The first commercially made English violin since 1939.
In the 19th and early 20th Centuries, the French and Germans dominated commercial violin making, exporting thousands of violins to the UK. Companies including Boosey & Hawkes, JTL, Beare & Son alongside many others imported these instruments and sold them to retailers around the UK.
The Germans and Eastern Europeans continued making commercial instruments into the 1970s and several enterprises continue today. However, since the late 1980s it has been the Chinese who have dominated the commercial market, producing instruments for the mass market.
The Wessex Violin Co. is based in the West of England and hopes to recapture some of the market. They take pride in offering young musicians, going to University or Conservatoire and Professional players looking for a second instrument the opportunity to own a handmade modern interpretation of the English school of violin making. The instruments are made to the highest standards using Balkan maple and Bavarian spruce and are finished with a traditional chestnut-brown oil based varnish that recreates the look of Kennedy and Hill.