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 



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


Cello Recital: Romantic Rachmaninoff

From Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, cellist Brooke Scholl is in Seattle this weekend performing at the All Pilgrims Christian Church. For her performance she will be playing an early twentieth century cello on loan from Rafael Carrabba Violins.

Brooke Scholl is a northwest native and a graduate of Central Washington University where she studied with John Michel. She also spent a summer living and studying in Vienna with Josef Luitz. She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Desmond Hoebig and Andres Diaz. Her orchestral experience includes, but is not limited to, participating in the Idyllwild Summer Music Festival 2007-08 featuring performances at Los Angeles’ Disney Concert Hall, appearances with Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, and year long positions with the Yakima, Wenatchee, and Auburn symphonies. Brooke has also performed in numerous competitions and master classes throughout her career. She has played in master classes with cellists such as Joshua Roman and Richard Aaron.

The performance also includes Vanessa Moss on violin and Maria Roditeleva-Wibe on piano. The hour and twenty minute performance includes a short intermission. Mark your calendar for December 20th at 4:00 pm and purchase your tickets online at brownpapertickets.com