When I make my instruments there are a number of important
criteria which need to be satisfied.
The Acoustic properties & Response of the instrument underpin
my construction and design. The selection of good quality seasoned wood is an essential element to revealing the best acoustic response
from the instrument.
Having access to original classical Italian instruments has assisted me
in recreating the makers style and artistry.
With the availability of the original makers , detailed Instrument
measurements, arching & scroll casts, scientific analysis, original
construction methods, the superb professional training from the
Newark School of Violin Making ,and years of practical experience, it
has been possible for me to make instruments which capture the
properties of the original, and craft a violin which responds excellently
possessing the acoustic footprint of some of the best classical Instruments.
The Instrument Set-up allows the Player to freely express their
skills by enhancing the acoustic properties. It is critically important to
ensure the instrument Set-up allows the instrument to respond to its
maximum potential. The fitting of the Bridge and Sound Post can
change the character, response, tone and colour of the music
Another important element of the set-up is the String type which is
chosen. The players understanding of the music will assist
them in choosing the most appropriate string type to express that
The aesthetic character of the instrument must satisfy the players
desire. There are many makers who present there instruments with
an antique finish , but i am one who likes the passing of time to make its mark on my instruments.