Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd.
World-class instruments, bows & expertise.
As one of the oldest violin dealerships in the United States, our goal is to provide a level of service and expertise beyond that available in shops of lesser experience. Our beginnings in 1926 grew out of close relationships with Rembert Wurlitzer of New York as well as the great English firm of W.E. Hill & Sons, who offered Kenneth Warren, Sr. their knowledge, encouragement and support. Now in its third generation of family ownership, our shop provides instruments and bows of unquestioned authenticity in the finest condition attainable within the realm of responsible and up to date restoration techniques. President and chief expert James Warren is one of the founders and past president of the Chicago School of Violin Making and presently sits on the board of directors of that school as well as the Violin Society of America. He has given lectures at the VSA, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, the National Music Museum, and the Royal Academy of Music. He has also sponsored, co-sponsored, or contributed in some way to a number of research projects on historic violin and bow makers. As a full-service shop, we carry a wide selection of strings, rosin, books, CDs, cases and many other fine accessories for violins, violas, ‘cellos and their bows. Repairs and bow rehairs are done onsite to the highest standards.
40 North Wells Street