As Department Chair of the string program in a school district where most of the students come from low income homes, I am always searching for creative ways to help our students obtain quality instruments. A child should never be deprived of the opportunity to learn an instrument based on his/her family’s finances. Abbas Selgi has become a guardian angel to our program. I have done business with Abbas for more than ten years now; and he has never once said “no” to our requests for help. He sells wonderful, high quality instruments for a price that is affordable to students. He is consistently professional, concerned, and accommodating to both our individual and program needs. [...] I hold Terra Nova Violins and its owner, Abbas Selgi, in the highest possible regard. You will not be disappointed.
- Debra Dean
I love Terra Nova Violins! I am a local San Antonio violin and viola teacher who runs a large teaching studio. I only recommend Terra Nova to my students because they rent quality student instruments. This is a unique shop because not only do they have great instruments for professionals, but they also have very good student violins (which is extremely important as teacher who has to work with these instrument every week). I am very glad San Antonio has such a great resource for students and teachers alike!
- Briana Page
I am a long time loyal customer of Terra Nova Violins. I have seen all the changes throughout the years from the store growth to the changes in staff. One thing has never changed. The excellent service and warm rapport I receive from Abbas and his staff. I will always send all my students for all their needs to Terra Nova Violins.
- Joe Galvan
As a cellist and teacher, I have done business with Terra Nova violins for as long as they have been open. My students and colleagues who go there are treated graciously and with respect, regardless of whether they are looking for their first instrument or a professional level instrument. [...] The workmanship done on repairs is top quality, and if anything still needs tweaking or did not get the result that my students or I were looking for, Abbas works with us and with the instrument until we are happy. [...] Thank you Terra Nova for your support of all musicians, whether young, old, professional or amateur, and for your support of the fine arts in central Texas as well!
- Meredith McAlmon
Terra Nova Violins has been my one-stop shop for all my string related needs since god knows when (2006). I have purchased a cello and case and couldn't be happier with my experience with this violin shop. They have a wide selection of instruments (from beginning level to top-notch professional quality instruments), bows, cases, sheet music, and various accessories. They also do rentals at a very good rate and offer top quality repair services and even lessons! Abbas has been wonderful in taking care of all of his customers and the friendly staff has been great too. Stop by and visit the shop soon!
- Noe Benavides
I have been a customer with Terra Nova Violins since I have lived in San Antonio for the past 4 years. I go there for all of my violin needs such as strings, rehairs, and most recently to purchase an instrument. Everytime I enter the store, I am greeted with knowledgeable and friendly people. They are so helpful and only want the best for my violin. Also, their rental instruments are a very nice quality. If you are looking to rent an instrument, Terra Nova is definitely the place you should go and check out. They will even let you try out the instrument at the shop to see if you are satisfied with the quality. Terra Nova is definitely a place to go and check out.
- Jordan Jones
I've been going to Terra Nova since around the time that it first opened and every experience there has been great. The employees are always super helpful and accommodating and the owner, Abbas, is just wonderful. He is always honest about the state or quality of instruments and gives you a fair deal that reflects that honesty. I've purchased both a student instrument for high school and a professional level instrument for college at Terra Nova and both of them were of great quality, especially for their prices. [...] I recommend this shop to anyone I meet that is in need of a stringed instrument or accessories, and I can't imagine myself shopping anywhere else in San Antonio.
- Cleo Miele
Terra Nova Violins is the best string shop I have ever been to! I am a professional luthier working in Austin, Tx and do quite alot of repair and restoration work for Terra Nova. They have always treated me very well, like one of the 'family'. Terra Nova has the best inventory of any shop in Texas, from rental instruments to fine, fine, old instruments. They also have a growing number of the best new instruments from American as well as European makers. The owner,operator, luthier, Abbas Selgi surprises me all the time with his generosity tword his customers. His support of the Arts in Texas is astounding.
- Bradley Bischoff
Terra Nova Violins tune up sales
SAN ANTONIO — At Terra Nova Violins on Blanco Road, rows of gleaming stringed instruments catch the eye and a tidy repair shop is visible from the storefront.