Your local violin specialist

An introduction to the violin trade with Peter Voigt, you can drop into see Peter at his High Street shop.  When: 17th September, 11.00-11.30am or 11.30am – 12.00pm.  Tickets will be available from 1st August 2016.  Only 12 places at each session. It will be important to reserve your place!

The art of violin restoration is alive and well, and Peter Voigt, who’s living proof that many a good tune is played on an old fiddle.

Although not exactly an endangered species, violin makers more correctly known as luthiers tend to work in out-of-town locations or even from home, but Peter Voigt Ltd is one of the town’s most thriving businesses.

One draw is his international reputation. He’s the ninth generation of his family to work as a luthier, his ancestors having set up in a well-known violin-making region of south-east Germany in 1699. Yet business is booming for a darker reason: the stock of older instruments in Europe is declining, a matter of growing anxiety to the trade. As a result, Mr Voigt and his peers are busily keeping the violins and cellos that do remain in operational order.

Handmade instruments by top contemporary makers sell for upwards of £25,000, but a beginner will usually start on a hand-me-down or a shiny new factory-made instrument. ‘Ironically, the Far East is buying the antiques and sending us its mass-produced violins by return,’ says Mr Voigt.


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