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Dear Customer

We are open for telephone and on-line enquiries on sales, repairs and rentals but in accordance with Government guidance our premises are closed to visitors.  General enquiries please call 01635-35465 or email

Sales of Violins & Bows – try our ‘on approval’ service.  Give us a call to discuss your requirements and we can courier an instrument or bow to you.  We take a small deposit which is refundable on purchase or return.  If you decide not to purchase then we do ask for you to pay the original courier fee.

We are extremely grateful for your continued support and hope you may be able to make use of any extra time at home for violin, viola or cello practise.

Please stay safe and well.


For Philip’s article on a rare violin by Fagnola Annibalotto,

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Where are we located?
63 Cheap Street (1st & 2nd Flrs), Newbury,  RG14 5DH

A few minutes walk from Newbury Station with parking close-by – short term often just outside the door.

Philip Brown Violins shares the building with Lovejoy Stevens Estate Agents on the ground floor. Our telephone number. Click here for map & parking

Welcome to Philip Brown Violins


Philip Brown Violins Ltd has been established over the last 30 years by Philip Brown who is internationally respected as a bow maker and violin restorer. Musicians, teachers, soloists and orchestras, both amateur and professional have huge respect for his skills and services. Philip is a highly active member of the Berkshire community and organises local recitals and workshops throughout the year for his customers, teachers and students to enjoy.

Philip Brown Violins carries a substantial stock of instruments and bows, representing some of the best of English, French and Italian instruments available. We sell instruments from £700 to £500,000, offer an approval service for those who wish to try before they buy and a well respected rental service. We always have a good range of bows in stock including 18th century originals. Bows suitable for those interested in period performance are made in the workshop by Philip and the team.

We have an excellent workshop facility with a separate machine room, photo studio and research library.  These are well equipped with the tools necessary to make new instruments and bows and to carry out repairs and restorations.   Our experienced and highly qualified staff value good relationships with other crafts people in the business. They regularly meet up to share best practice and attend courses to focus on the latest research and ideas.  We carry out restorations on Cellos, Violins, Violas and Bows and provide free estimates for this service.




Our Latest Featured Products

JonPaul Bows

We are privileged to stock a selection of items from Jon Paul Bows of America.

Jon Hatch and Paul Prier established themselves as bowmakers in France in the late 1990’s. Jon used carbon fiber while Paul’s study included both Pernambuco and carbon bow making.They introduced the carbon technology to Salt Lake City, Utah and established JonPaul bows in 2004. They have since continued to develop new lines and refined versions of their originals. From the outset their mission has been to create bows which play and sound like the best old Pernambuco bows using the latest carbon technologies.

Please call if you’d like to arrange a trial from our selection of their stock

Unsure what you’re looking for? With our extensive collection of violins, violas, cellos, and bows we’re happy to help.

Take a look at our latest featured products, and enquire today to find out more.

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Customer feedback

What do our customers say? We offer an excellent customer service to enable each client find the right instrument.

This is just a really quick email to say how much I’m enjoying my new violin. I bought a De la Dyle violin from you in late October. I started rehearsals a week later for 'Once' the musical. Unfortunately like all in our industry the tour got pulled a few weeks ago with months still to go. There wasn’t a day that went by with out someone commenting on how lovely my violin was. It has made me so happy and I thought in these dark times you’d be pleased to here this.

Many thanks. See you when all this rubbish is over. I’ll need a rehair!!!

Thank you very much for fixing and then rehairing one of the violin bows you made for WCS. The speed with which you returned it to school meant that the students were able to use the quartet of bows in a performance of one of Vivaldi's L'estro Armonico concerti at the Bishop's Palace in Wells. It was great showing off the bows to the audience, describing some of the differences between the early bows and the more familiar Tourte model and it was also lovely to be able to tell the audience who made them...

Esto quod es (Be what you are) 


I recently asked Philip and Kathrin to clean, repair and rebush the pegs on my old Italian cello, rehair a couple of bows and help me with some insurance valuations.  I was delighted with the results: their craftsmanship is of the very highest standard and all the work was undertaken with great care and respect for the instruments involved.  They couldn’t have been more helpful and I would be happy to recommend them for any job, large or small.

Dear Philip, just a quick note to say a big thank you for re-hairing my 3 bows.  It is a great pleasure to play on a bow that actually works! I have been struggling with a bad re-hair and the contrast is huge.  The fiddle bow bedded in within 30 minutes – this has to be a record.  It was good to meet you and see the workshop

Thank you for your help with the Tubbs bow – it was ‘The One’- we both like it and, more importantly, so does my fiddle

I am so happy with my new violin, thank you!

I was very happy with the service and advice given by Philip Brown


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