Established 1982 Tel: 020 7249 9398

 

About Us

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.

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Valuations and appraisals

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.

020 7249 9398

146 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0JU

Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm

Bank holidays – please call

Expert restoration

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

Contact us

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Buying and selling

We offer a wide selection of violins, violas, cellos, double basses, baroque and classical period violins and celli, bows, cases and strings.

We maintain stringent standards for our stock, these are centred on; condition, provenance, sound quality, play-ability 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.

Testimonials

I trust him completely because of his expert workmanship and patience when dealing with any problem

Dave Green Double Bass

Gary Bridgewood has been my saviour for more times than I care to mention over the 30 years or so that I’ve known him. When it comes to the bass he’s my other half. He has a feel and instinct for the bass that only comes with many years experience. I trust him completely because of his expert workmanship and patience when dealing with any problem. Don’t go away Gary I’m counting on you to be around for the next 30 years. Dave Green

Dave Green
double bass

A truly brilliant shop

A truly brilliant shop which I’ve used now for several decades! I’ve had bridges cut, fingerboards shot, and bows re-haired – all of which have been expertly executed by the talented staff. Always a warm welcome and full of clear advice – Gary (Bridgewood) helped me buy my first Electric violin! I play violin professionally and would definitely recommend them for all string instrument work – so refreshing to find a music shop where the staff aren’t just about commission, they have time for you.

Sim Jones
violinist

Always very helpful

Rachel Pantin violin

Always very helpful, and able to work with the wide range of violins that I use and work with.

Rachel Pantin
violinist

I’m converted. My cello has never sounded so rich and resonant and it projects fantastically

Terrific service and expertise, I felt so confident in leaving my cello for a service, this was the first time I have been and I’m converted. My cello has never sounded so rich and resonant and it projects fantastically. The repair to some cracks on the front is virtually invisible! Thank you B& N

Jo
cellist

Great shop and great people!!

Karen Grymm Regester

Went in today with a damaged bridge and end pin on my silent bass, left 20 mins later very happy with it all fixed!! Great shop and great people!!

Karen Grymm Regester
double bass

They really understand good basses….

Just the most wonderful place. I bought my double bass there and get all my bows re-haired. They really understand good basses….

Clarissa Dann
double bass

they did an excellent job on my Double Bass!

Juampi Mauro

I recommend Bridgewood & Neitzert Ltd in Stoke Newington, they did an excellent job on my Double Bass!

Juampi Mauro
double bass

We are regular customers

We are regular customers and also bought a violin 2 years back. The service we always get is superb. Attention to detail, very good value for money, and a very helpful team!

Hendrick
violinist

excellent customer service and advice

I have always had excellent customer service and advice from all the staff at Bridgewood & Neitzert from whom I regularly buy violin strings and from whom I bought a beautiful violin case a few years ago.

M L S
professional violinist

Very easy to order the electric Violin I wanted

Very easy to order the electric Violin I wanted. Once the financing was approved (that part wasn’t as straightforward, but that’s not their fault) the order went through smoothly… and shipped very quickly.
We got it within 3 business days of order (shipped via UPS).
The nice touch? We got a phone call from them the day the violin was ordered to see if everything was ok, and if we needed help.

That’s definitely worth the 5 stars.

Serge
violinist

Highly recommended

Benet McLean

Bridgewood & Neitzert is my favourite violin dealer/maintenance shop in London. I’ve always found the staff to be friendly and helpful, as well as the owners, who are usually also somewhere close at hand to help.
The only down side of visiting the shop is being surrounded by so many tantalizingly amazing looking instruments. I bought my present instrument there in 2015 and it’s been an absolute pleasure to play. Looking forward to visiting again soon. Highly recommended.
Benet McLean

Benet McLean
violinist

Trustworthy and efficient

Julia Doyle Double bass

Trustworthy and efficient, I have used this shop for decades. At first for musical accessories and bow re-hairing, then for a major repair on my old bass. They were fantastic! Dealt with the insurance, did the repair to a high standard, and lent me a bass to use while mine was out of action. Always recommend them. Oh, and they gave me an old bow and fixed up our busted (special) school violin for free, so generous too.

Julia Doyle
double bass

I am so pleased!

Amy Langley cellist

Hi Gary,

It’s Amy here. (you fitted the Wilson pick-up to my bridge last month)

I just wanted to let you know that I have been on tour since then and got the below feedback about the cello sound from our front-of-house sound man.

“Amy ,

Great gig last night, always good to finish on a high.

There was a chap from one of the trade publications there yesterday , I think it was Pro Sound News ,  doing an article on ELO , asking about speakers , mixing desks and mics etc .

I was telling how much we all like you new system on your cello , but I couldn’t remember the name of the unit you have installed . Do you have a name of a number of the pickup ? And is it OK to put that info in this chaps article ?

It really is by far the best system I have come across , there is very little background noise i.e Don’s drums , and the sound of the instrument is amazing .

I have let them know what pick-up it is.

I am so pleased that it has got the thumbs up!  I thought you might like to know so you can recommend it to others.”

Thanks

Amy

Amy Langley
cellist

I couldn’t ask for a better violin shop

Chris Haigh fiddle

“I always use Bridgewood and Neitzert for bow rehairs, repairs, the fitting of pickups and so on. The service is first rate, and the staff are always friendly and knowledgeable. I couldn’t ask for a better violin shop.”

all the best

Chris

Chris Haigh
fiddle

Thoroughly recommended!

Mayda Narvey cellist

Bridgewood and Neitzert give attentive and thoughtful service to a wide range of clients of all levels and needs. Thoroughly recommended!

Mayda Narvey
cellist

Great service from friendly and knowledgeable staff

Every time I shop here, I receive great service from friendly and knowledgeable staff.  I have come to the shop with specific queries about instruments and for valuations. They have been extremely helpful as well as quick and efficient. I highly recommend their services.

Alice Poppleton
baroque violin

Great advice, fantastic service, I recommend them!

anna-phoebe-rocker-violinist

“Bridgewood & Neitzert have been an integral part of my career for the last 15 years – from helping me find my instruments, to bow rehairs, buying last minute accessories like rosin and strings, fitting pickups on my electric instruments.  They offer great advice, fantastic service and I would recommend them to anyone from beginner to professional.”

Anna Phoebe
violinist

Wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Adrian-Stout-Double-Bass

Gary and the excellent team at Bridgewood and Neitzert have saved my bacon on countless occasions. They have done emergency repairs to enable recordings and shows to go on, given advice on strings and pickups, lent me instruments and helped me improve the sound and feel of my basses. As well as repairs and maintenance, I have bought and sold basses with them, always with excellent customer service, for 20 years and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Adrian Stout
Professional Bassist The Tiger Lillies

Enormously grateful!

Michael-Mullen-RCM

I had a number of issues with my cello fingerboard, tailpiece, and bridge which needed urgent attention. Having entrusted a previous instrument to B&N with excellent results I had no hesitation in going back to have these problems resolved. Gary’s amazing new veneered fingerboard and Joe’s new bridge have vastly improved the sound, feel and look of my piccolo cello. Enormously grateful!

Michael Mullen
cellist

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