Violas have absorbed a lot of my time in recent years.  I've been lucky to have had commissions for a wide range of sizes, which has helped me to think deeply about all the problems involved in making violas which are both comfortable for the player and which sound outstanding.   This work has included the development of my own model of small violas for children and petite adults, in sizes from 13 1/4 inch to 15 inches.  

Recognition for this work has come from sales to players at all the major UK music colleges, specialist music schools and many orchestral and chamber music players.

Many of my violas are made to commission, as I find that this is the best way of producing a viola which is optimal for the player both in sound and in feel.  It can be particularly helpful to customise neck shape and size and string spacing to the individual.  I also sometimes have violas available from stock.

As a recognised authority on violas, I was invited to give a talk about making violas at the Lutherie 2006 annual conference held at the Newark School of Violinmaking, and subsequently at the 2008 British Violin Making Association annual conference.    I’ve also written a number of articles about aspects of making violas for the Strad.  You can download these from the Talks and Articles section of this website.

“I'm having a great time with the viola, I'm starting to get the sound that I want out of it, and it is beautiful. It feels very smooth to play and is really ringing.  I played the instrument for the first time in the orchestra today.  I think it really suits the sound of the RSNO viola section. The instrument makes it very easy to blend in with this sound. A couple of my colleagues had a play and liked it too. Many people have commented on the lovely back.”  Member of  Royal Scottish National Orchestra

It´s a perfect instrument for Bach. It´s just wonderful to play his suites and partitas on this viola. Clear and open sound, and easy to play on.  I have fallen in love with this viola. It is a perfect instrument for me.” Member of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway

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