About Us

Howard Core & Co., Inc. was founded by Howard and Myrna Core in New York in 1976. In late 1977 it was moved to Alabama. In 2001, Howard Core Company LLC was formed, with Alex Weidner and Howard Core as partners, which insured the future of the firm.

We are a wholesale and manufacturing company, dealing with over 1,800 violin shops, music stores and luthiers, mainly in North America. We deal only with the violin family of stringed instruments, representing the finest makers and manufacturers worldwide. Our 400+ page color catalog features a most complete selection of instruments, bows, cases, strings, accessories, books, tools and supplies for luthiers. We also sell our complete selection of tools, tonewoods, books, finishing products, and bow parts direct to the public.

The Howard Core Company brands, such as Johannes Köhr, have attained a reputation for honest value and excellence. We have 40 employees, all with one goal – to continue to provide the best service and finest products available!