Violins that Speak for Themselves
Here you will find information about the instruments I make; what I currently have for sale; what they cost; who plays them and how to contact me.
As I’ve been approaching violin number 500, I’ve been telling you all that I am retiring when I have completed number 500. And so I am. What this will mean is that, although I cannot promise never to make another violin, I shall not be making violins for a living. Apart, possibly, for the last ten, I shall not be taking ‘Timsviolins’ to festivals. I shall not be producing violins and having them readily available at my very favourable prices. I have already cancelled my regular advertising.
I have now started making the last ten, which will take me up to number 500. These are not ‘order-able’ and will be entirely of my own choosing.
They are all going to be a bit special in one or more ways and will be presented in a really good case with a commemorative bow.
For a start, until now, I have made violins in pairs for the sake of economy and customer choice, but my final ten will all be individually made. This will allow me to focus singly on the instrument in hand, and encourages a more tempered approach leading to a truly unique instrument.
I will be using the very best tonewoods which I have been saving over the years from my stock, thus optimising both sound, appearance, and potential.
All the violins will be expressive in one way or another of what is characteristic, different, and interesting, about my approach to violin making.
The first, is a classic Tim Phillips Infidel. My very first violin was an Infidel, so I’m starting the final ten where I started my making; smooth, simple, and beautiful. [ A lot more beautiful than my first !]
Following on there will be an unfussy asymmetric; a classy Strad style violin with some ‘interesting elements’. There will be an Octave, a 5 stringer, a Revolin, a Salvador, some others???, and a 5 string Octave Viola just for good measure, as I have never made one before !! [Yes, as low as a cello]
A bit of ‘bling’ might just creep in here or there and who knows what else !
Whatever happens, I shall enjoy making them.
They will be put on my website as I complete them. I will price them with a reserve price, and, up to the point where all ten are completed [early next summer or the 1st Sept at the latest], I will accept the highest bid for each one. If you wish to reserve one I will discuss a ‘save it for me’ price with a deposit.
The reserve prices will be higher than my current prices, but, still lower than most makers charge for their rather ordinary fare.
Any unsold will remain on my website at the reserve price.
Please email me to express your interest.
As a foot note, in the current September issue of The Strad magazine, there is an article about asymmetric violins. Alongside some very big hitters from the violin making world, I have been included in the article, and there are photographs of several of my instruments. The magazine is THE Global mag. for most things ‘violin’ and I feel honoured to have been part of it, [at last !].