Violin, viola and cello rentals brought to you by local professionals who understand player needs.
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Violin, viola and cello rentals brought to you by local professionals who understand player needs.
Find My Instrument

Our Story

Bridges and Bows is owned and operated by Valerie Mack Callahan. Along with Jessica Eberiel Hindson, her desire to open up a string shop came with many years of teaching and performing in the Greater Merrimack Valley area. Valerie realized that there was no local resource that was run by people who understood the needs of string players. The area needed a location that could supply high quality rental instruments and supplies.

Since our founding in 2006, Bridges and Bows has helped many hundreds of students gain access to high-quality instruments and support many local arts organizations through donations and advertising.

Our strongest assets are the helpful information and service we give to students and parents, and the amount of time we can spend installing new strings or discussing music.

As of January 2018, we are now proudly serving the following towns: Acton, Andover, Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Fitchburg, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lowell, Lunenburg Methuen, North Andover, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow, Tewksbury, Townsend, and Westford Massachusetts as well as the Hudson, Merrimack, and Nashua New Hampshire.


Violin, viola and cello rentals are available any time without an appointment.

Bridges & Bows was founded to give students a local business where they could rent higher quality instruments, in addition to receiving repair and maintenance help from trained string professionals. We feel it is important for string players of all levels to receive hands-on help with proper sizing, fitting of shoulder rests, discussing the sound properties of different strings or rosin, and selecting a safe and affordable case.

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Products & Services

Some of the reputable brands we carry include Eastman Strings, Coda Bow, Johannes Kohr, Bam, Bobelock, Thomastik-Infeld, Pirastro, D'Addario, Kun, Wolf, and Bon Musica. We also have a good selection of student sheet music, and can custom order any set of strings to have for the next business day. We strive to match or beat any prices found online!

Instrument Sales

Bridges and Bows offers reasonably priced student violins and advancing instruments for players of all ages and sizes ...

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Simple adjustments, assembly, string changes, tailpiece changes and tune ups can be done here at the shop on the same day, and more difficult work is usually done within a week ...

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