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Evans-Pughe Strings specialises in instruments by contemporary British and European makers. Blind tests have consistently shown that good modern instruments outscore or match up to old masters. Our walls feature work from both established and up-and-coming makers, some of which we act for exclusively in the UK. Below is a list of a few of them.

 

 

Verity Atkin


Maker of: Violins, violas and cellos
Location: England

A graduate of the Newark School of Violin Making, Verity has her own workshop near Louth in Lincolnshire where, in addition to repair and restoration projects, she indulges her passion for making new instruments of the violin family.

 

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Roy Collins


Maker of: Bows
Location: England

Roy learnt bow-making with Arthur Bultitude, and has been working as an independent bow maker since 1978. He has gained a reputation for fine quality bows based on the old French Masters and the English Makers Dodd and Betts.

 

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Nigel Crinson


Maker of: Violins, violas, cellos and double basses
Location: England

Nigel is one of the leading luthiers in the UK today. He studied at the Newark School of Violin Making and has been making for sixteen years. His instruments have inspired clarity, in tone and colour.

 

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Russell Davis


Maker of: Violins, violas and cellos
Location: Wales

Russell made his first instrument in 1973 under the guidance of Maurice Bouette, who later became the principal of the Newark School of Violin Making. A number of his cellos are played by professional cellists.

 

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Charline Dequincey


Maker of: Violins and violas
Location: Canada

Charline studied violin making at the Mirecourt School in France for five years. Her instrument making is guided by her involvement in acoustics research.

 

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Peter Dodge


Maker of: Violins
Location: England

Peter has been making violins for 12 years and is self-taught. His instruments are played in orchestras as diverse as the Cambridge Philharmonic and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

 

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Rex England


Maker of: Violins, violas and cellos
Location: England

Rex is a self-taught maker with a particular interest in making violas of different sizes to suit the physique of the player. He has been making professionally since 1983 and his instruments are played by professionals, advanced students and gifted amateurs.

 

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Yves Antoine Gachet


Maker of: Violins and violas
Location: France

Yves Antoine is a gifted young maker who studied at the Mirecourt School in France. He makes beautiful and original violins and violas that have great flair and a strong style.

 

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Mark Hickman


Maker of: Violins and violas
Location: Isle of Wight

Mark has been making and restoring stringed instruments since he made a copy of a Renaissance lute in the 1970s. His understanding of what makes a good violin has been built up over many years not least from learning from other luthiers. Today his instruments are played in a number of orchestras.

 

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Manuel Di Landa


Maker of: Violins, violas and cellos
Location: Italy

Manuel initially trained in violin making at La Scuola Di Liuteria in Gubbio, Italy. After graduation, he studied for a further three years at the Newark School. His inspiration comes from the Italian makers of the 18th century.

 

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Sally Mullikin


Maker of: Violins and violas
Location: USA

Sally received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Carleton College and subsequently attended the Newark School of Violin Making between 2002 and 2005. Her focus as a maker is on sound quality.

 

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Martin Penning


Maker of: Violins, violas, cellos and double basses
Location: England

After graduating from the Newark School of Violin Making in 1999, Martin
has specialised exclusively in new making. He produces instruments with a rich voice and an exciting visual appeal.

 

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Pedro Santos


Maker of: Violins, violas and cellos
Location: England

Originally from Lisbon, Pedro had an interest in woodwork from an early age from watching and helping his grandfather.

 

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Samantha Silverton


Maker of: Violins, violas and cellos
Location: England

Samantha was inspired to start making violins through her love of playing the instrument. She makes violins in the historic heart of the city of Lincoln.

 

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Paul Stanton


Maker of: Violins, violas and cellos
Location: England

A graduate of the Newark School of Violin Making, Paul is a leading contemporary maker. He is noted for his beautiful interpretations of the late period violins of Guarneri del Gesu and the classical elegance of his Stradivari pattern cellos

 

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Petko Zlatev Stoinov


Maker of: Violins, violas and cellos
Location: Bulgaria

Petko has learned from the best Bulgarian and Italian experts and makes violins, violas and cellos. His instruments have excellent acoustic qualities. The polishing is oil or spirit varnish, with all ingredients imported from Italy and England.

 

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Andrew Sutherland


Maker of: Violins, violas and cellos
Location: England

Prior to training as a luthier, Andrew studied with a sculptor in Cambridge in order to attain the skills required to make instruments. He then moved to Newark where he received his formal training at the Newark School of Violin Making.

 

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