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No 500. The Classics

And finally…number 500. So, what should I make? A lot of people had been asking this very same question, and usually expecting it to be something really exotic and extravagant. As if I would!  I felt the only fiddle left to make

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No. 499 The Plywood 5 Stringed Violin (SOLD)

Here is my next ‘plywood’ offering: a 5 stringer. Well, it take all sorts! If you took this one apart you would end up with way over a hundred individual pieces of wood; Maple, Spruce, Cherry, Mahogany, Rosewood, Ebony and

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No. 498 The Asymmetric 5 String Violin (SOLD)

I think my two cornered asymmetric shape is one of the most pleasing. On this occasion I have coupled it with what I call ‘fishy’ ‘f’ holes and an open scroll to give an undeniably unique look. More details below the pictures For the

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No. 497 The Plywood Violin

And now for something completely different !!  A ‘PLYWOOD’ violin !!!!   OK, OK, before you throw your hands in the air, glance towards the heavens and tut tut tut very loudly, rest assured, I didn’t buy the plywood from my

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No. 496. The Octave Viola ( SOLD)

Number 496 at last! I’ve often been asked about making a cello, and shied away from it purely because of the size and amount  work involved. So here, at last, is an instrument in cello tuning that doesn’t need a pick-up

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No. 495 The Octave Violin

I first made an Octave violin way back in the Spring of 1999. It was number 103 and I made it at the request of Eliza Carthy. She wanted an Octave violin that was violin string length and size; not something

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No 494. The 5 String Salvador Violin (SOLD)

Making the low notes sound good on a five stringer is always a challenge, and the use of my Salvador body shape is the best solution yet ! By moving more of the body of the instrument to the bass

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No. 493. The Classic

Ever since discovering that Baroque violins, [yes, including Strads], had an iron nail locating the neck through the top block, I’ve been more than amused at the idea of a violin being held together with nails or screws and nuts and

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No. 492. The Asymmetric

I first made an asymmetric violin of this shape to offer something different aesthetically, but soon came to realize that they have their own acoustic properties too. Generally they are very well balanced and satisfying to play. More information below the pictures.

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No. 491: The Infidel

The first of my final ten is now completed. I began building this instrument in the first week of September and I’m delighted with the result. I chose to start with an Infidel, as the very first violin I ever

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