We are actively looking to strengthen and expand our team at Philip Brown Violins Ltd.

Vacancies are currently available for a qualified violin technician; a bow maker and a bow re-hairer.

Please contact Leanne for more details:


Welcome to Philip Brown Violins Ltd


Due to high demand we are open by APPOINTMENT ONLY – Tuesdays to Saturdays. 
Please call us on 01635-35465 
Appointments are running on a tight schedule so your prompt arrival is much appreciated. If you need to adjust your allocated time please call as soon as possible.
For the time being instrument repairs are carried out for existing customers as a priority. Repairs for instruments purchased elsewhere will be accepted on a discretionary basis until normal activity resumes.
Thank you for your patience.




Philip Brown Violins Ltd has been established over the last 30 years by Philip Brown who is internationally respected as a bow maker and violin restorer. Musicians, teachers, soloists and orchestras, both amateur and professional have huge respect for his skills and services. Philip is a highly active member of the Berkshire community and organises local recitals and workshops throughout the year for his customers, teachers and students to enjoy.

Philip Brown Violins carries a substantial stock of instruments and bows, representing some of the best of English, French and Italian instruments available. We sell instruments from £700 to £500,000, offer an approval service for those who wish to try before they buy and a well respected rental service. We always have a good range of bows in stock including 18th century originals. Bows suitable for those interested in period performance are made in the workshop by Philip and the team.

We have an excellent workshop facility with a separate machine room, photo studio and research library.  These are well equipped with the tools necessary to make new instruments and bows and to carry out repairs and restorations.   Our experienced and highly qualified staff value good relationships with other crafts people in the business. They regularly meet up to share best practice and attend courses to focus on the latest research and ideas.  We carry out restorations on Cellos, Violins, Violas and Bows and provide free estimates for this service.




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Customer feedback

What do our customers say? We offer an excellent customer service to enable each client find the right instrument.

Just to say a truly epic service! I come from a family of top string players (leaders of orchestras and music college professors) and can honestly say you guys are the best in the business! I always recommend my students here and will continue to do so. Keep up the good work!Phil Daish-HandyConductor,Cellist

This is just a really quick email to say how much I’m enjoying my new violin. I bought a De la Dyle violin from you in late October. I started rehearsals a week later for 'Once' the musical. Unfortunately like all in our industry the tour got pulled a few weeks ago with months still to go. There wasn’t a day that went by with out someone commenting on how lovely my violin was. It has made me so happy and I thought in these dark times you’d be pleased to here this.

Many thanks. See you when all this rubbish is over. I’ll need a rehair!!!

Thank you very much for fixing and then rehairing one of the violin bows you made for WCS. The speed with which you returned it to school meant that the students were able to use the quartet of bows in a performance of one of Vivaldi's L'estro Armonico concerti at the Bishop's Palace in Wells. It was great showing off the bows to the audience, describing some of the differences between the early bows and the more familiar Tourte model and it was also lovely to be able to tell the audience who made them...

Esto quod es (Be what you are) 


I recently asked Philip and Kathrin to clean, repair and rebush the pegs on my old Italian cello, rehair a couple of bows and help me with some insurance valuations.  I was delighted with the results: their craftsmanship is of the very highest standard and all the work was undertaken with great care and respect for the instruments involved.  They couldn’t have been more helpful and I would be happy to recommend them for any job, large or small.

Dear Philip, just a quick note to say a big thank you for re-hairing my 3 bows.  It is a great pleasure to play on a bow that actually works! I have been struggling with a bad re-hair and the contrast is huge.  The fiddle bow bedded in within 30 minutes – this has to be a record.  It was good to meet you and see the workshop

Thank you for your help with the Tubbs bow – it was ‘The One’- we both like it and, more importantly, so does my fiddle

I am so happy with my new violin, thank you!

I was very happy with the service and advice given by Philip Brown


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