By the time I went to Cardiff Violins I’d already been looking for a new violin for nearly six months with no luck. A couple of friends recommended that I try Cardiff saying that they were sure I’d be able to find something. Chris, Cecile and the rest of their team were all incredibly friendly and absolutely fantastic. Choosing the right instrument takes a long time but I never felt pressured to hurry the process. I’d come so close to finding the right instrument on several occasions but there was always something that wasn’t quite right and I was delighted that that wasn’t the case at Cardiff. I found an absolutely beautiful 1780 Viennese violin that I just fell in love with straight away – it just felt like the right instrument. I simply couldn’t believe that it hadn’t been bought before. Chris and Cecile were fantastic after I had bought it as well, checking to make sure that I was still happy and hadn’t had any problems. Since I bought it, I’ve used it for operas, recording sessions, solo recitals, auditions and everyday orchestral playing and I couldn’t be happier. I’m incredibly grateful to both Chris, Cecile and all of the team at Cardiff Violins – I couldn’t imagine playing on any other instrument now!