Photography by: Mark Susko Visual Designs

    A growing need to serve musicians, teachers, and students brought Joyce Miller and Alex Spainhour together.

    Joyce was selling stringed instruments by telephone and written correspondence. It didn’t take long for her to realize that the Upstate needed a brick-and-mortar facility. She soon contacted Spainhour to suggest such an enterprise, and he agreed to lend his expertise.

    Shortly thereafter, in August 2003, Bernhardt House of Violins opened its doors. With close to 50 years of experience as a musician, teacher, clinician, and instrument retailer, Miller is uniquely qualified as an entrepreneur. Co-owner Spainhour is likewise well-prepared, having spent over 50 years as a professional violinist, conductor, public school orchestra teacher, clinician, and music retailer.

    These experiences, along with a personal connection to schools and teachers, enable Bernhardt House of Violins to stand out. As Miller explains, “Many of the teachers that we work with began as students. As they have grown, we have become like parents and grandparents of our customers.”

    They are affiliated with American String Teachers Association, National Association of Music Education, Appraisers Association of America, and The Violin Society of America and are known throughout the United States.

    Joyce and Alex have built direct relationships with instrument makers all over the world and are one of the few violins shops in this part of the country with such connections. Even so, it is the local community of musicians that most inspires the owners of Bernhardt House of Violins, a small two-family business. Spainhour notes, “While out playing music, we often run across customers and teachers, and these interactions within the social community of musicians are fulfilling.”

    Services offered by Bernhardt House of Violins are wide-ranging. BHV has access to a varied stock of instruments, from those appropriate for just-beginning musicians to world-class, professional-level violins, violas, cellos and basses. Bernhardt House of Violins can also provide rental services for student musicians, helpful advice for parents and teachers, and even value appraisals of stringed instruments.

    Bernhardt House of Violins boasts its own repair facilities, as well. Bow-maker Daniel Miller works on premises to provide expert repair and restoration for all instruments in the violin family. Whatever level of musical experience, Bernhardt House of Violins is ready to meet any musician’s needs.

    5 Cateechee Ave.,
    Greenville, SC


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