Violins

We stock a range of new and antique violins, violas and cellos, naturally weighted towards instruments made here in the workshop. The list of instruments given is not exhaustive, so if there is a particular instrument or price bracket you are looking for please don’t hesitate to call. A range of student instruments are available on order, and even if we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock we may be able either to source it, or put you in touch with someone in the violin trade that can.

Violins below £1500

Eastern European Stradivari copy, c.1960 SOLD

Professionally set up with solid ebony fittings and a hand cut bridge fitted to the instrument.

Czech Stainer copy 1930

A good entry-level instrument professionally set up in the workshop here.

German c.1910

An attractively flamed two piece back. The original veneered fingerboard has been replaced with one of solid ebony.

Klingenthal, German c.1850 SOLD

This instrument has a one piece back, and has been thoroughly reworked, the top plate having been rethicknessed and tuned with an improved bass bar.

Violins £1500-£3000

Mittenwald c.1860

Labelled as an Andrea Guarneri, in truth closer to a Stradivari model. A one piece back of flamed bird’s-eye maple bearing the distinctive ‘crackled’ varnish one would expect of these instruments.

Jerome Thibouville-Lamy French c.1910 SOLD

A better quality French trade instrument, probably the Stradivari IV model listed in the JTL catalogue of 1912. A repair to a bass bar crack has been carried out in the workshop, and the whole instrument has been thoroughly reworked to bring it to optimum playing condition.

C.J.Emmett 2011

Stradivari ‘Cessol’ model, with a vibrant golden-orange varnish.

 

English c.1960

An unlabelled instrument, but may be the work of local maker Hamilton-Doyles, who was also a monument sculptor. It appears to be an English-made instrument, of good workmanship and materials, oil varnished with a small amount of natural wear and generally in very good condition.

Violins £3000-£5000

C.J.Emmett 2011

This instrument is modelled after the Guarneri ‘del Gesu’ ‘Soil’ of 1733. It has a stop length of 193mm making it ideally suited to players with smaller hands, and was selected by the Allegri quartet for its tone quality at their Newark Violin School concert.

A.J. Roberts, England, c.1916 SOLD

A small instrument with a surprisingly full and rounded tone. Labelled as made by The British Guild of Violin Makers, this instrument is stamped internally with the initials B.B., possibly referring to a Benjamin Banks model, and also marked faintly A.J. so is most likely the work of the Guild’s founder A.J. Roberts. The original post and bridge, marked with the group’s emblem is also available.

Mathias Neuner, Mittenwald, c.1870

The label dates it to 1801, but this violin is more likely to be the work of the grandson of the same name. The varnish appears to be of a typical Mittenwald dark hue, but is a remarkable transparent dark red when seen up close. A new bass bar has been fitted and the tone is extremely powerful and viola-like on the lower strings.

Violins £5000-

C.J.Emmett 2012

Based on the Stradivari ‘Messiah’ model, this instrument has a soft, sweet tone.

C.J.Emmett 2013

Based on the Stradivari ‘Messiah’ model, and the instrument judged by J. and A. Beare to be the best by a British maker in that years test at the Newark School. This instrument has a powerful and rich tone.

C.J.Emmett 2014

An instrument based on the Guarneri ‘del Gesu’ ‘Cannone’ played by Paganini, retaining the shapes and large dimensions of that instrument, but ironing out some of the eccentricities of late ‘del Gesu’ workmanship.

C.J.Emmett 2014

A violin based on the mid-period ‘del Gesu’ instrument known as the ‘Soil,’ its slightly smaller dimensions make it an easy instrument to get around. This instrument has been given an antique finish and boxwood fittings.

C.J.Emmett 2015

A violin based on the Guarneri ‘Il Cannone’ model, with an antiqued finish and boxwood fittings.