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I’ll Be There For You: Owner and Founder Gary Bridgewood shares the highs and lows of his 25 year relationship with a very special double bass

A few weeks ago we posted a picture of Ed repairing a rib crack in a beautiful bass; the latest repair in Bridgewood and Neitzert’s relationship with the instrument going back some 25 years. I caught up with co-founder Gary Bridgewood to find all about its (recent) history. The bass is attributed to Nicolo Amati 1596 – 1684, widely considered to be the greatest in a long line of Cremonese violin makers. He himself was fourth in the Amati line, and his grandfather Andrea is widely acknowledged as the ‘inventor’... Read More


How to look after your instrument

Why look after an instrument? Does it matter if it’s caked in rosin and dirt, the scuffs, scratches and missing pieces of wood from the edges and corners adds character?

Focus on hire schemes

Whilst many musicians own and love their favorite instrument(s), there are times when it might make sense to hire an instrument. At Bridgewood and Neitzert we run a number of hire schemes to support students right at the start of their musical journeys through to professional players needing a high-end instrument for a tour or emergency.

Focus on Front of House: meet Colin Parker

In the latest article focusing on life behind the scenes at Bridgewood and Neitzert, we visit the front of house to meet Colin Parker, who looks after our customers and is responsible for the smooth running of the shop.

From fine artist to fine craftsman; luthier Ed Klose tells his story.

Over the last couple of months we’ve been behind the scenes at Bridgewood and Neitzert to meet the people behind the highly skilled restorations in the workshop. This month we meet luthier Ed Klose and discover his story. His interest, as with his colleagues, started with two parallel interests in music and woodworking ‘I played guitar since I was fourteen and have always been into woodwork. I remember in school in the design and technology class working on a wired plywood box. I wasn’t interested in the electrics but fascinated... Read More

Repairing major damage: it can be done!

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... Read More