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.  





Carrabba Violins

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


Tues-Fri 9-5
Sat 10-5

Bow repair and rehair by appointment 



The Manhattan String Quartet FREE concerts at Seattle Pacific University First Free Methodist Church June 2016

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Mozart: Quartet in B‐flat major, K.458 ("The Hunt")
Bartok: String Quartet No.2, Op.17
Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B‐flat major, Op. 67
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Beethoven: String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 no.4
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 29
These concerts are free and open to the public!
First Free Methodist Church
3200 3rd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
For More Information, visit:  www.ManhattanStringQuartet.com



Tarizio article

"It is one of the earliest Strads to retain its original label and is original in every important part. Raphael Carrabba has just spent 19 months doing a fantastic restoration; his work in my mind deserves as much credit as the Hill’s – he’s brought it back to perfection."

Tarizio.com recently highlighted the "General Kyd" Stradivari that our team of luthiers restored online. Here is the link : ‘General Kyd, Leo Stern’ Stradivari of 1684 Tarizio.com May 26, 2016


Seattle Times article

Rafael Carrabba Violins is the name of his business — but “violins,” in this context, is shorthand for the entire family of bowed string instruments. Carrabba is particularly celebrated for his expertise with cellos.

(Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

He is the son of parents who played jazz gigs together at the old clubs on First Avenue, and Carrabba’s family members were fixtures in the Seattle music scene. Aunt Lucy played piano at the legendary King Oscar’s on Aurora, and Uncle Sal served as president of the local musicians union."

Read the full article written by Thomas May Strad on the Run