bishop Instruments & Bows is a specialist fine instrument dealer in London, with an international client base. We sell fine and rare instruments and bows to students, amateurs and professionals.View our Instruments
Europe’s largest viola & bow collection
Bishop Instruments & Bows has one of the largest collections of violas and bows in Europe, including pieces by some of the world’s finest craftsmen.Violas available
Our beautiful selection of violins, violas & cellos
Welcome to our instrument for sale pages. Here you will find our selection of new instruments by today’s finest living makers, starting from £6000 ,through to finest antique French, English and Italian instruments. If you do not see an instrument you want, please email me! I might have one in the safe or know of one!
Thanks for the great C.A. Testore viola you found for me Sean. It is the finest concert viola I have played. I have done many solo concerts and everyone loves it!
In 2009 I bought a beautiful early 19th century Italian violin from Sean. The instrument is in wonderful condition and I thank Sean for his clarity and professionalism.
My Nicolo Gagliano violin sounds great. Thank you Sean.
Sean Bishop’s shop should be the first port of call for all viola players, always a fine selection of old and new instruments and bows. I love my Noel Burke bow.
Sean, takk for at du har hjulpet studentene mine med italienske fioliner de siste par årene! Oppsettet, kvaliteten på instrumentene og innbytte mulighetene – er helt supert!
I bought a beautiful Capicchioni from Sean in 2008. I would not have found such an instrument without him. He has always been brilliant with my students too.
Mil gracias Sean por proporcionarme viola y arco tan extraordinarios. La experiencia de conocer tu colección ha sido excepcional, y por eso, después de estar en tu taller, tengo la seguridad de que la compra ha sido acertada, en todos los aspectos, y al cien por cien. Gracias también por el trato recibido, inmejorable en todo momento. Un abrazo, José Manuel Saiz.
제가 예산했던 것으로 살 수 있는 최고의 활을 만났습니다. 저와 저의 바이올린에게 어울리는 활을 만날 수 있도록 친절히 도와주셔서 감사해요 숀!
We recommend Sean Bishop for any
Orchestra or Ensemble for his help,
knowledge and enthusiasm for fine
Thank you for helping me find this remarkable JB Vuillaume. It fits so well with the quartet!
When I entrusted Sean to sell my Guadagnini I knew I would be getting a first class service! And to sell it so quickly he was able to achieve everything so quickly, easily, seamlessly and Brilliantly! In addition to Sean’s amazing service, he’s just a helluva nice guy 😉
Thank you for finding me the fine Alessandro Gagliano viola!
Sean has a constant circulation of very high level bows, both modern and fine old bows. Being a string player he has a good sense of taste and chooses high quality bows. I have my Victor Fetique from him.
I first visited Bishop’s Instruments and Bows when I was just a teenager and have always been excellently guided by Sean!
I purchased a very fine Modern Cremonese Viola there which I used for my first performances of many different concertos, as well as several great bows including the Lamy which I play on today!
I was also lucky enough to receive a great modern bow as part of the prize at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition from Bishop’s and am very grateful to Sean for sponsoring prizes at several of the competitions which I participated in!
I heard people speak of a golden age of modern bow making; but it is only thanks to the wonderful selection of new bows at Sean Bishop’s shop that I have been able to discover the truth of this for myself (and in the process find a couple of wonderful bows which I use regularly ). I know of no better place to start one’s search, or any comparable collection.
´J’ai eu le plaisir de faire la connaissance de Sean Bishop qui m’a présenté une très belle et interessante collection d’archets.
Sean s’est montré très accueillant, compréhensif tout en témoignant une souplesse qui est nécessaire et précieuse quant au choix d’un bel archet. Choix qui peut se faire cornélien et qui s’est finalement porté en ce qui me concerne sur un magnifique Vigneron.
On my regular visits I am always more than stunned to view and try Bishop’s enormous bow and instrument collection. Something for everyone! I even found a bow and viola myself………
Suuret kiitokset upeasti soivasta Marinus Capicchioni viulusta!
Seanilla on aina ollut vankalla ammattitaidolla valittuja soittimia ja jousia!
Violinist from Tampere Filharmonia
“Thanks so much, Sean, for helping me find my bow. Having tried a fantastic selection, I feel like I’ve finally found “the one!”
Eoin Schmidt-Martin, violist – Carducci String Quartet
“I visited Bishop Instruments & Bows a few times. I trust Sean’s judgement and I also very much like Martin’s impeccable rehairs and repairs. Recently, I had a wonderful experience trying out several bows in the comfort of my home in Singapore from a fantastic selection Sean sent over. I ended up purchasing one, which I absolutely love. Thank you so much, Sean!
It is a special experience to be in the Bishop’s showroom surrounded by so many beautiful instruments and bows and with time and space to really try things. Sean has been a tremendous help in finding wonderful bows and instruments for me and my students over the years.
Επισκέφτηκα τρεις με τέσσερις φορές το μαγαζί του Sean και πάντα ήταν πολύ ευγενικός και εξυπηρετικός!
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