We were delighted to welcome Geneva cellist Gerard Le Clerc back to the UK for a workshop and recital in Hungerford last month. Please visit ArtsforHungerford for photos, video and review of the event.

Philip was recently guest speaker at Lutherie 2016 where he talked about the development of the bow and the workshop’s recreation of 24 Violons du Roi. He will be repeating his talk on The History of the Violin Bow at West Berkshire Museum in September.

Leicht BowsLeicht Bows

We are now stocking excellent quality bows made by Christian Leicht. Based in Treuen, Leicht is one of the best new generation of bow makers from Vogtland, East Germany, famous for its heritage of fine instrument making. Bows start from £800.

The Leicht Cello Bow is reminiscent of the early 19th Century German bows with graceful lines, dark pernambuco stick set off nicely with a solid silver face. This bow is ideal for players Grade 5 and over. It is easy to play, with excellent weight, response, dynamic range and balance. Weight: 81.7 gms


Instrument AlignmentI became interested in an instrument’s neck/body alignment when I had a violin played in tune in higher positions no matter how badly I played it! Of course that is an exaggeration but this violin really was easy to find your way around the fingerboard without making those micro finger adjustments you usually need to bring the thing into tune. This particular violin was made by Warren Bailey who used to work with me and he is the most accurate maker I’ve known. So this violin was the most perfectly aligned instrument I’d ever played.

Unfortunately not all instrument makers are so accurate and mis-alignment can be created in the construction process as well as in repairs. In fact more than half of the violins we see are mis-aligned due to a compromise that has been made somewhere resulting in the button (that the tailpiece attaches to near the chin rest) or the neck root being off centre…. (click here for rest of article)