Rafael Carrabba Violins is one of the country’s finest violin shops. Musicians from around the globe have brought their instruments to our expert luthiers for repairs, restorations, and valuations. We sell instruments and bows in all price ranges. We also sell cases, strings, and accessories.  

Rafael Carrabba Violins is located on Queen Anne Hill at 405 W Galer Street in beautiful Seattle, Washington.

If you are traveling to Seattle to try one of our instruments, we can help you find a hotel close to the shop. More information? Please call us at 206-283-5566.

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Carrabba Violins

405 W Galer St
Seattle, WA 98119 
206-283-5566             email click here


Wed through Fri 9-5
Sat 10-5

*We will be closed November 18th through the 24th for Thanksgiving Holiday!

*Limited rehairs for the month of November. We have space November 9th for next day rehairs.  There is limited space for rehairs on the 16th, but those bows willl not be available for pick up until December 1.  Please schedule your appointment asap!


Tuesdays by appointment only.

Bow repair and rehair done on Fridays, by appointment only.  




Closed from November 18 through the 24th for Thanksgiving Holiday!


Rafael Carrabba Violins, Inc. will be closed November 18th through the 24th in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen, Wednesday, November 28th. 





Limited Bow Services November 2018

Please note that there will be no bow rehair services from November 16th through the 29th.  We have room to rehair bows on Friday, November 9th - those bows will be ready to pick up on Saturday November 10. We will take in a limited amount of bows through the 16th, but those bows will not be ready for pick up December 1st.  Please plan accordingly.  


"Dear Rafael,

When you mentioned the old term/definition of Queen Anne Hill, counterbalance, you reminded me that I have never fully expressed my gratitude to you, your superb expertise and that of your team of craftsmen, including your educated staff.

Carrabba Violins continues to be the hub and counterbalance of luthiers from the Pacific Coast to the East Coast of the United States. And beyond.

I am 90 and still playing cello - now exclusively string quartet.  Thanks to you, my cello sings.  I love it, and my two string quartet, players love it.

Rafael, you have exceeded professional, ethical and human expectations.  Your volcanic simmer of intent listening, and adjusting, until your remarkable and demanding "ear" is rewarded with a round richness of tone in every register, cannot be duplicated.

Knowing you, your ability to work with many of us, amateur to professional, has given me (and my cello) a satisfaction and trust   I  cannot duplicate.

A thousand thanks, Rafael Carrabba


Frances Walton"