Since 2001, I needed to know a reliable and skilled violin-maker and repairer for maintaining my instruments and was fortunate enough to be introduced to Vincent Purcell by another professional violinist.
When students come to me for tuition beyond the starter phase and are serious about advancing their studies, I believe a appropriate incentive is they go to Vincent to discuss an upgrade of violin. To progress from an educational beginner factory made instrument to a decent handmade instrument is important. Vincent holds stocks of violins that would hold their value, even increase.Most importantly, playing on a decent violin allows students to develop their own identity through tone quality and production, essential for good music making.
For donkey’s years Mr Purcell has repaired and serviced my old english double bass. The day we met he actually had to rebuild it. I bought it in 1956 from my R.A.F. bandmaster, I love it. It’s the bass I used on the recording of Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. Thank you Vince – you’re a wizard. Thank you too for never removing or even asking me what the Tippex marks on the fingerboard are for. Without them, or you, I’d be lost.
Yes, I could go to a very expensive London dealer, pay top prices and still end up with something that does not work for me from someone who does not seem to care.
With Vincent I appreciate I am getting value for money, but more importantly a trusted friend with whom I can leave my instruments and know they are in the best of hands.
Vincent has been restoring instruments for my students for years now. He is fast, efficient, generous and honest. I have used him many times to find instruments for my advanced students and they and I have never been disappointed. Almost all the students I have sent to him have come away with excellent quality instruments at very reasonable prices. I would recommend him to any teacher or performer.
Ros Hanson-Laurent, Violin/Viola teacher
I would not go to anyone else! Vincent’s work is high quality and always reliable.I have been taking my instruments to him since 1988 and have never been disappointed with his craftsmanship and advice. I bought a beautiful violin from him too.
when people ask me where to go for great violins, bow re-hairs, instrument set-ups and repairs I always tell them Vincent is the one.