Kathrin Repairs A Broken Violin

Kathrin Repairs A Broken Violin When one of our customers was on tour last year she fell through a faulty step on her way up to the stage.  Luckily she wasn’t hurt but unfortunately it was her violin that broke her fall. Here is how Kathrin...

1739 Pryor Violin

1739 Pryor Violin Arguably our best sounding violin available at the moment is a charming violin made in 1739 by William Pryor. The violin has dynamic range, is powerful but always retains a sweetness of tone no matter how hard it is pushed. This...

1850s John Devereux Violin

1850s John Devereux Violin Over the summer we had the privilege of restoring and then transporting to Brisbane a very special violin made by John Devereux, the forefather of Australian violin-making. This is very rare ‘English...

Instrument Alignment

The Importance of Instrument Alignment I became interested in alignment when I had a violin which was always in tune no matter how badly I played it. It was made by Warren Bailey who used to work with me and he is the most accurate maker...

Felix Foucher

Felix Foucher

English Violin Maker Felix Foucher After 30 years running a violin workshop it is still with a sense of eager anticipation that greets each “attic” violin that comes my way. But back in 1992 when I heard a tap on my workshop door I had no idea of...

Winter Care of String Instruments

Winter Care of String Instruments

Because our climate is generally damp we forget that during hard frosts the moisture is quickly taken out of the air. The resulting dry atmosphere can cause shrinkage in wooden instruments. Given time to acclimate, instruments can withstand both...

Forster Violin

Forster Violin We are very pleased to have in our workshop this violin made in 1807 by ‘Young William Forster’ from the respected Forster instrument making family in London. Four generations of Forsters were leading figures in...

May News from Philip Brown Violins

We were delighted to welcome Geneva cellist Gerard Le Clerc back to the UK for a workshop and recital in Hungerford last month. Please visit ArtsforHungerford for photos, video and review of the event. Philip was recently guest speaker...