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Thomson Violins Ltd is dedicated to the sale and acquisition of fine instruments and bows, both antique and contemporary. 


A cellist and graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Sawyer Thomson has built relationships with professional orchestral musicians, soloists, conservatory students, and teachers. As a result, his client base is constantly expanding. He is proud that the vast majority of sales and consignments have come to fruition through word-of-mouth recommendations. 


Maintaining close relationships with the field’s leading experts ensures that all items offered are genuine, and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity when appropriate. Should he not have a client's ideal instrument or bow available, Sawyer's working relationships with top experts and firms enable him to source the finest masterpieces of violin and bow making. 


An instrument’s tone is of vital importance; Sawyer calls upon his background as a professional cellist to seek out instruments with exceptional tonal qualities. 


Bows are a particular passion of his. A fine bow should be an extension of one’s body, allowing the musician to sculpt a soundscape and express musical intentions with ease. Bows have an unspoken attraction: their simplicity, elegance, responsiveness, as well as the magical connection that occurs when matched with the proper instrument. 


From a collecting standpoint, Sawyer understands firsthand the importance of an example’s quality and condition in regards to other examples of a particular maker’s work. Investment potential is also of utmost importance. Having studied some of the most important private collections in the world, with frequent trips to Europe and Asia, he has handled and studied the world's finest instruments and bows. These experiences have given him an eye for quality, as well as an understanding of the global market and price trends. 


Whether you are a professional musician looking for your instrumental life partner or a collector seeking your next gem, Thomson Violins Ltd eagerly awaits the chance to meet your every need. 

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