Seman Violins

Seman Violins Makers, Dealers and Restorers of Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses. Members of Violin Society of America and American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
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We recently moved to a new location at 4447 Oakton St. in Skokie IL. Our shop employs six active violin makers, and everyone here is also a player. We handle rentals, sales, repairs, restorations, appraisals re-hairs.

Operating as usual

Who has stopped by to visit us yet? We’ve been at this location for over 10 years! Our shop is made up of 3 practice roo...
04/13/2021

Who has stopped by to visit us yet? We’ve been at this location for over 10 years! Our shop is made up of 3 practice rooms, a concert hall, a workshop space, and shopping for instruments, rentals, cases, and accessories. Due to covid, we encourage you to make an appointment ahead of time by emailing or calling us. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Happy Birthday Peter Seman! 🎂
04/09/2021

Happy Birthday Peter Seman! 🎂

Happy Birthday Peter Seman! 🎂

This is a great example of why it’s worthwhile to insure your instrument and invest in a good quality case. Contact us i...
04/03/2021

This is a great example of why it’s worthwhile to insure your instrument and invest in a good quality case. Contact us if you have any questions about how to protect your instrument. 🎻

Time to set up this cello wall hanger. Do you think it will sound good?
04/02/2021

Time to set up this cello wall hanger. Do you think it will sound good?

Peter Seman starting on his next 5 string violin 🎻
03/23/2021

Peter Seman starting on his next 5 string violin 🎻

Peter Seman starting on his next 5 string violin 🎻

In case you were wondering what the rest of the violin with the “drunken f holes” looks like 🎻
03/18/2021

In case you were wondering what the rest of the violin with the “drunken f holes” looks like 🎻

Drunk f holes
03/18/2021

Drunk f holes

Drunk f holes

Dominant Pros are now in stock! More color, quicker response and broader midrange than original Dominant strings.  Messa...
03/15/2021

Dominant Pros are now in stock! More color, quicker response and broader midrange than original Dominant strings.  Message us for more info!

Dominant Pros are now in stock! More color, quicker response and broader midrange than original Dominant strings.  Message us for more info!

Our gift cards are now available for purchase online! Select the amount and we will mail you the gift card or we also of...
03/12/2021

Our gift cards are now available for purchase online! Select the amount and we will mail you the gift card or we also offer curbside pickup and will run it out to you! Help support Seman Violins and purchase a gift card online 🙏🏼🎻

Our gift cards are now available for purchase online! Select the amount and we will mail you the gift card or we also offer curbside pickup and will run it out to you! Help support Seman Violins and purchase a gift card online 🙏🏼🎻

Behind the scenes photo shoot of some of our new bases! Coming to the website soon... stay tuned!
03/11/2021

Behind the scenes photo shoot of some of our new bases! Coming to the website soon... stay tuned!

The back of Peter Seman’s 2nd Balestrieri copy which is now completely finished! Who’s ready to play it?! 🎻
03/07/2021

The back of Peter Seman’s 2nd Balestrieri copy which is now completely finished! Who’s ready to play it?! 🎻

The back of Peter Seman’s 2nd Balestrieri copy which is now completely finished! Who’s ready to play it?! 🎻

Photos from American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers's post
03/05/2021

Photos from American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers's post

February Fiddle Frenzy 2021
02/14/2021
February Fiddle Frenzy 2021

February Fiddle Frenzy 2021

February Fiddle Frenzy is a weekend long interactive music experience available to fiddlers with one year experience and beyond.

Photos from Andrews University Department of Music's post
02/14/2021

Photos from Andrews University Department of Music's post

Just going to leave this here...
01/22/2021

Just going to leave this here...

The accessibility viola is done.  Delivery happens today!  Built by Noah Scott for a client with mobility issues in the ...
12/10/2020

The accessibility viola is done. Delivery happens today! Built by Noah Scott for a client with mobility issues in the left arm. But heck, it sounds great too!!!

F-hole and fluting day!
11/04/2020

F-hole and fluting day!

Arching and purpling are complete on the accessibility viola #violinmaking #viola #accessibility
10/30/2020

Arching and purpling are complete on the accessibility viola #violinmaking #viola #accessibility

Progress continues... #accessibility #violinmaking #viola
10/19/2020

Progress continues... #accessibility #violinmaking #viola

The accessibility viola has been joined by a standard Guarneri model...
10/14/2020

The accessibility viola has been joined by a standard Guarneri model...

10/02/2020

Just a little worm damage...

Split sound post from the same violin....
10/02/2020

Split sound post from the same violin....

Shop Local Skokie
08/12/2020

Shop Local Skokie

Seman Violins have options at-hand to help augment or take the place of music while school is remote or hybrid. 🎻🎻🎻

✅Need a teacher?
For music schools and teachers offering both in-person and remote lessons!

✅Need a rental instrument?
Should you need a rental instrument for your child, they have rental specials and all of the accessories you need!

✅Want a new violin?
For a really affordable violin package that sounds great and is an excellent platform to learn on, they recently launched their SV50 line. Call 847-674-0690 for more details 😀😀😀

Peter Seman’s Arch top guitar neck is finally glued in!
08/06/2020

Peter Seman’s Arch top guitar neck is finally glued in!

Lastest Peter Seman 5 String Violin is done and ready to be shipped to a client in Israel!
07/25/2020

Lastest Peter Seman 5 String Violin is done and ready to be shipped to a client in Israel!

Peter Seman just finished this violin! It’s a Guarneri Del Gesu copy (Kochanski1741) Direct message us for inquiries 🙏🏼🎻
05/29/2020

Peter Seman just finished this violin! It’s a Guarneri Del Gesu copy (Kochanski1741) Direct message us for inquiries 🙏🏼🎻

05/28/2020
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird Playing 5 String Violin Made By Peter Seman

"Action / Adventure"

05/28/2020
Lonesome Ace Stringband

Lonesome Ace Stringband

Next Tuesday night at 7:30pm EST, @John Showman and I will be live-streaming a socially distanced set of John Hartford songs and tunes right here on FB. We are doing this as a wake for the tour we were supposed to be on right now, which would have included John Hartford Memorial Festival this very weekend.
https://www.facebook.com/events/913398602419703/

Back in the Goodle Days! Man, this song feels poignant right now, starts out ominous, but it's got a lot of hope.

Thanks to all the other venues The Brashler Barn, Montrose Saloon, The Venue on Winnebago St., Seman Violins, The Robin Theatre, Acoustic Harvest that were going to host us!

Hope to see you next week - Tuesday, June 2 @ 7:30pm EST
(don't worry, we'll remind you again)

Peter Seman just started a new cello, M. Gofriller, Venice, 1700
04/22/2020

Peter Seman just started a new cello, M. Gofriller, Venice, 1700

04/20/2020
Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird

My violin maker friend, Peter Seman, sent me this doohickey vibrato mute. First time trying it out.

Luthier & Owner of Seman Violins, Peter Seman just finished another 5 string violin 👏🏼🎻
04/18/2020

Luthier & Owner of Seman Violins, Peter Seman just finished another 5 string violin 👏🏼🎻

We are proud to announce the launch of our most affordable instrument outfit, the SV50 Violin.  Each violin in this seri...
04/14/2020

We are proud to announce the launch of our most affordable instrument outfit, the SV50 Violin. Each violin in this series is a fully carved, handmade instrument, and is designed to set students up for musical success!

Currently available in Full Size only. Fractional sizes coming soon!

Price $500.00

Includes: Violin, Carbon Fiber Bow & Case

For More Information Please Visit Our Website

Address

4447 Oakton St
Skokie, IL
60076

Just take the old 97 to our corner (CTA bus route that is) Or the Yellow Line Oakton Stop which is 4 blocks west

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(847) 674-0690

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We're a team of professional violin makers, all graduates of the Chicago School of Violin Making. We're also musicians representing a wide variety of genres. We understand what musicians are looking for, and we're experts at crafting quality instruments that deliver.

We offer a wide range of instruments and accessories that suit every level. Our clients range from renowned musicians to students. We also specialize in repairs, restorations, and rentals


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Thank you to Seman Violins, and especially Noah,for helping my daughter choose her new violin and for helping restore her starter instrument as a backup! We've got one super happy violinist ready for her new orchestra season.