A Question of Origin

A Question of Origin

How does one determine the nationality of an instrument? Should it be the origin of the maker, the style/construction method, or where the instrument was actually made? Of course the question all too often is ‘can we call this Italian?’.

In the case of this 1849 Charles Boullangier violin, however, the answer is somewhat complex... 

Scotland Here We Come!

We will be at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the 29th October with a huge range of our carefully-chosen instruments, including a new selection of fine student instruments. All instruments and bows will be available for a free two week trial period, after which we will be back in Glasgow to collect any instruments that aren’t quite right. We’re really excited about getting to know a whole new group of musicians; please do visit us if you can!

Pictures of Joseph Hill now up

This violin was made in London by Joseph Hill, the first recorded violin maker of the famous Hill dynasty. Joseph was the great-grandfather of William Ebsworth Hill, who started the firm W. E. Hill and Sons. As far as we know, Joseph Hill was an honest and hard working violin maker, unlike his youngest son, Lockey Hill who was hanged for stealing horses! He made violins in between bouts of thievery...