At Beares in London we have our own workshop of highly-skilled craftsmen, internationally recognised for their expertise in restoring fine old violins, violas, cellos and bows (generally in preparation for sale). They also produce a limited number of exceptional new instruments, either to their own design or modelled on the work of the great Italian violin makers.
As part of Beares’ service to our customers, our workshop also maintains and repairs instruments that we have sold, many of which are played in the world’s greatest concert halls.
With a total of more than 230 years’ experience in the Beares workshop, our restorers and luthiers are highly respected around the world; several of them belong to EILA (Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers), established in 1950 with William Beare as one of its founding members. Regular contributors to books and publications on themes such as restoration techniques and British violin makers, our expert craftsmen also act as examiners for the Newark School of Violin Making and are sought-after judges for violin and bow-making competitions. They also pass on their knowledge through violin and bow restoration courses, in the USA at Oberlin College and in the UK at West Dean College, where Beares sponsors the course through providing the teaching services of its experts.
Beares’ craftsmen have also trained restorers from around the world, thus helping to raise international standards of instrument care and restoration.