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 




There will be no bow rehairs for the week of July 24th through the 25.  The next time that Greg will be in to rehair bows on Friday, August 1st.



"I want to share the work of two people in my life that I draw inspiration from. One is the artist William Song. There is a simplicity and elegance about his work that I greatly admire as a craftsman. While I work in wood (measuring in millimeters the height of bridges), William intuitively creates measure and balance in his paintings. I have gained great insight into my own craft and character in viewing his creations. His website is: william-song.com

The other person that I draw inspiration from is my son, Nathan Carrabba, who is forging his path in the field of food styling. He has an innate sense for creating an image filled with depth. His website is: www.nathancarrabba.com 

In both of these men's work, I am reminded of the skill and patience it takes to master one's craft. I am grateful to have them both close to me, and I am proud to share their work with you." 

Rafael Carrabba


“Rafael Carrabba completely transformed my cello! The nearly 200 year old instrument was passed down to me by my grandfather Dr. Robert Popper, who smuggled it out of Austria in 1938 just weeks before Kristallnacht. It was in need of major surgery for a very long time. When I got the cello back, not only was it in absolute pristine condition, but it sounded many times more rich and vibrant. Honestly, I had no idea the cello was ever capable of sounding this fantastic, and every day I am more and more impressed by it. Mr. Carrabba and his fellow craftsmen are truly magicians, and extremely courteous and helpful." ~ John-Henry Crawford 

"Rafael and his team have worked on and set-up four different very fine instruments for me (including a Vuillaume and a Stradivari), each time with the best success in sound quality, projection, and playability. In addition to the ultra-accommodating and very rapid expert service that I have personally received every time I have visited, they have been very generous with their time, reasonable with pricing, and respectful in all of their dealings. I love this shop, and wish I could take them everywhere with me! Bravi tutti to Rafael and all the staff at Carrabba Violins!" ~ Robert deMaine