Business Hours: 

Sun & Mon: Closed

Tues: 11am - 5pm
Wed: 11am - 5pm
Thurs: 11am - 5pm
Fri: 11am - 3pm
By Appointment Only


Providing high quality bow rehairs, instrument repairs, sales, and rentals to the string playing community in the Annapolis, Eastern Shore, and surrounding DMV area.

COVID-19: ​At Annapolis Bows & Violins, we take everyone’s health and safety very seriously, while providing necessary repair services to our local string players. Due to COVID-19 variants, all staff are still required to wear masks. 

For our customers: masks and appointments are no longer required.

Visit the shop anytime within our regular business hours!



At Annapolis Bows & Violins, we do everything in our power to make sure our customer's instruments are operating at their fullest potential. From set ups to restorations, we are happy to take care of any need you have for a violin, viola, cello, or bow.

For questions or to inquire about repairs/adjustments not listed below, please contact.


Instrument & Bow Sales

We have a wonderful selection of old and new instruments and bows in a range that can fit your needs and budget. All instruments are professionally set up in the shop for the best possible sound quality and playability. We stand behind the instruments we sell with a trade-in/trade-up policy.

Our inventory is always changing and growing, so be sure to visit to see what we have to offer!


Instrument Repairs:

Violins, Violas, & Cellos​

Bow Repairs:


New Strings
Open Seams
Crack Repair
Soundpost Patch
Varnish Touch Up

Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass Bows

Leather Grip 
Silver Winding
Whalebone Winding
Tip Plate
Screw/Eyelet Replace
Frog Cracks
Pearl Eye
Pearl Slide
Broken Stick Repair
Head Spline


Instrument Rentals

Everything You Need to Get Started

A properly working instrument is vital in the learning process - if your instrument isn’t working well, neither is your practicing! At Annapolis Bows & Violins, we are passionate about supporting string instrument education by providing well-made, professionally set-up instruments at affordable rental prices to students of all ages and levels. 

  • All rentals include the instrument, bow, case, rosin, shoulder sponge, and cleaning cloth. Every instrument is set-up in shop to our high standards of sound and playability.

  • A percentage of your monthly fee goes towards the purchase price of your instrument.

  • Repairs and maintenance are covered within your rental fee for no additional cost! If anything pops, snaps, or breaks, simply bring it back in a timely manner and we will take care of it by either repairing or replacing it. 

  • We currently offer violin and viola rentals of any size. Contact for pricing and availability!

Need lessons?
We can help with that, too! 


Our Story


Annapolis Bows & Violins is owned and operated by Rebecca Hannigan. Rebecca is an Annapolis native who graduated from MNSE Tech (Red Wing, MN) at the top of her class for String Instrument Repair. She continued her luthier education by attending more repair/restoration, bow restoration, and bowmaking workshops. She has been working in music and violin shops for almost two decades in Nashville, Chicago, and Maryland. Rebecca has also continued performing in chamber groups and orchestras, including traveling to 40+ countries while entertaining aboard cruise ships. 
Recognizing the need for a resource for the many string players in the Annapolis and surrounding areas, Rebecca returned to Maryland in 2017 to open Annapolis Bows & Violins on State Circle in Downtown Annapolis. The shop quickly grew, establishing a reputation for top quality workmanship at fair and honest prices; it has become the "go-to" place for players of all ages and abilities, from near and far. In 2020, Annapolis Bows & Violins moved to a larger and more accessible location at 177 Defense Highway. 

Belmont University Bachelor of Music - Violin Performance
Minnesota State College Southeast Technical - String Instrument Repair
UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute
Oberlin Restoration Workshop

​Recipient of the 2015 Tarisio Young Artists Grant 
for "The Luthier's Workshop" project in Chicago. 



I am so pleased you sold the violin!   You made it look so beautiful that I had a feeling it would not be long before it was gone.  The whole experience just worked out so well . Yours was the first shop I called and you sounded so pleasant and then were so accommodating with the consignment. I'm so glad you found it a good home.

I have to say, this is one of the best bow rehairs I've ever had, if not the best. The stick is perfectly straight, the hairs are evenly spread, and the individual hairs are consistently the finest quality. It's a work of art. I'm super happy. Thanks so much!

Very personalized service! We are so impressed with this beautiful local shop, where we rented my sons string instrument 🎻 He is a beginner and she was so patient and knowledgeable! Very nice quality selection with rental plans. We didn’t expect to be renting a brand new bow, viola and case, but that’s the quality of rental we received. We feel more confident knowing if we need repairs or help, she is located nearby with expert repair. Thank you!