About Us ........


The firm of Ira B. Kraemer & Co., Fine Violins was established in 1967 in East Orange, New Jersey. In 1972 the firm moved to Westfield, New Jersey and in 1974 acquired the land and site it now occupies in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

The founder Ira Kraemer was at the time of establishment a professional violist and conductor and a recent graduate from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. He saw the need for competent string instrument repair and the need for a supply source of finer instruments for the advanced student and professional player. At the time of commencement of the business, studies in violinmaking were begun with Otto Erdesz who at that time had his studio in Manhattan.

Over the years this firm has supplied many instruments and bows to students, professionals and amateur players alike, as well as a multitude of repairs and restorations.


On this web site you will find our better grade instruments and bows. We maintain a collection of rare old violins as well as vintage 20th century instruments and bows along with a number of new made violins, violas cellos and bows.




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