Founded 1982 we are widely recognized as one of the UK’s leading violin dealers, restorers, and makers offering a complete service to all string players from student to professional, running a large-scale repair and restoration workshop operating to the most exacting and precise standards. Whether modern, classical or baroque our expertise and knowledge has served many musicians in achieving optimal sound and satisfaction that their instruments are cared for by gifted craftsmen/musicians.
Renowned expert repair and restoration carried out by gifted craftsmen using time-honoured techniques as well as innovative and technically advanced methods which are at the forefront of current knowledge, all repairs and restorations carried out to the highest standards for instruments and bows of all levels. Benefit from the abundant knowledge and restoration expertise of its managing directors Tom Neitzert and Gary Bridgewood and their restorers. Bridgewood & Neitzert – celebrated worldwide for quality repairs, a long and rich history restoring some of the very finest instruments and bows. 36 years dedicated to the care and sale of instruments & bows of the violin family.
Welcome to our website, Bridgewood & Neitzert internationally respected violin dealers and restorers with over 37 years serving teachers, orchestras, soloists, amateur and professional musicians. We take pride in understanding musicians needs, offering a wide range of instruments and bows for sale, modern, classical or baroque and our expertise and knowledge has served many musicians in finding suitable instruments, in our workshops we have helped many musicians to achieve optimal sound and satisfaction that their instruments are cared for by gifted craftsmen.
Find out the value of your musical instrument
If you are no longer using your instrument or bow why not benefit from Bridgewood & Neitzert’s expertise, contact one of our experts, who will be delighted to offer free confidential advice without obligation.
We offer a range of valuation services; These include free verbal valuation, full written valuations for a fixed fee, insurance, probate, CITES, expert advice to legal and insurance advice.
We provide accurate, up to date opinions for most stringed instruments and bows, offering you practical advice about value and prospects for sale. We can offer a free valuation by email without obligation,and can usually determine from your photographs if you have a factory-made violin, or a fine instrument. We will advise if an instrument is of interest or importance and if we will need to examine it in order to assess its condition and provenance before giving an assessment. Fees apply for any formal opinion.
Renowned expert repair and restoration carried out by gifted craftsmen using time honoured techniques, innovative and technically advanced methods at the forefront of current knowledge
We have outstanding workshop facilities set over two floors with a separate machine room, photo studio and research library. We are well equipped with the tools necessary and expertise to make and carry out all repairs and restorations both minor and extensive. Our staff are highly experienced, dedicated professionals who carry out restorations on all violin family instruments both modern and baroque. We also repair double basses, lutes and viola da gambas.
Sound adjustments and consultation, why not book an appointment
We maintain stringent standards for our stock, these are centered on; condition, provenance, sound quality, playability and value for money.
All instruments are carefully set up to exacting standards in our workshops; our range suits amateurs, students, professionals, and soloists. A good selection of English, French, German and Italian violins, it includes some of the best contemporary makers and workshop instruments for upcoming students.
We are always available to discuss your requirements and once we understand your ambitions will use our experience and expertise to tailor a selection of instruments to your specific needs.
If you have an instrument or bow that you would like to sell please get in touch. If your instrument is not suitable for our stock we can provide practical advice on how you can sell it. We are always searching for instruments and bows to sell that are suitable for professional and amateur musicians, and consider buying instruments requiring restoration.
We also offer sale on commission, if your instrument or bow meets our standards, we can sell it on your behalf.
Whether you are a professional musician or just starting out, making music can be tough financially. The cost of instruments and equipment mean some people never discover the joy of learning and playing music.
Working with Take it away, we hope to break down these barriers, a part of Creative United, a community interest company that drives economic growth and social impact in the arts and creative industries, they provide a range of subsidised and non-subsidised loans. These are designed to make learning, playing and participating in music more affordable and open to everyone. Together with our partners, we look to enable and inspire a life-long love of music.