For fourteen years I was in the violin department at Sotheby's. My last seven years there were as a departmental
director. This meant travelling around the world advising clients about their instruments.
Now I'm far happier: I've written a book about violins and I've been working for myself for over twenty-five years.
I specialise in violins, violas, cellos and their bows for the professional (sorry, I don't do school fiddles) and I'm based in a
converted country church rather than a conventional violin shop. It's a lovely place to try instruments, and indeed is popular as a
performance space. Internationally famous performers play here. There are some images below.
Being away from a city centre has many advantages. Parking is easy and it's quiet. I have no punitive business rates, or indeed rental costs,
that must be paid for from inflated profits. It takes about two hours to get here from London. However, that might save a great deal . . .
I'm always keen to buy antique instruments, not just of the violin family, for restoration. I work closely with perhaps the most gifted
restorer in the business, Colin Irving. I'll point out any repairs, and I'm happy to guarantee the work.