The road to Stoke Newington Church Street. Gary Bridgewood, Founder and Director of Bridgewood and Neitzert describes his journey into violin making.

Gary and Tom in the early days of 146 Stoke Newington Church Street

What leads someone to take up such a specialist trade, and how did such a unique shop come to exist on Stoke Newington Church Street? I met up with Gary Bridgewood, Founder and Director of Bridgewood and Neitzert to find out. Read more

Repairing major damage: it can be done!

Repairing damaged cello

Occasionally a customer comes to us with a well-loved instrument that has suffered terrible damage in an accident. It’s always devastating for any musician wondering if a repair is possible and satisfying for us if we are able to restore the instrument back to full health. In this case a customer came to us with a cello that had suffered extensive damage after an accident. The accident had caused a massive and complete break on the rib, front and back of the top right quarter of the cello and cracks in the body at the front and back. The customer literally brought us the instrument in pieces. Read more

Musical matchmaking: Cellist Richard Tunnicliffe talks to us about his new Yann Besson cello

Richard Tunnicliffe with his Yann Besson cello

At Bridgewood and Neitzert we are big supporters of modern makers. Founders and owners Gary Bridgewood and Tom Neitzert have a long history of making and we understand the depth of training and commitment that goes into the process of making a wonderful instrument from scratch. Great players often come to us seeking an outstanding instrument on which to perform and depending on their requirements we will often ‘match-make’ with a modern maker. Read more

Rare Venetian Instruments

Venetian instruments are like buses. You wait forever for one to turn up and then two come along at once. Having had a winter where we saw many beautiful old English cellos coming into the workshop for restoration and repair (see our blog from November), January has brought us the rare treat of a beautiful Venetian violin coming right from the heart of the great Degani dynasty of violin makers and a Viola from the more modern maker Carlo De March. Read more

Prevention is better than cure: protecting your instrument against changes in temperature

Perry cello repair: repairing the cracks

Last week we posted a blog about the impact of changes in humidity and temperature on stringed instruments; with a focus on identifying and repair of the resulting damage. As it grows ever colder, here’s a look at prevention rather than cure and how to protect your instrument if a frost or drop in humidity is forecast.  Read more

Winter restorations – common impacts of temperature and humidity change

Henry Jay cello repair: old and new bridge

With the onset of this cold weather, it’s worth being prepared for the impact of changes in temperature and humidity on stringed instruments. Changes in temperature can cause a range of problems that without proper attention can get worse quickly. Being aware of changes in your instrument and bringing it to our highly dedicated and experienced team of professional luthiers if there is a problem will both ensure your instrument performs at its best and preserve it for many more years.  Read more