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Ruschil & Bailly

Qualification

violin maker

Services:

Violin making, bow making, rehair, restoration

Service

new building, repair, leasing, accessories

Particularities

Antoni Ruschil is a London violin maker who graduated from Newark School of Violin Making. He apprenticed in workshops across Europe and worked with Roger Hargrave, Stepan Soultanian and with the Vettori family violin makers. Back in London, he joined the workshop of JP Guivier and then Stringers and later worked with Dextra Musica, Norway, the Fondazione Stradivari and Museo Civico in Cremona, Italy. He has a close cooperation with The Royal Academy of Music and serves students from The Royal College of Music and Guildhall.

Price ranges of Ruschil & Bailly instruments

  • Violins – from £8,000
  • Violas – from £10,000
  • Cellos – from £18,000
  • FREE sound adjustment sessions by appointment.

Address:
WC1N 2NP London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 0207 251 6403

Melvin Goldsmith

Service

new building, repair, restoration

Address:
London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 746 3456 089

Thwaites

Service

trade, new building, repair, restoration, leasing, accessories

Particularities

Thwaites is a family business that is providing instruments and luthier services especially to orchestral musicians – with specialised rental schemes for students and professionals.

The staff at Thwaites workshop

  • Jack Pamplin – Founder & Expert
  • Bill Pamplin – Director and Expert
  • Caroline Lovell – Director and Bow Restorer
  • Chris Chinn – Senior Luthier
  • Richard Dean – Luthier
  • Lance Hunter-Darch – Luthier
  • Amy Lovell – Apprentice Bow Restorer

Address:
33, Chalk Hill
WD19 4BL London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 1923 232412

Old Violin Workshop

Service

trade, repair, accessories

Address:
10 High Street
TW12 1PD London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 20 8977 2952

David Coltman

Service

repair, leasing, accessories

Particularities

David Coltman is a violinist and experienced string instrument and bow restorer who worked at Edward Withers, London und Matthew Coltman, Chiswick, before establishing his own workshop in Pinner.

Address:
6, Anglesmede Crescent
HA5 5SP London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 0774 6755 406

Laurence Dixon

Service

trade, new building, repair, restoration, accessories

Particularities

Laurence Dixon violin making and restoration at Guildhall University and South Thames College. Subsequently he worked at the Stentor workshops and with the London bass specialist Roger Dawson.

In his own workshop, the "Bass Place", Laurence Dixon is making instruments, sells double basses and bows and offers any luthier services bassists may require.

Address:
123 Dulwich Road
SE24 0NG London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 794 737 7520

The Early Music Shop

Service

trade, repair, accessories

Particularities

The Early Music Shop is an internationally renowned specialist for early music instruments, providing instruments, accessories, luthier services and tuitions.

The shop has showrooms in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, and in London.

Address:
11 Denmark Street
WC2H 8LS London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 207 062 9000

Anette Fajardo

Service

new building, repair, restoration, accessories

Particularities

Anette Fajardo studied violin making at the State Vocational School for Instrument Making in Mittenwald, Germany (Geigenbaufachschule Mittenwald). After graduating she worked at Michael Becker’s and Kenneth Stein’s workshop in Chicago, in Tobias Festl’s World Of Basses in Reutlingen, Germany and finally joined the workshop of Peter Biddulph in London. In 2001 she founded her own workshop in South East London and joined the team of luthiers at the Royal Academy of Music in 2006.

Address:
50 Brockley Grove
SE4 1RJ London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 20 8699 4753

Peter Biddulph

Service

trade

Particularities

Peter Biddulph is one of the most renowned international experts in the world of stringed instruments and author of ground-breaking publications about Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gèsu.

Address:
99 Mortimer Street
W1W 7SX London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 (0) 20 7636 1733

Emma Alter

Service

trade, new building, repair, accessories

Particularities

Emma Alter is a baroque violinist, who studied period bow making with the Dutch bow makers Pieter Affourtit, Andreas Grutter and Basil de Visser. Back in London, she learnt repair and restoration with Stephen Thomson.

In her London atelier she makes and sells period bows, not only baroque but medieval and renaissance as well, and hand made leather mutes.

Address:
Unit B, 4 Park End
NW3 2SE London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 7939 277189

Paul Balmer

Service

trade, repair, restoration, accessories

Particularities

Paul Balmer is a violinist who was introduced to the art of violin making by Andrew Scrimshaw and offers instruments, bows and individual luthier services to amateurs, students and professional players.

Address:
99A Stapleton Hall Rd
N4 4RH London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 208 342 9008

Alex Hillairet

Service

repair, restoration, accessories

Particularities

Alex Hillairet studied at the Newark School of Violin Making under Patrick Jowett, Paul Harrild and Paul Gossling. After graduating in 2003, he apprenticed to several workshops in France, Germany, England and Korea, where he specialised in different restoration and conservation techniques and in sound optimisation. He is a member of the British Violin Making Association.

Address:
Warlters Close
N7 0SA London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 2075029483

Thomas Weale – Allegrostrings

Service

trade, repair, accessories

Address:
8 Keswick Mews
W5 5PG London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 203 659 6159

Philip Ihle

Service

new building, repair, restoration

Particularities

Philip Ihle studied violin making in Cremona and worked for Mark Wilhelm in Suhr, Switzerland and Florian Leonhard in London. He specialised in custom-made violins and in restoring finest, historical instruments and tonal adjustment. Occasionally, he collaborates with his wife, the J & A Beare restorer Tomoko Murai.

Address:
42-44 Hassop road
NW2 6RX London
United Kingdom

Gareth Ballard

Service

new building, repair, restoration

Particularities

Gareth Ballard was a professional musician when he decided to follow his passion and to become a violin maker. He was introduced to the art of violin making by Giuseppe Quagliano and studied at the Newark School of Violin Making. Subsequently he worked in several workshops in Austria and France in order to deepen his experience. Back in England he joined the atelier of Bridgewood and Neitzert in Stoke Newington for three years before he set up his London workshop.

Address:
47 Lambeth Walk
SE11 6DU London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 770 601 3195

Beare violins – Charles and Peter Beare

Service

trade, restoration

Particularities

Founded in 1892, the Beare family company stands for the best traditions of the British stringed instrument business.

Address:
5-7 Cranwood Street
EC1V 9EE London
United Kingdom

Michael Shakespeare – Blackheath Violin Workshop

Service

trade, new building, repair, restoration

Particularities

Michael Shakespeare studied violin making at the London College of Furniture under Patricia Naismith and worked for almost ten years as a restorer in the atelier of J. P. Guivier. With his own workshop he became a highly regarded partner of musicians in major London orchestras; he collaborates with the workshop of Sean Bishop of Bishop's Instruments and Bows as a principal restorer.

Address:
26 Tranquil Vale
SE3 OAX London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 20 8318 0738

Stringers London

Service

trade, repair, leasing

Particularities

Stringers is a well-known dealer of stringed instruments with shops and violin making workshops in Edinburgh and London.

The staff at Stringer London's workshop

  • John Sydenham – Restorer
  • Antoni Ruschil – Restorer
  • Piotr Kulcenty – Restorer
  • Juliane Schanzenbach – Senior Bow Restorer
  • Florian Bailly – Bow Restorer

Address:
99 Lisson Grove
NW1 6UP London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 20 7224 9099

J P Guivier

Service

trade, repair, restoration, leasing, accessories

Particularities

J P Guivier is a violin dealer and restorer, that was established in 1863 by Joseph Prospère Guivier.

The staff at J P Guivier workshop

  • Kwon Su Kim – Head of Workshop
  • Antonis Andreou – Instrument Restorer
  • Luca Modaffari – Senior Bow Specialist

Address:
99 Mortimer Street
W1W 7SX London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 20 7580 2560

J & A Beare

Service

trade, restoration, leasing

Particularities

J & A Beare traces back its history to John Beare in 1865 and was established 1892 to become a leading international violin dealer – a famous name in the world of fine stringed instruments and a port of call for many of the best musicians.

Luthiers at the workshop of J & A Beare

  • Philippe Briand – luthier
  • Monika Bulsiewicz – archetier
  • Gilbert Cox – archetier
  • Gordon Kerr – luthier
  • Rebekka Moos – luthier
  • Tomoko Ihle Murai – luthier
  • Andrea Ortona – luthier
  • Alexandre Valois – luthier

Address:
30 Queen Anne Street
W1G 8HX London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 20 7307 9666

Bridgewood & Neitzert

Service

trade, repair, restoration, leasing, accessories

Particularities

Gary Bridgewood and Tom Neitzert studied violin making at the London College of Furniture with Norman Myall, Stephen Barber, Pat Naismith, William Luff and the maker and historian Ian Harwood before they established their atelier in 1982.

Address:
146 Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 0JU London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 207 2499398

John Procter

Service

trade, new building, repair, restoration, accessories

Address:
40 Nunhead Green
SE15 3QF London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 7779 040789

Tom Blackburn

Service

trade, repair, restoration, accessories

Particularities

Tom Blackburn is a professional musician, who established his violin making atelier in 1969.

Address:
75 Harrington Gardens
SW7 4JZ London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 20 7373 2474

Tom Woods Cellos

Service

trade

Particularities

Tom Woods Cellos is a specialised London dealer of fine cellos.

Address:
26 Royal Opera Arcade
SW1Y 4UY London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 20 7362 1812

Bishop Instruments & Bows

Service

trade, repair, restoration

Particularities

Bishop Instruments & Bows is a London based dealer of fine stringed instruments and bows

The staff at the Bishop workshop

  • Martin Sonnenberg – Restorer
  • Jutta Walcher – Bow Restorer
  • Michael Shakespeare – Repairer/Restorer

Address:
2 Hinde Street
W1U 2AZ London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 207 4875682

Florian Leonhard

Service

trade, repair, restoration

Particularities

Florian Leonhard studied violin making at the State Vocational School for Instrument Making in Mittenwald, Germany and started his career as Head Restorer at W. E. Hill & Sons and continued at Macholds in Bremen, Germany and Withers, London.

Additionally to his London showroom and workshop Florian Leonhard established an office in Hong Kong and a violin making atelier in New York City.

Address:
3 Frognal Lane
NW3 7DY London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 207 8 133 307

Phelps Violins

Service

trade, repair, restoration

Particularities

Phelps Violins was established in 1895 and is one of the leading UK dealers and restorers of fine violins, stringed instruments and bows.

Address:
34 Conway Road
N14 7BA London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 20 8482 3887

Andreas Hudelmayer

Qualification

violin maker, master violinmaker

Service

trade, new building, repair, restoration, leasing, accessories

Particularities

Andreas Hudelmayer is a fine contemporary maker. He studien violin making at the Newark School of Violin Making and graduated with Distinction. Subsequently he worked for three years as a maker and restorer in two Berlin workshops, before he was appointed to be the Head of the London workshop of Frederick Phelps. In 2002 he established his own atelier in central London.

Address:
Studio 310 Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane
SE15 4ST London
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7490 0188