I first came to Vincent in 2017 looking to buy a violin. I wanted something good (obviously) but not too expensive, that I could use playing with friends outdoors, as I was too nervous to use my main violin for this purpose. I traveled all over Sussex trying as many violins as possible for several weeks. I must have tried out around 20 instruments, including 4 of Vincent’s. It was immediately apparent playing Vincent’s violins that they were very well set up and of a higher quality than almost all the others I had tried. I ended up with a lovely French violin from the late 19th century, whose sound is soft, sweet and easy, and that suits me perfectly. Knowledgeable friends of mine are astounded at the sound this violin can make, compared to the very reasonable price I paid. Vincent has a deep knowledge and love of violins and their history, and upon first meeting him I got to see his latest half-built model and discuss many aspects of violin making, playing and history. I would urge anyone who wants a high quality old violin to visit him. His instruments are set up so well, that it is instantly possible to appreciate something of a violin’s true range and tone, without wondering…could this sound better if only it was set up properly.
Subsequent to my first visit, I have used Vincent several times. He checked over my new violin after a year, replacing the bridge and making minor adjustments for free. I have also learnt some invaluable tips regarding maintenance and setup that I can do myself – things I would have loved to have known years ago. In 2018 I took Vincent my main German violin (a Stainer copy) for a new setup. He has managed to improve the sound of this instrument I have been playing for over 25 years, with a few adjustments and replacements, and I am extremely happy with the results. I now have two fine instruments I can play anytime, a surprising luxury for an amateur player, due in no small part to the excellent service I have received from Vincent”.
I always keep an eye out for interesting fiddles but it’s rare that I find one that has the sound I want for a price I can afford. I recently happened upon a beautiful instrument that Vincent had for sale at a festival and found it to be far more impressive than more expensive violins I’d tried. He explained the instrument’s history and features, and the work done to bring it to its current state. Needless to say, I was sold! The whole experience was completely enjoyable and no-pressure, like buying something from an old friend. (As it happens, I bought my very first violin from Vincent years before.) I’m couldn’t be happier with my purchase and would recommend Vincent wholeheartedly to anyone looking for their next (or first) violin!Angie Boothroyd
So pleased we came across your website. We were looking high and low for that one special violin. You were so honest with your advice. We took your advice on board and we are not disappointed. Everyone comments I’m trying sound quality. It’s only 3/4 but I’d love her to keep it forever. It’s perfect. We are utterly grateful. We will be back when she needs an up size.
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.
Mr Barry Wickens F.T.C.L L.T.C.L
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.