About Adam Whone

Adam Whone has been in the violin trade for over 40 years. Since childhood he has played the violin on a regular basis and he believes this is an important aspect in understanding musicians and their instruments.

Cranston W.shop c.1977In 1972 at the age of 15 he was one of the very first intake of twelve students at the newly formed Newark School of Violin Making under tutors Maurice Bouette, Glen Collins and Wilf Saunders.

Following the 3 year course there he worked for a well known London violin firm as restorer until becoming a co-founder of Cranston Workshop with director Norelle Hardie and others in 1977.  The shop in the famous Portobello Road quickly gained a reputation for excellence amongst many professional musicians not only for the standard of restoration but also for the many fine new instruments produced, combining experience from the firm W.E.Hill & Sons, the Cremona violin school and the Newark school.

From 1981, Adam Whone became independent and worked as restorer, maker and dealer from his premises near the Portobello Road in North Kensington.

shopfrontIn 1987 Adam Whone was able to take over the historic and widely renowned firm of E.Withers Ltd in Central London. The shop moved to new premises in Windmill Street, WI in November of 1991. During this time the firm continued to deal in instruments of the violin family and carried out excellent restoration work on many fine instruments and bows. In April of 1997, the shop finally closed for business in the West End after almost 230 years of trading.

(LR) Adam outside Withers shopHowever, this was not before celebrating its 150th anniversary at the Wigmore Hall in October 1996 with a sell-out concert(!) – and the writing of the fascinating book on the violin world in Soho during the 230 year history of the firm.

Adam Whone still owns the company and is now “Adam Whone incorporating Edward Withers”. Acknowledged as one of the major London experts in his field, he carries out very much the same business as the old company; dealing in fine antique instruments and bows, high class repair and restoration, and providing a comprehensive service to all string players.

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