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In addition to bows, you can shop at Mt. Airy Violins & Bows for CDs of some of the area’s best string instrumentalists, music including oldtime, Irish and Classical Music and Jazz and Swing. You’ll also find a number of accessories for your instrument.

In the future, we’ll be adding instructional videos, books of tunes, music art and posters and other gifts. Our goal is to not only be a store for the serious musician, but a Northwest Philadelphia community center offering ways to inspire your life musically. We will also be presenting and sponsoring concerts, so check back with us often.

CDs of Area Musicians ($15 each)

Oldtime Music
Rafe Stefanini, Bluegrass Meadows
Solo fiddle music
The Rockinghams, Shout Lulu
R. Stefanini, fiddle; B. Smith, guitar; J. Herrman, banjo; M. McIntosh, bass
Beverly Smith and Carl Jones, Moving Lightly Through This World
B. Smith, guitar, vocals, fiddle; C. Jones Southern music duets featuring vocal harmonies
The Brandywine Mountain Music Convention
A Twenty Year Legacy of Old Time Music
Clare Milliner & Walt Koken, Just Tunes
C. Milliner, fiddle; W. Koken, banjo
Irish Music
Irish Fiddlers, Toss the Fiddles – The Philadelphia Ceili Group’s 27th Annual Festival of Irish
 Music and Dance including John Brennan, Brendan Callahan, Liz Carroll, Kevin Doherty,
 Dezi Donelly, etc.
Ceol Mor, Ceol Mor or Big Music
M. Copeland, flute, whistle; B. Bender, guitar, bass; M. Gittelman, fiddle, vocal; T. Gittelman,
 mandolin, bouzouki, bodhran
Classical Music
Jeffrey Solow & Doris Stevenson, Felix Mendelssohn, Complete Music for Cello and Piano
Jazz and Swing
Dylan Taylor & Kelly Meashey, Songs of Living
Bass with Solo Voice
Tyrone Brown String Sextet, Song of the Sun $10
Beats Walkin’, Bop-a-billy Swing!
J. Cohen pedal steel, vocal; W. Bourne, vocal, guitar; B. Lewis, bass, vocal;
C. Lindsay, drums, vocal

Jim Cohen, Four to the Bar
 J. Cohen, pedal steel, guitar, vocal; D. Kleiman, keyboards; M. Landan, bass; N. Kidman, percussion



Discounted strings, rosins, cases, shoulder rests, tuners, metronomes, manuscript paper, etc.
are available for all your music needs. If we don’t have exactly what you want, special orders
(also discounted) can be filled in 2 days.


This section is under construction


Information about Pernambucco wood - an interesting paper on pernambuco, the wood used
for bowmaking. On Arcos Brasil web site.

Violin Society of America

David VanZandt’s list of makers

American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers

Stebgo Metals, Inc. -- Precious metal specialists

Vintage Instruments-- Located in Center City Philadelphia, Vintage Instruments is America’s largest and most eclectic shop specializing in old and antique acoustic musical instruments. Elizabeth makes and repairs bows for Vintage.

Rafe Stefanini -- An Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak customer

Contact Information:
Mt. Airy Violins & Bows
Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak, Bowmaker and Proprietor
6665 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
E-mail: bowmaker@violinsandbows.us


Click on the link below and get directions to our shop on mapquest. We look forward to meeting
and serving you.

General vicinity; street level (You can input your origination address in the fields under the map.
Desitination address is already entered). Clicking on the zoom levels on the right of the map will
give you different maps of the shop’s location in relation to the Mt. Airy neighborhood,
Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill, outlining communities and the suburbs.

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