Classic Bows Violin Shop
2721 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday thru Friday
10:00am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 3:00pm
Serving Metropolitan San Diego since 1989
We offer Old World Style for the 21st century. The violin business is built on family, all the way back to the Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari families. Here at Classic Bows Violin Shop, we are a family business and we deal with many companies that are also family businesses. On our travels to Europe we visit with the French, Italian, English and German shops that have inspired us to carry on their Old World traditions.
Gregory Gohde has been a musician since 1967, having played in numerous bands and orchestras. His ancestors were in the music business in Southern Italy, repairing and selling mandolins in the late 1800's.
Greg began his career in bowmaking in 1980, learning from various craftsmen in his hometown of Chicago. In 1982 he traveled to England where he worked for the firm J.S. Rameau Bowmakers. The bows he crafted were exported all over the world. After returning to Chicago in 1985, he worked for various violin shops and continued to make bows, exporting some and selling others to local musicians. He also studied the French method of bow making with William Salchow, dean of American bow making. Greg is proud to say that he has nine bows in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Relocating to San Diego in 1989, and seeing a need for his services in town, he decided to open Classic Bows Violin Shop. Greg had grown the business so successfully that by 1999 he could no longer handle it all on his own. Luckily his wife, Lois Bach, decided that she was ready for a new change after a 25-year career in television, and was pleased to join her husband in running the family business. Her addition of the Gift Boutique added another dimension to the shop and delighted the customers with a chance to buy a gift for a friend, or to treat themselves to something special while visiting the shop.
Having a website is a big step for us because most of our business has come from word-of-mouth. Rarely do we advertise. Personal recommendation has been our greatest source of business since we first set up shop in San Diego in 1989. Our customers are impressed by our wide selection of instruments, bows, cases, strings, accessories, and gift items. They are encouraged to return to our shop and to spread the good word about our business because of our unique products and excellent customer service. We have always taken pride in our integrity and the quality of the instruments and products that we sell. We treat our customers with the same respect whether they are students or professionals. We have watched many of our customers grow up over the years, from grade school children first starting out with a violin to high school graduates heading off to prestigious colleges and universities. Some take their love of playing their instrument along with them as a continuing hobby, while others major in music and go on to be professional musicians. We always enjoy their return visits to our shop with tales about their life adventures. We are amazed with the encounters that happen in Classic Bows and have witnessed many reunions of musicians after decades of being out-of-contact with each other. In our travels we have participated in so many of those extraordinary experiences that it brings us much satisfaction to carry on that special tradition in our own shop.
As we celebrate our 24th year serving our string customers in metropolitan San Diego, we thank you for helping us win the 2013 A-List City Voter contest (Grand Prize First Place) and the UT Best of San Diego Contest (2nd place). We love our customers!
Greg says, "Together we work well as a team, catering to our customers and always making sure that we enjoy what we are doing which we have practiced since our first day together."
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Our customers have shown a lot of interest in the dog from our logo. Named "Classie", he was created by a talented local artist, Mirto Golino. Mirto worked with photographs of our own dog, Maggie, and the rest was her own imagination. Stop by the shop to see the original larger-than-life-sized painting. We also have "Classie" t-shirts in all sizes from Youth small to Adult XXL.
Need a gift? We have a great selection to choose from. Maybe you are not exactly sure of what to purchase? We have gift certificates and they come in all sizes!
Our hours: Tuesday through Friday; 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday; 9 am to 3 pm. We are closed on Sunday and Monday. Parking is convenient on-street with no meters. No appointment needed; just stop by during our regular business hours.
Thanks for visiting our website. We look forward to seeing you in our shop!
Greg and Lois
We are centrally located in the city of San Diego, convenient to downtown and just south of Mission Valley on Adams Avenue in the original Antique Row. Our neighbors are folks who not only sell antiques but used books, old phonograph records, and unique furniture. There are also some fabulous restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance of Classic Bows. Plan to spend some extra time exploring all of the wonderful businesses along Adams Avenue during your visit. The Taste of Adams as well as all the musical events, Adams Avenue Unplugged and Adams Avenue Street Fair, take place right here in our neighborhood. This year we had the pleasure of having the Rock 'n Roll Marathon run right past our shop!
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW SATURDAY HOURS: 9am to 3pm
We have good quality, affordable beginner violin outfits (instrument, bow, and case) starting at only $250. We have been selling these violins for many years and they are a big hit with our customers. Stop by to check them out!