Musical Instruments in San Francisco, CA
Bill Gailes was majoring in music performance at the University of Maryland in 1974 while working as a free-lance musician and studying violin making with a local craftsman. After completing his 1st violin, Op. 1 No. 1, in 1975, Bill decided to concentrate on making and repairing bowed stringed instruments. He continues to study restoration technique at summer sessions with Hans J. Nebel (almost every year for over three decades) He has studied with Arnold Bone on bow rehair and repair, and with Samuel Kolstein (yes, once upon a time we did bass repairs) and even a short course with the great Dario D'Attili in 1975.
read moreWe are open by appointment only so that we can limit the number of customers in the shop at any given time. Please call us at 301-474-4300 to make an appointment.
Gailes Violin Shop
read moreGailes' Violin Shop offers a full range of quality instruments from around the globe to meet a variety of budgets and performance expectations. Through each price range, our selection offers continual refinement of arching and graduation, acoustical woods and varnishes that allow increasing levels of tonal possibilities, projection and sound quality. Each instrument is unique, and we invite you to make an appointment to play several instruments in your target price range. A sampling of the instruments currently in stock is listed on the following pages.
Gailes' Violin Shop
read moreIf you fax the agreement to us (301-474-4380), we will have your instrument waiting for you when you arrive. You will need to know what size instrument you need for this service. If you don't know what size you need, please bring your child, or the person who will be playing the instrument, with you when you come to our shop. We will fill in those fields when we select the instrument for you. Our rental violins, violas and cellos are the same high quality as the Franz Helmer instruments we offer for purchase.