Get a Grip!

Get a grip! Wonderful old cello bow gets sterling silver winding with lizard. Do you know what is under the lizard grip? It is lead tape, used to add weight and bulk under the grip.

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H Luger Master Cello Bow

Consider the Hermann Luger Pernambuco Cello Bow with Fleur de lis sterling mount – Hill model. Don’t let the looks deceive you – it also handles nicely! SOLD


Fleur De Lis Frog Fleur De Lis SlideFleur De Lis Button

Cello Bow by Friedrich Wunderlich, 1884, gets a new tip.

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The bone tip is gently formed to the shape of this very delicate old German cello bow. It is glued securely with industrial glue and waxed cording. A small piece of leather is used to brace the winding. After the glue has dried, the final shaping is done to the exterior, and the hole for the mortise is carved to fit. The final bone tip is polished.


The majestic French violin, J.B. Collin-Mezin, 1887 – SOLD



Large and majestic tone, rich oil varnish, superb wood, and aged to perfection! By J.B. Collin-Mezin, Luthier a Paris. SOLD

Keller Strings has been nominated by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for the 2014 SBA awards; Entrepreneurial Success Award and the Family Owned Business Award.


Currently in the shop…Instruments from Italy, Austria, Romania, China, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic

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Ivan Dunov Cello

Consider the lowly Tone Ball…

This strange orb can reside for decades or even centuries inside of an acoustic instrument. Some even believe it is what gives their beloved Violin, Viola, Cello or Bass Violin (or Upright Bass) its mellow rich tone.
It is actually the result of the vibrations inside of a well made acoustic instrument. The better the instrument, the tighter the ball. It is made up of lint and other debris that makes it’s way inside. The vibrations that create that beautiful sound coming out of that Strad hiding in your closet will gather the lint and cause it to travel in a specific pattern, creating the ball.
This one is from an old Cello and is about 70 years old. It is pretty tight meaning that the cello was built correctly. It is about 8/10ths in diameter.

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tone ball

European Style Violin Case

Austin 4/4 Electric Violin with case, bow, headphones and built-in pre-amp

VLE-5 Electric Violin Black (1)Just arrived! Austin Electric Violins in Black or Red. $449 includes case, bow, headphones. Solid wood body with pre-amp – Listen through the headphones with no AMP necessary! It has 1/8″ jacks on the back for Headphones, Output and Mic. This outfit will make a fantastic gift!

Meteny Violin by Pascal Gilis

Currently we have a special violin in the shop. We just received a very fine violin that was built by the Romanian maker Pascal Gilis. Now living in Brussels, this maker delivers an instrument that is an instant classic with the right look, feel and sound that will make it someones “forever” instrument. The tone is rich and even with an ability to produce volume at the touch of the bow. The a Asking price for this violin is $7,000.  SOLD


Welcome to Keller Strings!

Keller Strings is a transplanted musical instrument store from the Midwest region of the country. We facilitate a rapport with both new and experienced musicians who place high value on customer service and convenience while maintaining a combination of timeless charm and New Orleans’ laissez-faire sensibility.

We believe in old fashioned customer service which is the foundation of Keller Strings, a boutique violin shop specializing in select European violin family instruments, bows, and accessories. We have been doing this for a long time and there is nothing we haven’t seen and no problem we cannot solve. You can call us experts, but we’re just happy to help. It is about finding you a handcrafted instrument (old or new) that your family will enjoy for generations.

Keller Strings knows that instruments are nothing without the people behind them. If there are two things we love most, it’s live music and being a part of the community that makes it happen. Because of its rich music history, deep culture, and passionate artistry, New Orleans provides us with the perfect backdrop for our beautiful, artisanal string instruments.

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