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Celebrating 50 years in the violin business -

My first few years in the real world (1972 – 1982)

It is hard to believe that 50 years have passed since I arrived fresh-faced and not a little apprehensive at Newark Northgate train station to embark on my first year of study at the newly opened Newark School of Violin Making in Nottinghamshire. [...]


Small but significant find in the Withers archives...

Just a little docket


John Frederick Lott II is without doubt one of the most outstanding, fascinating and colourful characters in the world of violins. His 66 year life (c.1804 – 1870) seems to merit a feature film all of its own even if you disregard the inspirational copies he made of Guarneri del Gesu [...]


1st & 2nd November Amati Stringed Instrument Exhibition Success

The 1st and 2nd of November 2015 saw another successful Amati event at the Langham Hotel in Portland Place, Central London. A wide array of violins, violas, cellos and bows (not to mention the interesting array of their chaperones) graced the large ball room and tables were festooned with offerings like so many Christmas dinners. […]


Succesful March 2015 Amati Exhibition at the glorious Langham Hotel

On Sunday March 30th and Monday 31st the latest incarnation of the Amati stringed instrument exhibition was held at the Langham Hotel, Upper Regent Street, central London. 21 exhibitors took part including stands from dealers as far away as Japan and the USA. The larger space of the Ball Room at the Langham allowed for […]


The Amati Exhibition

~~~ October 2014 Amati Exhibition ~~~ (26th & 27th October, 2014 at The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, Mayfair, London. W1J 5JD) It was October 2013 that saw the very first stringed instrument event with its unique and exciting “dealer’s/makers” exhibition. It was held in tandem with its own stringed instrument auction and the those of the other major auction […]


The Amati Exhibition – 29th/30th March 2015

Don’t miss the exciting new Amati exhibition –  this time based in the wonderful Langham Hotel, Portland Place just near to the BBC studios. This fourth such exhibition promises to be the best yet with many fine instruments and bows too see both old and new. I will be putting together the Withers historical display […]

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