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Claire Givens Violins
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Claire Givens Violins acquires, sells, and restores fine violins, violas, cellos, and bows
Claire Givens Violins acquires, sells, and restores fine violins, violas, cellos, and bows

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Located in Downtown Minneapolis, Claire Givens Violins acquires, sells, and restores fine violins, violas, cellos, and bows in service to the professional and discriminating string-playing community in the Twin Cities and nationwide online at www.givensviolins.com. We provide repair with an eye toward preserving and protecting instruments for succeeding generations as well as toward solving the immediate needs of their owners.

With years of experience, we are a nationwide authority for violin appraisal, and use our expertise to provide accurate advice and information for our customers in an atmosphere of mutual courtesy and respect. Givens Violins tries to consistently use the highest professional standards in our repair department, sales department, correspondence with customers, and inventory acquisition.
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City councilperson, Lisa Goodman, and her assistant, Patrick Sadler, visited Givens Violins today at our new location! Lisa was absolutely instrumental in helping us navigate our move, speaking up for us in various arenas and raising awareness of our company’s long history and investment in the Minneapolis community. Today, we thanked Lisa for her hard work and interest in helping Claire Givens Violins remain downtown, and for being such a wonderful representative for Ward 7! 
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Givens Violins’ annual December case special is in full swing! Stop by and check out many of the top-selling brands at unbeatable prices. Sale runs through December 31st! 
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We at Givens Violins are settling into our new space and love it! Pictured is our new showroom at 1201 Marquette, #150. Our new location not only looks great, but has improved parking. Here is a link to our website with information about parking options and directions: http://www.givensviolins.com/contact/parking.html.

We now validate at four locations close to our building including Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Plaza Ramp, the Orchestra Hall Ramp (Marquette Ramp), and the Hilton Hotel Ramp. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Andrew Dipper has prepared the Fruh Stradivari gamba/cello to be played October 17, in a special concert by the Sioux City Orchestra named “a Night at the Museum”. This concert represents a rare opportunity to hear a number of the exquisite instruments from the collections of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD.

http://orgs.usd.edu/…/C…/Stradivari/10845StradCelloViol.html
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Claire was invited by the Metropolitan Museum in NYC to write on their blog about the collector, Laurence Witten.  In 1967 he purchased the famous cello named “The King” by Andrea Amati which is now owned by the National Music Museum but on view at the Met until 9/8/15.  Look at the previous blogs to hear Josh Koestenbaum of the SPCO play it and talk about the experience and Andrew Dipper who has studied this cellos history for years.  http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/curatorial-departments/musical-instruments/of-note/2015/laurence-witten-king-cello
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Claire Givens Violins will be closed this coming Saturday, September 5 for Labor Day weekend. 
Enjoy the holiday! 
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We are honored to have worked with the McKie family to find all three of their daughters instruments they love!
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For the remainder of the month of August, Claire Givens Violins would like to remind musicians of the importance of taking care of the body as well as the instrument – all health and technique items are 10% off! Keep yourself healthy and comfortable with the help of our gel chinrest pads, Strad Pads, and much more.
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Congratulations to the Minnesota Orchestra on a wildly successful trip to Cuba! It was truly an historic and monumental event and we couldn’t be more proud. Congratulations is also due for the Orchestra’s renewal of their contract through the 2019-2020 season…21 months ahead of schedule!
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