Luthiers and Instruments

Maintenance and Insurance of Instruments

If your instrument has been bought from a recognised dealer, it will generally be set up to achieve it best performance. However, if you have an old instrument or one not bought recently from a recognised dealer you may wish to have it checked out and set up for you, in which you might consult a luthier, who can also re-hair bows.

You may also wish to insure your instrument. Many people have their instruments included in their house insurance, but it would be sensible to have a receipt or certificate indicating the value of the instrument. More expensive instruments are often insured separately by specialist companies, and most luthiers can put you in touch with these insurers.

The presence of the names of luthiers on the following list should not be taken as a recommendation, and it is sensible to ask around.

Ayres Violins
69-71 School Lane
Manchester  M20 6WN
Tel/Fax: 0161 448 1860

Beverley Music Centre
14 Norwood, Beverley
East Yorkshire HU17 9EZ
Tel: 01482 881584
[Violins, violas, cellos and double basses for sale. Repairs. Sheet music. Rental schemes]

Alan Milner
High Stelling House
Hurst, Richmond
North Yorkshire DL11 7NN
Tel: 01748 884041
[No shop – contact as above Violins, violas, cellos for sale, bought and repaired. Double bass repairs.]

Chapel Allerton Stringed Instruments
Contact Jan on Leeds (0113) 2620738 or by e-mail at or contact Pete on Beverley (01482) 888654 (or mobile 07901 591965)

[No shop. Contact as above. Sales, restoration and repair of violins, violas, cellos and double basses]
Tim Toft Violins
Stone, Staffordshire
01785 811860
Shop open Tues-Sat
Makers, repairers, all string instruments

Other local luthiers include:

Shay Allen, Woodlesford  0113 2880913

Lily Bennett, Bradford  01274 591988; mob. 07814316238

James Neild, Leeds (0113) 2620738

Neal Heppleston, Double Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin repairs, Holme Bank Mills, Mirfield.  Tel 07763 688127

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