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Instrument and Bow Trials

Johnson String Instrument offers a convenient one-week trial period for all of our instruments and bows. This allows our customers to try an instrument or bow in a variety of settings and get critical feedback from friends, teachers, and colleagues. For your convenience, we also offer online trial approval through our Web site. Please note that any merchandise on trial not returned within 14 days, in its original condition, will be charged to your credit card.

If you have any questions or need to make any special arrangements, please contact our sales staff:

Instrument & Bow Trials (rates include return shipping)
All rates are to the Continental United States. Please contact us for other destinations.
Shipping rates do not include state sales tax for Connecticut and New York residents.
Violins & Violas - All $30.00 $95.00 $140.00
Cellos - All $90.00 $345.00 $475.00
Basses - Acoustic N/A N/A N/A
Basses - Electric N/A N/A N/A
Guitars, Mandolins, & Banjos N/A N/A N/A
Electric Instruments - All N/A N/A N/A
Bows $20.00 $40.00 $70.00
Bows - Fiberglass & "Student" N/A N/A N/A

Trial Shipping Information

  • Shipping costs cover both outbound and inbound transit. For your convenience, a prepaid UPS Return Label will be included with your package. UPS Return Labels are fully insured and can be used at any UPS Store or UPS Service Center. Further instructions will be included with your Trial Instrument/Bow.
  • If you wish to return your Trial in-store or via a shipping method other than UPS, please contact for specific instructions. In this instance, 1/2 the Standard shipping cost would be refunded.
  • If you elect to purchase the Trial, the entire Standard shipping cost will be refunded!
  • Promotional shipping specials do not apply to Trials.
  • Please note: Shipping costs other than Standard, such as Next Day Air and 2nd Day Air, will not be refunded.

Please Note:

  • Any instrument or bow (with the exception of electric instruments, fretted instruments and "student bows") purchased at Johnson's, whether online or in our shop, comes with the same guarantees and trade-up policies.
  • Any returns made within thirty days of purchase will be honored with a full refund.
  • Returns must be in original condition.
  • If you would like to try instruments or bows in one of our sales showrooms, please contact our sales staff to schedule an appointment.
  • To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact our Sales Department at or by phone at 800-359-9351. Please follow the prompts for instrument and bow sales.

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