Handmade Violins from England

The United Kingdom can boast some of the finest individual makers in the world today and celebrates a history of excellence as epitomised by the tradition of the Newark School.

Wessex, the region to the west of London and reaching out to rural Devon has its own claim to English violin making heritage. The cathedral city of Salisbury, the ancient capital of Wessex, was home to Benjamin Banks (1727-95), a reputed and prolific maker. 

Each instrument is individually labelled and is accompanied by a hand written Certificate of Authenticy, bearing photographs of the instrument.

The Body: The back made in two pieces of irregular figured or lightly figured Bulkan maple, the ribs and scroll are in similar wood; the table in two pieces of Bavarian spruce of narrow grain.

The Varnish: Hand applied oil varnish in Italian tradition of a rich amber brown colour over a gold ground and often with some slight shading.

The Fittings: Quality Ebony in a French pattern. Despiau bridge fitted.

Typical Measurements:
Length of Back: 356mm
Upper Bouts: 167mm
Middle Bout: 117mm 
Lower Bout: 207mm

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