My favourite violin bow was in need of a rehair and a tip. Vincent was highly recommended to me by several musician friends, including Herbie Flowers. The bow is now as good as new, with a perfect tip and rehair, all done quickly and at a very reasonable price.
On collection it was good to have a chat and even a short fiddling session! It’s a pleasure to have met such a great craftsman who also happens to be a very nice guy!
I will definitely be recommending Vincent to fellow string players of any instrument and it’s very reassuring to know mine would be in good hands if needed.
We recently purchased a baroque ‘cello from Vincent for Leeds Baroque Orchestra. It was a pleasure dealing with him. Not only did we have a full description and pictures of the ‘cello but he bent over backwards to be helpful in arranging transport to Leeds and letting us have the instrument for an extended trial period so our ‘cellists could try it out at orchestral rehearsals. The result is we have an excellent ‘cello at a very reasonable price.
Leeds Baroque orchestra
After having received great repairs on my violin, all with very good service, I decided to go to Vincent when looking for a new violin. I tried many violins within my price range, all in great condition and all producing nice varied tones and colours which is what I needed. I settled on one of his violins and couldn’t be happier with it, and the service and repairs I have received in the past. Would highly recommend Vincent Purcell to anybody looking for high quality violins or repairs!
Amy Gilbert, The Purcell School
I have been looking for a new violin for some time. I am really pleased with my recently purchased violin, which absolutely suits my needs as a regular player. The feel is perfect and the rich and fruity tone compliment the instruments played by my fellow members of several string groups. Many thanks Vincent.
I first found Vincent about 5 years ago when I needed to repair my Violin due to an overseas housemove back to the UK, and during the removal process my violin was damaged.Vincent did a fantastic job with the repair doing some cleaning and tidying up free of charge too.I’ve recently started playing again more regularly as I’m back in an orchestra and the violin I am using was still my old free school violin that I’d just never gotten around to upgrading.Whilst looking at where to go to buy a violin I was recommended several places by other orchestral players but my mind kept coming back to Vincent as I remembered that he also did up old violins and sold them as well as doing repairs.I wasn’t too interested in buying a ‘new’ violin so something old was really more what I was after.After contacting Vincent he set up an appointment very quickly and when I arrived he had set out around 10-15 violins for me to try. I had seen one on his website which I loved the look of but he also said he had some lovely violins not yet on the site.I loved the way he laid then all out in price order so I knew where I was on the value scaleThe one I’d loved on the website I actually didn’t love at all to play despite it being on the higher end value wise. I was looking for something with a lovely mellow tone that resonated well and ended up with a beautiful French 19th century violin that I’m still in awe of actually owning. The best part? It was one of the cheaper options laid out for me which gave me the additional choice of having a new bow too.Now I’m not an expert or even close to it on violins or bows as principally I’m a flautist – with violin my 3rd instrument, so knowing that Vincent was extremely knowledgable in this area made me feel completely reassured. I asked him to select a few bows for me to try, and out of the 2 he chose for me – there it was – the perfect choice to accompany my new violin.What I like most about Vincent and my interactions with him, are that I always come away knowing a lot more about the history of violin making and violins in general, and he’s just a great guy to chat to.I also know that he has given me an excellent quality set up on my violin, and the precision and care he puts into all his work is just outstanding.I can’t imagine going to anyone else in the future to take care of my violin needs.
Vincent quickly set up a visit for me to come and look at a few violins within my budget. He talked me through their different features and allowed me to stay and play them for as long as I wished, as well as loaning me one free of charge to try out. Not only is my new violin exactly what I was looking for, I feel more informed about this industry and my playing in general. He took extra care in providing this service and I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy a violin from a real expert.
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.