Vincent Purcell Violins

Vincent Purcell Violins


fitting a bass bar in old English violin

Tue 10 Jan 2017

Fitting a bass bar is one of the most difficult tasks in violin making. There must be no glue visible after fitting. Here we have the completed bar fitted in an English violin from around 1800. The structure is essentially a triangle with highest point under the bridge area but the finished curves are moving and elegant

fitting a bass bar in old English violin

broken scroll

Fri 9 Dec 2016

Always insure your violin. This was accidental damage but can be caused by ill fitting pegs. All fixed and playing nicely now.

broken scroll

bass bow re-hair

Thu 26 May 2016

Double bass bows are often re-haired with black hair which is more coarse than most white hair

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Gavinies violin

Sun 23 Nov 2014

Greetings from the violin workshop. Today we are cleaning and restoring the varnish on a violin by Gavinies, Paris 1770.

Gavinies violin
Gavinies violin, made in Paris in 1770.

In the workshop today…

Thu 17 Jul 2014

In the Violin workshop today we have an English violin by Joseph Hill, here is it is next to a huge double bass bridge. We also have a lot a of horse hair ready to be put on bows. And a tiny weeny planer on a Gabrielli copy violin being made…

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Double Bass Repair

Wed 19 Mar 2014

Lots of double bass repairs—they are always falling over!
Here is a before and after job with the happy owner.

Double Bass Repair Double Bass Repair