Since 1998 you can find Sprenger Geigenbau in Bern. In our spacious and luminous premises the experienced Andreas Kürzi, Martin Köhler and Elisabeth Veit are on hand to offer you expert help and advice.
In our shop in Bern you will find a wide range of stringed instruments and bows made by masters of numerous schools, as well as fine student instruments and very good rental conditions. Of course we do also offer a wide range of cases, bags, strings and accessories.
The highest quality repair and restoration work is carried out as well as written or spoken valuations.
Any kind of maintenance work, repair or restoration of all stringed instruments and bows is carried out with the utmost care, expertise and conscientiousness. We apply restoration practices of the very highest quality, precision and craftsmanship, balancing forward thinking with tradition and conservation.
Of course, we will provide you with a free estimate in advance which will inform you about the expected costs.
You can also benefit from our excellent rental conditions for our very well-kept rental instruments (Rental violin, rental violin, rental viola, rental cello, double bass).
We offer an excellent tonal adjustment service. Andreas Kürzi, Martin Köhler and Elisabeth Veit are more than happy to advise you in an environment free of time constraints. They work with the musician to bring out the particular tone and characteristics desired of their instrument.
Thanks to the long tradition of Switzerland’s oldest violin shop Sprenger Geigenbau, you can be certain, that you are well served in our premises in Bern. In more than 100 years, four generations have gathered an extensive collection of instruments and comprehensive expert knowledge.
After his apprenticeship as a carpenter, Andreas Kürzi felt a great fascination for the craft of violin making. He decided to train at the Swiss violin making school in Brienz. After successfully graduating, he worked for several renowned violin workshops in Switzerland and abroad.
Andreas Kürzi has been working for Sprenger Geigenbau since 1995. At first he worked for a few years in our atelier in Chur, which is no longer active. Afterwards, from 1998 onwards, he contributed significantly to the development of our atelier in Bern.
In his more than 35 years of work as a violin maker, repairer and restorer, Andreas Kürzi has built up a wealth of experience and a wide range of specialist knowledge.
In addition to extensive restorations and repairs on fine instruments, he also devotes himself to building viols. Furthermore, advising our clientele means a lot to him.
Andreas Kürzi is in constant contact with colleagues at home and abroad in order to keep his expertise up to date.
Elisabeth Veit is supporting our workshop in Bern since September 2021. After completing her studies in musicology and oriental archaeology, the enthusiastic violinist trained as a violin maker at the violin making school in Klingenthal (Germany). She successfully completed this study in the summer of 2021, after which Elisabeth Veit then came directly to our shop.
She mainly dedicates herself with great care of our rental, student and stock instruments and is looking forward to the many new challenges at Sprenger Geigenbau.
Martin Köhler has been supporting us since January 2011. He completed his training as a violin maker in summer 2010 at the violin making school in Klingenthal, Germany.
In spring 2014, he was able to supplement his work experience in a renowned violin shop in Central London.
Until the summer of 2022, Martin Köhler worked for over 10 years at the Sprenger Geigenbau headquarters in St. Gallen. Since then, he has completed the team in Bern.
Martin Köhler appreciates the precise work on stringed instrument and especially on their bows. His exact bow rehairings are highly appreciated by numerous musicians. But giving expert advice to our customers also means a lot to him.
His passion is the careful restoration of old masterpieces. But he also devotes himself to “normal” service work and the care of our stock instruments and bows.