Commission Sales

We take in some select instruments/bows to sell on a commission basis. It is done on a ‘no sale, no fee’ basis. If you have an instrument/bow you would like to sell under this scheme, please ask for more details. Sorry, but we do not take in student quality instruments for this service.

Approval Scheme

Our approval scheme is available to all customers who are trying out instruments and bows with a view to purchase. We can arrange for items to be taken out of the shop for normally up to one week, subject to the terms stated below and a small insurance fee.


All instruments/bows taken on Approval remain the property of Ayres Violins until paid in full.

We reserve the right to invoice for purchase any items taken out on approval and not returned by the arranged return date.

Items taken on approval must be returned in the same condition as they went out. While items are covered by insurance until the return date, there is a £200 excess charge in the event of a claim. For any damage amounting to less than the excess amount, we reserve the right to charge for any repair costs.

The insurance does not cover instruments/bows left in an unattended vehicle or taken abroad.

Proof of identification will be required in order to take an instrument/bow on approval.

A small non-refundable insurance fee will be charged, the amount of which is dependent on the value of the instrument/bow being borrowed.

Assisted Purchase Scheme

Students in full time education are able to purchase new instruments/bows excluding VAT through the Assisted Purchase Scheme. This enables you to save the current VAT rate on the retail price (currently 20%). Contact us for more details, or speak to your school.

Part Exchange

Part exchanges can only be given on an upgrade/next size up.

Only one instrument/bow can be part exchanged.

We will require the original receipt in order to do a part exchange

We cannot part exchange on commission sale purchases.

Ayres Violins are under no obligation to buy back instruments/bows that we have sold

We will only take back instruments/bows which we deem to be in a re-saleable condition.

The part exchange value will be dependent on the condition of the instrument/bow





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Registered Office & Shop
69-71 School Lane,
Didsbury, Manchester,
M20 6WN

Company Number 8282730
Registered in England and Wales
TEL/FAX: 0161 448 1860


Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 9 - 5.30. Sat: 9 - 4