Fine Instrument Consulting is Houston's prime violin shop specializing in fine violins, violas, cellos, & bows. We stock the most popular strings, fittings, & string related accessories to help elevate each players unique sound.
Emilio Arredondo, a native Houstonian, has been playing the violin since the age of 7. He found himself spending lots of time in local violin shops. Fascinated with the craftsmanship, sound, history, and setup. Emilio has always had a passion for pairing the right strings, bow, instrument, or rosin to the player.
In his undergrad, Mr. Arredondo graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his last year of college, he got a job opportunity with an amazing team at Johnson String Instrument. After some time, he relocated back to Houston to be the assistant store manager of Lisle violin Shop. The Lisle family/team and Emilio maintain a healthy relationship between the shops and personnel.
Emilio completed his masters degree in 2021, studying with Houston Symphony violinist, Rodica Gonzalez. During the pandemic, his priorities took a turn and he followed his dream of opening his own violin shop. Thus, Fine Instrument Consulting was created. Bringing a friendly, knowledgeable, honest, environment with quality instruments and bows to Houston players.
FIC is a violin shop that has personally tested a vast majority of strings and rosins. We are happy to help you find the most suitable combination for your playing!
Two excellent violins made just a year apart. One made in Italy and the other in France!
Located in the heart of the Houston Heights, just ten minutes from downtown! Plenty of Street parking, cafes, & restaurants within a few blocks!
We represent quality violins, violas, and bows at a more rare and professional level.
Can you help me find the right strings & rosin? Absolutely, yes!
Can you help me find the most comfortable setup? Yes, we would be happy to try!
Do you offer repairs? At this point, we do not but we have some great recommendations!
Do you buy instruments? No, not at this point.
Do you accept consignments? Absolutely, on a case by case basis.
What is your consignment rate? It depends on the sale and fair market value.
Do you sell strings/ accessories? Yes, we do!
Do you ship? We do!
How long is your trial period? 10 days.