About Us

Welcome to the Stearns Violin Shop!!

Violin Makers, Dealers and Restorers


Welcome to Stearns Violins, Inc., a fine violin shop in beautiful Hartville, Ohio, conveniently located near Akron, Canton, and Cleveland.  We are a professional violin shop, specializing in violin making, restoration, repair, and instrument appraisal.
We love our customers and your needs are important to us.  As a musician, string teacher, or collector of violin family instruments, we are here to make your life easier.  Whether you need a bow rehaired or are looking for a new instrument, Stearns Violins is here to meet your needs. We have the largest inventory of fine violins, violas, cellos, and basses and bows in Northeastern Ohio. Our nationwide rental program that is second to none.  Violin making started out as a fascination for Rodger Stearns as a boy of fourteen, when he made his first violin under the direction of a master craftsman. Throughout the ensuing years this unique craft has been developed through study and diligence in applying the age old secrets of the fine masters.

Master Luthier, Restorer, and Appraiser

Robert, the CEO and President of Stearns Violins, Inc., has been a repairman and restorer for over 18 years.  His interest in violin restoration led to tutelage under his father, Rodger Stearns.  Together they have attended the Oberlin Violin Restoration workshop for many years studying under masters such as Andrew Dipper, Jean-Jacques Fasnacht, Jeff Holmes, David Burgess, and others.  Over the years, Robert has been a regular participant in the Oberlin workshops, as well as the Violin Society of America.

In addition to his involvement in the violin world Robert holds a Master’s degree in Ancient and Near Eastern Archaeology and Language from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He is an adjunct professor of archaeology and Bible at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Robert also has served the community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

Instrument Repair Technician
Instrument Repair Technician
Master Luthier, Restoration Specialist & Appraiser

Rodger Stearns has been making and restoring violins for over 50 years.  In 1988 his keen interest in fine instrument restoration led him to Oberlin Violin Restoration Workshop where he studied with Vahukin Nigogosian, Hans Weishaar, Louz Belini, Horasio Pinero and other fine restorers over the course of 6 summers. (During those years the Oberlin Restoration Workshop was 4 weeks long in the month of July).  Over the last many years Rodger has been a regular participant in the Oberlin workshops.

In addition to his involvement in the violin world, Rodger has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministries from Malone University and is the Chairman of the Ministerial Department of Allegheny Wesleyan College.

Bow Technician & Social Media Manager

Rebecca works with our Social Media and as our Bow Technician. She has a BA in Education in English.  She is Rodger and Eunice’s daughter and was been raised in the violin shop.  Rebecca has two children, 11 and 13.