David Rubio 1934 – 2000
Born David Spink, it was whilst in Spain, making a meagre living as a flamenco guitarist, accompanying traditional singers and dancers that he acquired the sobriquet “Rubio”, after his red beard!
Since the mid-1960s the name of David Rubio has been famous in the musical world as a maker of stringed instruments: guitars, lutes, harpsichords, violins, violas and cellos. Two string quartets play his instruments exclusively, and one is named the Rubio Quartet in his honour.
David came to violin making in an unconventional way in his own words ‘In Spain I had sat shooting the breeze in the back of the guitar-makers shops and watching them at work. I have a photographic memory, and I decided one day that I wanted to make guitars. He famously made guitars for Julian Bream. He went from classical guitars to lutes to harpsichords and it was the period-instrument movement that led to him making baroque violins, he was amongst the very first makers in this rapidly growing field and many players own his fine instruments and they are featured on numerous recordings, he made over 1000. In 1979 he moved into a custom-built workshop in Cambridge and started making modern set-up violins, violas and cellos whilst continuing to make baroque instruments.
He was involved in research and significant discoveries about the methods and materials used by classical Italian violin makers for finishing and varnishing instruments. He developed methods of acoustical testing which helped other makers gain insights and control over how their instruments function, his unconventional training in instrument-making led him to evolve detailed constructional techniques different from those taught in the violin-making schools. He was a maverick and a wonderful violin maker.
The back in two pieces of maple of irregular medium curl ascending across the back from the centre joint in the mid to upper half and running horizontally in the lower half. The ribs, pegbox and scroll of medium curl. The front in two pieces of spruce of strong medium grain. The varnish of a rich orange-brown colour on a yellow ground.
David J. Rubio
Cambridge Anno 1995
Length of back 752 mm
Width upper bout 353 mm
Width middle bout 245 mm
Width lower bout 451 mm
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RETURNS AND EXCHANGES
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At times, returning items may be necessary, and we've streamlined the process for your convenience. We're happy to exchange or refund any items that are faulty or unsuitable for your needs. To qualify for a refund or exchange, items must be in perfect condition and returned to us within 14 days of receipt. Additionally, they must be returned in their original sealed packaging with any labels or seals still attached and intact. Your statutory rights remain unaffected, and our Refund Policy provides additional information.
HOW TO RETURN
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Once your return has been received, we will process it within 14 days. You will then be refunded the full amount of your purchase, minus the cost of the return shipping if applicable.
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146 Stoke Newington Church Street
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Please note that our Refund Policy applies, which includes receiving and inspecting the goods before issuing any refunds. Additionally, proof of postage will be required.
Our company's policy regarding refunds is subject to certain terms and conditions. Refunds will only be issued after we have received and inspected the returned goods. We require proof of postage for our records. For further details, please refer to our Refund Policy below.
Our return policy allows you to request a return within 14 days of receiving your item.
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Damages and issues
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Exceptions / non-returnable items
We regret to inform you that there are some items that we cannot accept returns for. These include perishable goods, custom-made products, and personal items. If you have any doubts or queries regarding your specific purchase, do not hesitate to contact us.
Additionally, kindly note that we do not entertain returns for sale items or gift cards.
The most efficient method to obtain the desired item is by returning the current item and purchasing the new one separately once the return has been approved.
Once we receive and examine your returned item, we will inform you about the approval or rejection of your refund request. If approved, the refund will be issued to your original payment method, but the shipping cost will be deducted. Please note that the refund processing time may vary depending on your bank or credit card company.