Our Story

Bob Murphy’s Violin Shop was founded in 1982 by Bob Murphy and has been part of the Melville community since its inception. While operating one of the biggest guitar repair shops in New York State, he found a love for the repair of orchestral instruments.

Well…. Bob worked at Sam Ash Central in Hempstead (1972). Bob’s father was a brilliant craftsman creating furniture and other stunning wood pieces. One day, a truck full of over 100 guitars came in with broken necks. Bob asked Jerry Ash (Owner of Sam Ash Music Stores), if he could try to fix the damaged instruments. Bob, along with his father repaired all of the instruments. Bob then decided to become a Luthier, which Jerry Ash generously helped him train to become. “Some things in Life he will never Forget”. In 1977, Jerry Ash promoted Bob to the position of repairing Guitars/Violins at the Sam Ash Store in Huntington.

In 1982, Bob decided to open his own shop, renting a small space in the basement of Favilla Music and proceeded to become one of; if not the most in demand guitar repairman on Long Island.

In 1986, Bob purchased Favilla Music and founded the legendary Murphy’s Music, which has been and continues to be a mainstay in the Long Island Music Industry.

In 2001, Murphy’s Music expanded to a larger location which came full circle back to the building where Sam Ash was formerly located.

In 2007, Bob decided to dedicate his time and mastery skills solely to his Violin Shop full time. Friend, Jeff Frohman (formerly Manager of Murphy’s Music) took over the rest of the store and the two still work together today to make Murphy’s Music/Bob Murphy’s Violin Shop the legendary Long Island Music Store it is today.

Fun Fact
Bob Murphy and his then crew built the bass for the Billy Joel’s bass player on the Bridge Tour.

New Life Violins

Have you heard about our New Life Violins?

Do you have a conservatory bound violinist or violist that you would like to send off to school with a $10,000-$15,000 instrument, but your budget is more like $2,500-$5,000?

Our New Life Violins may be the option for you! Each of these instruments start out as a premium European production violin or viola and then our master luthiers spend up to 20 hours meticulously graduating the instruments–trenching their internal perimeters, hand tuning quadrants, and hand cutting and installing a new bass bar and sound-post. When completed, these violins and violas sound and play just as well as instruments 4 times their price!

Since the awakening of his love of orchestral instruments, Bob Murphy has always pursued his passion. This recently has lead to his New Life Violin collection where Bob takes violins old and new and breaths new life into them opening and expanding on an already great instrument’s sound, projection and tone.

Bob has worked on many famous instruments including:

Stradivarius Cello

Francois Lupot Violin