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.
Vio 5 Acoustic Violin. £2,750
Recently added to the Vio-5 stable, this beautiful acoustic model has been built to the Mk.3 body style. Made from medium figured Maple for the back and sides and first quality alpine spruce for the table.
Strung with Prim strings to give a powerful and bright response across all strings, but retaining a sweetness in the upper register and a gorgeous depth to the low C.
Finished in tender pine oil varnish and a deep red/brown glaze colour, supplied complete with a Cellissimo hard case.
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. For optimum amplification, with minimal distortion and noise,my own design 5-string bridge has been incorporated, and houses the Piezo sensor, feeding my unique Chinrest amplifier set-up. Fitted with quality, Wittner, 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, and a Thomastik "C".
Supplied complete with hard Cellissimo case
From "The Celt" stable, 4-string Electro-acoustic violin
Evolving from the Vio-5, the Vio-4 is a natural development in style and tonal performance, only this one is the first 4 string to be finished in a unique style, incorporating my own design of Celtic Knot around the sides, all done with my own recipe Oil varnish. Incorporating my own-design piezo bridge and chinrest buffer/pre-amp, gives astonishing amplification performance and strung with Prim strings.
A complete stunner!
Electro-Acoustic 4/4 Violin - £510
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.
3/4 violin, £450
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.
3/4 Violin, £125.00
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. £70.00
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
4/4 violin, Amati "Alard" style. £ 2,150
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.