Projects

I’m blessed in that my work is prized by some of the UK’s top orchestral and chamber musicians. 

Commission for a 1695 Ruggieri model cello for london philharmonic orchestra extra player and Hamilton: an american musical deputy, iain ward

  • One-piece back
  • Tailored to suit the player
  • Set-up for projection

guadagnini model commission for pei-jee ng, co-principal of the london philharmonic orchestra

  • Current Commission
  • At the research stage
  • Follow my progress

The “Simpson” Guadagnini from 1777. Currently at the design stage still with the new commission but I love the dimensions of this instrument.

Commission your own instrument

Cosmetic work on an 1860 honore derazey

  • Matching the varnish
  • repairing  the damaged areas
  • Full set-up
  • Cutting a  new bridge
  • Repairing a developing base bar crack
  • Resealing the ribs at the bottom

Repair work on 1928 Giuseppe Pedrazzini violin 

Rowan’s stunning example of a Pedrazzini violin was in need of some tender love and care after he took the corner off when he caught it with his bow. It’s a surprisingly common occurence and one which I was more than happy to put right. 

    • Rebuilding the corner
    • Replicating the grain
    • Matching varnishes 
    • Redoing the set-up

    Repair work on 1928 Giuseppe Pedrazzini violin 

    • Rebuilding the corner
    • Replicating the grain
    • Matching varnishes 
    • Redoing the set-up

    Rowan’s stunning example of a Pedrazzini violin was in need of some tender love and care after he took the corner off when he caught it with his bow. It’s a surprisingly common occurence and one which I was more than happy to put right.

      During the job, I came across the original colour of the violin on the one spot. The original varnish was a deeper red ochre but as the sun-bleached the varnish over time it settled into its present colour. I had to mix a varnish which when it dried would tie in nicely but it’s amazing to see the power of the sun. 

      I had a lovely violin on loan while mine was being repaired. John Francis made it really easy to collect and return the violin, despite being in a different city at the time. It played beautifully! Always very informative and accommodating.

      Highly recommended.

      What an absolute cracker. This is quite simply exactly what I was looking for. 

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy with the match of the colour. It’s as though it was never there.

      When I had the unfortunate incident of opening my violin case to see the neck had come away from the main body of my violin I asked John if he would have a look. After a couple of weeks my violin was returned to me and was sounding as good as ever. Thank you for the painstaking repair you produced to bring my old fiddle back to life.

      John did a quick soundpost adjustment on my viola between rehearsals and he opened up the sound beautifully… He’s professional and it was a joy to experience someone who’s no.1 priority was to make sure I was happy with how my instrument sounded and felt. His musicianship and experience as a violinist is a huge bonus, I can’t recommend his services highly enough.

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