British Violin Making Association
SUPPORTING THE CRAFTS OF VIOLIN AND BOW MAKING IN THE UK & WORLDWIDE
Violins, violas and cellos handmade in the traditional way
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Tel: +44 (0) 1494 523371
Finest quality violins violas and cellos — handmade in the traditional way.
Modern : Classical : Baroque and Commissions — for professional players and students. Instrument restoration, setting-
Cello Making Prize: Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) International Cello Festival 1990
The Newark School of Violin Making — Diploma with Distinction 1982
Further experience in the workshops of Peter Biddulph and W E Hill and Sons Ltd. Including restoration and setting-
Making / Restoration / Repairs
For over 20 years about half my work has been making new instruments — mostly cellos in recent years. Generally my instruments are based on the works of Old Masters — a cello by Giovani Grancino of 1693 has been a successful model for many years — as have violins modelled on Stradivari and Nicolo Amati, and violas in various sizes.
For optimum beauty of the finished wood, a golden ground/sealer compliments crystal-
Restoration of a wide variety of older instruments e.g. Carcassi, Celoniato, Grancino etc..
For anyone whose instrument needs emergency work I would be very willing to help out. This could be anything from — telephone advice, tonal adjustments, gluing open seams or removing buzzes — to major restoration requiring internal patches that conserve original but damaged areas. Even the worst that can happen to an instrument can be successfully restored.
Insurance work undertaken — mostly for Allianz Cornhill (formerly British Reserve).
Clients from around the UK and abroad include — BBC Orchestras, Alberni Quartet, National Youth Orchestra. Benslow Musical Instrument Loan Scheme have two cellos and two violins of mine.
I am happy to make anything required to commission — model or colour etc. Alternatively players can choose from instruments currently available.