John & Arthur Beares


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Our shop in London has its own workshop of high-skilled craftsmen, employed to restore and repair the wide range of instruments we have for sale or have already sold. Our luthiers are recruited from some of the top violin-making schools across the world, with knowledge acquired from years of experience transmitted from generation to generation in a culture of apprenticeship.

Beare’s restorers and luthiers are 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 Beare’s service to their customers, the workshop also maintains and repairs instruments that they have already sold, many of which are played in the world’s greatest concert halls.

The luthiers working in the workshop today have been repairing instruments and bows for many years: on average each one of them has worked at Beare’s for over 14 years. This makes for a collective working age of over 130 years but, in truth, the expertise has been accumulating since the workshop’s origins in 1892. With so much heritage and tradition to draw on, our luthiers pride themselves on passing on their knowledge from one generation to the next and spend a considerable amount of time imparting their expertise when welcoming new members. This way we carefully ensure that the experience from our past is carried through into the future.