Work in progress hanging in the workshop                

 


Rows of violins hanging awaiting restoration for sale in the shop. 

 

A major part of the work of The Violin Shop is repair and restoration, both of the customers' instruments and those for sale in the shop.  Although many new instruments are sold, older instruments make up the bulk of the sales and they have to be in as good a condition as possible, for the sake of both the client and the instrument.  
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We are always interested in buying good quality instruments and bows for restoration, regardless of condition. It is amazing what traditional skills, modern materials, a good eye and infinite patience can achieve.
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For instance, this old English 'cello was restored for a customer several years ago.  In common with many English instruments of its time, it had merely painted on purfling, affording no protection to the corners and edges.  By the time it came into the shop it had lost all four corners on its belly and two on the back.  We were able to make new corners, copying the two extant corners on the back.

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An old English 'cello restored in the workshop                                     

 

We undertake work on all members of the violin family and their bows. This work could be anything from simply putting on a new string for a beginner unsure of how to do this, to a major restoration for which we will happily give a quote.
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Many smaller jobs can be done the same day, preferably if an appointment is made beforehand.  This includes bow rehairs.  It should be remembered, however, that Saturdays are normally our busiest day for the purchase of instruments and the workshop is not fully staffed on that day.
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"At the End of the Day" - detail of a pencil drawing of the workshop by Kevin George

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