Optimising the sound and playability of your instruments and bows is what makes my work challenging and worthwhile. Sometimes a small tweak achieves a great deal, at other times it takes extensive restoration.
Make an appointment to come into the workshop, so we can plan any maintenance, repairs and sound adjustments according to your needs and budget.
The conservation of your instrument is also extremely important. Considering that some of these beautiful instruments have been around for 3 centuries and more, we need to preserve them for future generations in the best possible condition.
To vist please make an appointment: 07495 787 682
From the start of my training in Cremona in 1986, restoring and setting up instruments for early
music performace practice has had a special allure for me. Today it is still a large and much loved part of my workload.
Each era within the baroque through to the classical period has its own characteristics; I have a range of variations to choose from to suit your musical specifications. I then design and make the set-up individually for each instrument, to enhance its qualities as much as possible.
During 'lockdown' I was able to finish a baroque violin which has now sold. I am working on the
next one, to be completed soon. My new work is modelled on the few surviving violins by Andrea
Amati ( Cremona ca 1560 ). They combine exquisite design and craftsmanship with strong and
deep sound quality, which make them an irrisistible example to try and emulate.
New baroque violin £ 9500.
I aim to finish at least one new baroque violin each year and each one will be plus £1000 from the last one, for the next few years.
For a full estimate please make an appointment to visit the workshop.
My number is 07495787682
Cleaning, varnish retouch, sound adjustments £85 p/h, minimum charge £45
VIOLIN AND VIOLA
In April 2022 I was one of four speakers at the Lutherie conference in Newark. My subject: 'A practical approach to the baroque set-up for violin'.
Going through my photos and notes of the last 20 years brought it home to me (again) how lucky I am, working on the most beautiful instruments and for very talented and passionate musicians.
Researching the subject for the purpose of this 45 minute talk has renewed my interest in it and inevitably made me realise that notwithstanding my extensive experience, there is still much to learn and refine.
You can read a review of Lutherie 2022 here: helenviolinmaker.com/lutherie-2022/