After graduating from the Newark School of Violin Making, where besides learning the basics of violin making and repairing, he became interested in the recognition of instruments made by the old masters, and their differing styles of work.
On qualifying in 1982, he moved to north Germany to join the workshop of Geigenbau Machold in Bremen, which had a worldwide reputation for restoration work.
Besides learning the finer points of fitting up, tonal adjustments and restoration, he had the opportunity to work on and study many of the classical Italian instruments which passed through the shop. Studying these instruments made him realise that it was not an absolute precision of execution but the expression of intent, combining an understanding of shape, proportion, and a mastery of technique which made them so special, both visually and tonally. It was this understanding which is the basis of his own work.
The back in two matching pieces of maple of medium curl ascending across the back from the centre joint, the ribs of similar curl. The neck, pegbox and scroll of almost plain maple. The front in two pieces of spruce of fine grain in the centre broadening towards the flanks. The varnish of rich red-orange colour on an amber ground.
Length of back 350mm
Width upper bout 158mm
Width middle bout 109mm
Width lower bout 107mm
Delivery & Returns
Delivery and Carriage
We will deliver your goods normally within 48 hours if in stock. Please contact us for more information on items which are currently out of stock, and we will send you an email with approximate new stock arrival dates. If you need delivery by a certain time please state this on your order and we will do our best to accommodate you.
VAT and other taxes
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VAT will not be charged on orders being shipped to the Channel Islands, Switzerland and countries outside of the European Union.
If ordering for delivery overseas, you may be required to pay import duties and taxes that are added once the order arrives in your country. Any add-on charges for customs clearance must be accepted by you. Customs policies vary from country to country, so you should contact your local customs office for further information.
Shipping normally takes place within 48 hours (subject to stock) from your order being received and should be delivered within 3-8 days and depending on your country.
If you experience any difficulty in placing an order please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Returns and Cancellation
If the goods you receive are faulty please return them to us in their original condition within 14 days and we will either repair or replace them or refund the cost of the goods.
If the goods you receive are not what you ordered please return them to us in their original condition within 14 days and we will either replace them with the goods you ordered or refund the cost of the goods and carriage.
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If a refund is due to you it will be made expeditiously and within 30 days.
Non-delivery of goods
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Damage in transit
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Damaged goods must be reported immediately and within 3 days of delivery otherwise, tomandwill.com cannot accept responsibility.
Bridgewood & Neitzert LTD
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