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John A. Rowen Stringed Instruments
Boxford, MA 

" Old-World craftsmanship for the 21st Century "

Tax Free Weekend Sale !  
Save 6.25% on all purchases !

August 15-16, 2015 !!

John A. Rowen stringed Instruments is a full-service shop to serve the needs of String Players of violin, viola, cello and bass. My formal training includes master classes at the University of New Hampshire Violin Craftsmanship Institute. I am a member of the Guild of American Luthiers and a performing fiddler. My business has been operating in Boxord since 1985, first as a sideline to my engineering career and now (since 1994) as a full-time profession. My shop hours are by appointment at your convenience.

OverStock Sale!
Give us a call to find out deals on instruments or accessories for you or your child for the new year! 
Inventory reduction and price scaleback! Cello cases and padded bags up to 40% off. 
Selected instruments at great savings. I will beat any advertised price on older new items.  Take advantage of the economic downturn and buy today. Call or email for details on specific needs. Schools and teachers welcome.   

Now accepting Mastercard, Visa, and Discover Credit Cards.


Special Deals on all in-stock Instruments!

  • Music stands
  • tuners
  • set of strings
  • rosin
  • new instruments
  • cases
  • and more! 

Our Shop is fully equipped to make any part to repair your instrument. Our machine shop makes any necessary tools and fixtures to get the job done! 

I can be reached by phone 
(978)887-9279 or e-mail Please consider my alternative to shops in Boston, Newton, or Cambridge. I offer personal expert service at reasonable and competitive prices.


This is an example of a top-off repair. Cracks and center seam separations are fixed using special clamps and traditional hot hide glue. Cleats of thin close-grained wood are fitted to reinforce the repair without affecting the sound.