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About West Bank String Shop

Family owned and operated,  Westbank String Shop was born out of the dream of Dr. David W. Sloan, retired music educator, and founder/proprietor. Dr. Sloan holds a Bachelor of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Music Education from Midwestern State University.

After retiring in 1997 from a career in music that took him from Texas to Missouri, to Mississippi, and back to Texas, “Doc”, as he is fondly referred to by many, opened the Westbank String Shop. The enterprise began in his garage with just three rentals in 1995. 

In 1996, Doc attended the University of New Hampshire Violin Craftsmanship Institute, under the direction of Horst Kloss, Boston Luthier. Since 1997, the shop has been located at 6301 Menchaca Road, Austin, Texas.
In August of 2012, Todd purchased and continues the family tradition. 'Doc' retired in 2012.  Todd studied at the New Hampshire School of Violin Craftsmanship Institute, under and continues to study with Paul Wiessmeyer of Boston and Olivier Perot of Montreal. 

Dr. David W. Sloan

Founder: West Bank String Shop


Dr. David Sloan and son Todd Sloan

Whether you’re a working professional or a student on the way up we also have all the accessories you might need, bows, strings, rests, stands, rosins, cases, you name it. Don’t see it? We’ll see if we can run it down for you. Call or come by today.

You’ll be glad you did!  Austin's oldest Family Owned Violin Shop 

Over the last 29 years Westbank has grown and expanded and today Westbank String Shop is operated by the founder’s son Todd, a gifted musician and multi-instrumentalist himself, trained in instrument restoration and repair.

We’re proud to be able to offer our customers professional and student grade instrument sales, orchestral instrument rental, instruction, and our own “in house” professional repair capabilities all under one roof.



  • Westbank String Shop

    • Professional and Student Instrument Sales, Service, Rental, Repair, and Restoration. 
    • No repair is impossible! 

      Orchestral Instrument Rentals & Instruction

      6301 Menchaca Road
      Austin,Texas, 78745
      (512) 326-4898
    • Hours:
    • Tuesday through Friday  10 - 5
    • Saturday  11 - 3