© 2017 Charles Collis

Workshop

Where it all starts

We had a very busy number of years at our workshop in the center of Salisbury. We are now situated near Southam, a short distance form Leamington, Warwick and Coventry.

The workshops here form part of a private country house set amongst woodland on the edge of the Southam.

Restoration

& Repairs

Double Basses as well as Violins, Violas & Cellos

We have years of professional experience repairing and fully restoring instruments of the violin family including from most major schools and makers (Banks, Hardie, Forster, Kennedy, Gand, Quenoil, Lockey Hill, Lott, Panormo, Derazy, Bernadel, Gagliano, Perry and more).

From set-up to re-touching varnish (I have spent years studying varnish techniques) crack repairs, sound-post cracks, neck-grafts, button grafts, major woodworm damage and full restoration.

Clients range from amateurs, students, professionals, dealers, collectors, Violin & Auction Houses throughout the globe.

Make an Appointment

We have a busy schedule but will always make time to see your instrument. Just contact us to arrange a time.

We are always happy to see new & old customers.

Heritage & Tradition

Renewing the potential.

It is really important to us that we honour the work of the past when working on old instruments no matter their condition.

Working on a great many revered basses has given us a valuable insight to the master's approach to construction that it is as if we have touched history. We try to learn from this and use it in our daily workshop methods.

Charles has traveled as a Churchill Fellow to study the great centers of violin making throughout France, Germany Austria and Italy