The Violin Shop
Fred Carpenter opened The Violin Shop in 1988 starting in a spare bedroom of his home, then moving into the corner of a friend’s guitar shop, and in 1993 into his own retail space in the Bellevue area of West Nashville where it remained for the next 20 years. As the business continued to grow, it became “the place to go” for fiddlers and strings players both near and far. In 2005, a performance room was added for concerts, workshops and jam sessions, which led to the highly acclaimed Fiddle Masters Concert Series tapings, released on DVD in 3 volumes.
Realizing the need to be more centrally located to accommodate its clientele, in 2013 The Violin Shop relocated to 2504 Franklin Pike, near downtown and Music Row. This beautifully renovated building features an inviting gallery of well over 100 instruments and bows, all beautifully displayed, and a timeless collection of black and white portraits of celebrated fiddlers by photographer Jim McGuire. You’ll also find a complete line of strings, cases and accessories, as well as an on-site repair shop.
Much has changed since The Violin Shop opened its doors nearly 30 years ago, yet Carpenter recognizes that loyalty to his business has remained intact. “A lot of folks have been coming in the whole time that I’ve been here, so it’s been a great way to stay in touch with friends and colleagues that I’ve known for years. That’s definitely been a big blessing for me.”
Source: The Violin Shop