We work by appointment.

Appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday
contact us by
phone: 858-909-0319
email: paula@theviolinshopsandiego.com

10505 Sorrento Valley Rd., Suite 385,
San Diego, CA 92121


We specialize in all sizes of violins, violas and cellos. 
Our sales and rentals are backed by our world class workshop.


Welcome to The Violin Shop

The Violin Shop is a combination of highly skilled Luthiers and professional string players offering the discriminating musician warm and personalized attention, from the beginner to the professional. The owners, Paula Simmons & Kevin Smith opened the doors to The Violin Shop in June of 2006 with the commitment to offer students, teachers, and professional musicians a full service string shop that guarantees the highest level of quality in both product and service.

We are the exclusive dealer of the Jay Haide collection in San Diego. Whether you are looking for a first-time purchase or upgrading, we offer an ever-expanding line of instruments, bows and accessories. We have both modern and old world instruments from Europe, Asia and America as well as handcrafted violins and violas by Kevin Smith (please see the Luthier page of our website for more information on his instruments).

Please see our sales page for more details on our beautiful selection of featured instruments. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment to try-out any of our instruments.

Keep in mind when you purchase an instrument through The Violin Shop our continued maintenance and repair service stays with you and your instruments!


The Violin Shop works by appointment to insure that they can meet each client’s needs to the best of their ability with undivided attention. Appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday.

Adult String Quartet Program

If you have ever played in a string quartet you know that both the rewards and challenges are many. If you have never played in a string quartet, it’s time to start.

On a musical level you have to rely on your own abilities, practice your parts and be willing to compromise. On a logistic level you need to be responsible to the other members of the group, to come prepared, on time, and be fully committed to making your quartet a priority.

Professional Coaches

Freelance professional performers and teachers from private teaching studios will provide professional coaching.

Already established groups or partial groups will be accommodated as much as possible. Once all auditions have been screened and groups decided on, each quartet will be scheduled for an organizational meeting.

This program offers a flexible schedule throughout the semester, custom-built for each group.

At the first session, I will meet with the students to sight-read & choose repertoire. and to decide on a rehearsal schedule. I will then take the availability of each group & plan coached sessions with the professionals.

The schedule will include:
A 1 ½ hour first meeting session
Six 2- hour sessions of independent quartet rehearsal
Six 2 -hour session, at The Violin Shop or in a members home with a professional violin, viola, or cello coach.
A 1 ½ hour dress rehearsal session the week prior to the recital

Recital of All Quartet Groups
A recital with all participating quartets will be held May/ June, to be decided once all quartet schedules are set.
Program Fee $ 400.00 all-inclusive
Please call, Paula Simmons 858-909-0319, to schedule an audition time before December 15, 2015. Please find the application below.


Performances & Events

  Quartetto Sorrento
Performance Schedule

North Coast Strings
Fall 2015 Schedule

Watch videos of Master Luthier Kevin Smith share insights on instruments.

The Violin: An Introduction – Part 1 of 7

Provided by the Museum of Making Music Archives

To view Videos Part 2 – Part 7


The shop offers lessons from Suzuki to traditional teaching styles, for all ages and abilities by accomplished professional musicians, please see our lessons page to meet them.

Learning to play a stringed instrument is a challenging endeavor. Quality instruments with the correct setup will make a substantial difference in a beginner’s ability to develop strong fundamental technique. With this in mind, Kevin has written a series of articles about stringed instruments. He understands that for the musician, it is all about the sound of their instrument. If you are considering purchasing an instrument for yourself or your child, take a moment to read his articles.

Read About Understanding Sound

Teachers & Testimonials

A special note to Teachers

Whether you are a classroom teacher or a private instructor we want to help you maximize your teaching efforts, by placing the best possible instrument in your students’ hands. Our set-ups start your student off with a better sound. We have instruments for sale and we have programs for upgrading and renting instruments. Additionally, we stock bows, cases, strings and other accessories. Come in and meet us, or feel free to call at your convenience, we want to work with you!


“Over the last 3-1/2 years, I have purchased between 50-60 violins for my Crown Point Junior Music Academy Suzuki Program from the Violin Shop. In addition, many students from my other school programs as well as those from my private studio rent or purchase instruments from the Violin Shop. As an educator who has dealt with many vendors over several years, the Violin Shop has consistently provided the highest quality products and supreme service.

Paula Simmons is always ready and willing to provide professional support for all my students needs. Master Luthier Kevin Smith does an incredible job setting instruments up to proper specifications.

Most of my performing colleagues as well as myself bring our high-end instruments to Kevin.
When I go around the classroom tuning instruments, the instruments Kevin has set up, needs little or no tuning.
The pegs do not slip, even in severe dry, windy conditions.”

Stephen Luchs