About Us

What Makes Us Different?

Fine Violins and Bows

With a large selection of fine violins and bows in stock, our customers can enjoy the experience of playing and selecting from a variety of professionally set-up and shop-adjusted instruments. All of our sales staff are professional players and teachers who can help you find the instrument and bow that matches your playing style and budget. Even if you are unable to come to our Bethesda shop, you can expect the same level of personal concern and detailed attention that our in-store clients enjoy. Our access to rare instruments and bows satisfies the most specific demands and performance needs in the higher-end instrument market. 

Concierge Service

It is difficult to describe the level of customized personal service and attention that our clients enjoy. Since 1996, professional string players, teachers and their students have relied on us for in-depth consultations and advice. Because of our regular buying trips -- both national and international -- we can offer the advantage of sourcing from instrument dealers in Paris, New York and London. If you can't find what you are looking for in our existing inventory, we can offer specialized location services for your fine instrument needs. Many of our antique instruments come furnished with certificates from the most reputable experts in the world.

Restorations and Repairs

Our staff of professional luthiers enjoys the highest reputation for quality craftsmanship and sensitivity to the player's expectations for their prized instruments. Whether it's for regular maintenance or complete restoration of priceless historic instruments, our craftsmen can be counted on to provide the very finest in instrument service. You may also be interested in trying out a violin or viola crafted personally by one of our staff luthiers.

Nationwide Instrument Rentals

No other rental programs in the country offer the quality or financial advantages as the rental offerings from The Potter Violin Company. Whether you are just starting out or need a step-up rental for your school orchestra, we can provide the most positive experience with three different levels of rental instruments. Available from coast to coast, our rental programs allow 100% of the first 18 months of rent as credit towards the purchase of a higher quality instrument.

Visit us! We are located at the historic Blair Mansion at 7711 Eastern Ave, Takoma Park, MD.  Our Bethesda location is permanently closed. 


Questions?  Call us between 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday and on Saturdays from 10 to 4pm at 800 317-9452.

Fine Instruments and bows $10K and Above

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Cello/Bass Sales

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