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I usually have a small number of completed instruments that are offered for sale, also news of events or items of interest from the workshop can also be found.

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Introducing......."The Celt", 5-string acoustic violin. £2,700

04/11/17

Built to the mk.3 body style and shape, this instrument has been finished in a unique style, incorporating my own design of Celtic Knot around the sides, all done with my own recipe Oil varnish, and strung with Helicore "5's".
Stunning looks, with an astonishing sound!

Electro-Acoustic 4/4 Violin - £510

14/02/17

Fully restored mid-20th c., European violin, finished in tender oil varnish and set-up with quality fittings.
Amplification through own-design piezo bridge and chinrest buffer/pre-amp, giving a genuine reproduction of true tone and response.
Strung with Thomastik Dominant strings, and supplied with case.

Extraordinary - 5 string Viola: £POA

24/01/17

A 5-string Viola - Developed from the original Vio-5 wide body, this instrument has been dramatically re-designed to function as an Acoustic instrument down as low as F, tuning F, C, G, D, A , this one can make your teeth rattle!
The prototype Vio-5 had considerably greater body air mass than the successors in the style, enough to enable full resonance at such a low pitch, a feat not easily achieved with traditionally styled instruments
To add that extra ooomph!....my own design 5-string bridge has been incorporated, and houses the Piezo sensor, feeding my unique Chinrest amplifier set-up.
Finished in warm brown oil varnish, with a suble "antiquey" look, strung with Lenzner and a rather special Sensicore (Perlon) "F"

Vio-5, 5 String acoustic, £2,650

10/12/15

The latest from the stable of my original 5 string violins, slender model, built from fairly plain figured maple for Tonal superiority, with first quality Slovenian Spruce for the table. This beautiful wood is laid bare by a minimal coating of pure pine resin oil varnish, ensuring the resonance is not checked whilst at the same time, giving the essential protection to the instrument. Fitted with quality, Knilling, geared pegs and finest quality Despiau bridge, tuned for optimum response.
Currently strung with D'darrio Helicores (medium), giving a gorgeous depth of tone, but bright response at the top.
Supplied complete with hard Cellissimo case ...more

3/4 violin, £450

22/06/15

Fully restored, late 19th cent. German 3/4 violin, believed to be either Markneukirchen or possibly Schonbach. Lovely tone, exquisite detailing and finish. Restored with new pegs, fingerboard, bridge and tailpiece. Strung for concert set-up.

4/4 violin, £490.00

12/06/15

Excellent quality student instrument, length over back 354mm. New condition, professionally set-up with best quality bridge and Thomastik Dominant strings.

3/4 Violin, £125.00

12/06/15

Czechoslovakian student instrument, length over back: 342mm, styled on Antonio Stradivari "long pattern" instruments. Completely restored and fitted with new ebony fingerboard and pegs, strung with good quality student strings, sounds lovely. Ideal for advancing student.

1/2 violin, restored. £95.00

12/06/15

Student quality instrument, length over back: 310mm, probably late 20th cent. Fully restored and set-up for optimum tone (difficult with fractional instruments such as this), however, ideal first instrument for beginner

Selection of Bows for sale

20/02/15

I currently have a good selection of student quality bows of various sizes:
Cello 4/4 and 1/2 sizes - round and octagonal sticks, from £35

Violin: all sizes down to 1/16 - round, octagonal and composite, from £23

(Postage by tube not included)

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4/4 violin, Amati "Alard" style. £ 2,150

24/11/14

This is the third instrument of this model from my "Alard" mould. The original instrument is currently part of the Hill collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and is an absolutely breathtaking example of Nicola Amati's work, I never tire of seeing it, nor making it.
This interpretation is made from medium figured Maple to the back, ribs and neck, with quality boxwood fittings and strung with Thomastik Dominant strings, giving a beautiful, crisp and lively response, despite it's mellow tone.

4/4 Violin, makers own design - £2,150

06/11/14

4/4 size, back length 354mm, build on own, contemporary design following traditional Geometric design principles. Full arching to back and belly, designed to give a softer, rounded tone with excellent response in the lower register but retaining brilliance and power on the A and E. ...more

3/4 violin - £550

05/11/14

19th century 3/4 violin, length over back 334mm, believed to be French. Fully restored, strung with Thomastik Dominant strings, gorgeous, rich tone.
Ideal for progressing student looking for that extra quality of sound and power ...more

5 String violin, "Vio-5" - £2,650

04/11/14

5 String, Vio-5 No. 4, completed summer 2014. Body length 355mm, acoustic variant, medium figure maple back, ribs and neck. Soundboard from Slovenia, excellent quality Alpine spruce. Finished in Pine resin oil over a casein ground, glaze coated a rich warm red/brown. Strung with Thomastik Dominants, excellent power, tone and response across all strings.
Supplied complete with hard Cellissimo case ...more

4/4 violin, Guarneri-del Gesu style. £2,150

04/11/14

Guarneri Del Gesu style concert violin. 4/4 size, length of back 351 mm, built on a form dating from 1741. Standard fittings, medium figured Bosnian Maple for back and sides. Lovely, powerful tone. ...more

4/4 violin, Carlo Bergonzi style..

27/03/14

4/4 Violin, styled on an instrument by Carlo Bergonzi dated 1731, lightly figured one piece Maple back and best quality spruce soundboard. Lovely sonorous tone, bright and responsive at the top, rich and full tone on the G and D. Finished in a beautiful red/orange oil varnish and quality boxwood fittings, fitted with Thomastik Dominant strings. ...more