Violin by Robert Furze, Newark, 2012

Violin by Robert Furze, Newark, 2012

About Robert Furze

Rob is a brilliant Edinburgh-based luthier who trained at the Newark School of Violin Making. He then worked for Michael Byrd and John Dilworth, as well as in the workshop of J.P. Guivier, before setting up his own workshop in Edinburgh in 2017.

Rob is kept very busy with the restoration of fine antique violins but we are always delighted when he has time to make a new instrument! As an excellent violist himself, Rob has a great ear for sound and his instruments are extremely popular.

About the violin

This violin was made in Newark in 2012 and is modelled after the instruments of Stradivari. It is labelled 'The Test' as the violin was Rob's graduation piece!

The violin has a one piece back of relatively plain maple with ribs and scroll to match. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce and the varnish is an unshaded golden-amber.

The violin has a length of back of 357 mm.

How does it sound?

This is a hugely successful violin! Each note is perfectly centred, giving it superb clarity and projection. It works with the same ease and resonance as a bell, albeit with far more scope for tonal variation.


The violin is in excellent condition.

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