We have a vacancy for a

Senior Violin Workshop Technician

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

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In July’19 we moved to:
63 Cheap Street (1st & 2nd Flrs), Newbury,  RG14 5DH

Our new location is closer to Newbury Station and has easy parking close-by (often right outside our door).  We are sharing the building with Lovejoy Stevens Estate Agents on the ground floor. Our telephone number remains the same. Click here for map & parking

Welcome to Philip Brown Violins


Sale Items – we have a few ex rental cellos on sale, together with a few new Hiscox cello cases

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Philip Brown Violins of Newbury is owned and run by internationally respected bow maker and violin restorer Philip Brown. For over 30 years musicians, teachers, soloists and orchestras, amateur and professional have been coming from far and wide to use his services. He is a very active member of the Berkshire community and organises local recitals and workshops throughout the year for his customers, teachers and students.

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, and offer an approval service for those not sure whether to buy and also an outstanding rental service for new players. We also 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 staff are experienced and qualified and have a great relationship with other crafts people in the business and regularly meet up with them and attend courses to keep on top of the latest research and ideas.  We can carry out restorations on Cellos, Violins, Violas and Bows and provide free estimates for this service.




Our Latest Featured Products

JonPaul Bows

We are now proud stockists of JonPaul Bows from America.  Jon Hatch and Paul Prier learned bowmaking in France in the late 90″s, Jon carbon fiber, and Paul studying both Pernambuco and carbon bow making.

They brought the carbon technology to Salt Lake City, Utah and started JonPaul bows in 2004. They have been adding new lines and refining the older ones since then. Their mission from the beginning was to create bows that play and sound like the best old Pernambuco bows using the latest carbon technologies. We have a selection of their bows in stock, some of which can be made to your chosen stiffness/flexibility of stick.  Please give us a call and we can arrange a trial.

Are you not sure what you are looking for in your first, or next instrument or bow? With our extensive collection of violins, violas, cellos, and bows we wouldn’t want you to miss something spectacular.

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

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Customer feedback

Take a look at what our customers have had to say about previous purchases and our service. We are proud to help our customers find their perfect instrument or provide the best service they require.

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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