Hoffmann Strings, Ltd. services the Midwest States as well as all of the local school districts, students, and professional players. We provide a full-service shop with quality rentals, instruments to purchase, and restoration & repairs for your stringed instrument(s). Hoffmann Strings, Ltd. We support musicians of all ages and abilities. Hoffmann Strings is following the CDC Guidlines and is giving the cleanest instrumnets for you to use.

We are muscian and teacher approved, recommended, award winning voted by the Illinois community!

Hoffmann Strings Ltd. specializes in traditional stringed instruments with one store focusing on quality including Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses, and Tamburitzas.  Hoffmann Strings has the largest selection of strings in Northern Illinois, Indiana and Southern Wisconsin.  We carry the Largest selection of in house sheet music.

Hoffmann Strings is an award winning violin shop. Hoffmann Strings received has been voted and awarded 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 as the Best Musical Instrument store in the state of Illinois by the Daily Hearld News Paper.

We have served the below Orchestra’s and following musicians.

Grant Park Symphony, Kenosha Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Sympony, Saint Louis Symphony,  Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra Nevada,  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra-Croatia, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra-Korea, KBS  Sympohony Orchestra -Korea, Elgin Symphony, Fort Wayne Indaina Symphony, Uncle Zesty’s Boot Knockers,  Miles Over Mountains, Tiny Country, The HenHouse Prowlers, The Mark Templeton Band, Ben Rosenblum music, The Milwaukee Croation Tamburitzans, Hrvatska Loza- Chicago, Waukegan Tamburitzans, The Tamburitzans-Pittsburgh, Pa.

I you have that attic find or that project that has been sitting around for years, you should visit us for a Free evaluation.

William Hoffmann, luthier and owner of Hoffmann Strings Ltd. has been in business over 24 years in the Buffalo Grove area. Bill studied at the University of New Hampshire Violin Craftsmanship Institute, under the guidance of Karl Roy, master violin maker of Germany. Karl Roy was instructor and director for the Bavarian State School for Violin Making in Mittenwald. Bill has also studied at Oberlin Conservatory restoration and repair of stringed instruments and bow rehairs.



Hoffmann Strings, Ltd. is conveniently located near your school and home. Sales, Rentals, and Repair Service are supported by our trained staff whom also play stringed instruments.   Hoffmann Strings Ltd. services local Cook and Lake County as well as the world, the Midwest, local school districts, students, and professional players. We provide a full-service shop with quality rentals, instruments to purchase, and restoration & repairs for your stringed instrument(s). High quality rental instruments are available with rental credit applied toward purchase. Hoffmann Strings, Ltd. supports musicians of all ages and abilities.  We work carefully with your school and teacher to provide exactly what you need.

  • We can provide teacher referrals for private study
  • As the student grows, larger instruments are supplied
  • Rental Credit Program for past rentals
  • Support for ethnic instruments, such as the tamburitza and mandolin
Instruments, Sheet Music, Bows, Cases. Find that perfect fun book to learn at home here at Hoffmann Strings.

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