I trained at the Newark School of Violin Making from 1974 to 1977. After graduating I spent the following 5 years working as a repairer and restorer at Edward Withers Ltd, London. Subsequently I worked for many years for dealers and musicians before opening my shop in Egham in 2004 where I can offer a full range of services and products including the full range from The String Zone.


With over 40 years experience in all aspects of the violin trade I can meet the needs of string players of all standards. Clients range from students and teachers to members of many of the top national orchestras including The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, LSO, London Mozart Players, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Please call for information on repair costs, time frames etc.

Regrettably due to workload I am unable to undertake repairs for the foreseeable future.


We stock instruments and bows for all abilities including good value instruments for beginners. For the progressing player we have a wide range of individual instruments and bows to suit most budgets, including a good selection of the French and German and British schools of the late 19th and early 20th century. Please enquire directly for further details. Instruments and bows can be tried in our practice room and for a further period on approval. Please call in advance if you are visiting to see instruments or bows.

Strings and Accessories

The full range of products on our online store The String Zone is available to personal callers.


We are located in the small town of Egham, Surrey close to historic Runnymede, Windsor and the River Thames and adjacent to Jct 13 of the M25 motorway which is midway between the M3 and M4 interchanges. The M40 interchange is 15 minutes from the shop as is Heathrow Airport. Egham mainline station is a 5 minute walk with trains to London Waterloo taking 40 minutes. Change at Richmond for the London Underground.

Parking is available in Egham Library opposite the shop.

Opening Hours

10.30am to 5pm by appointment
10.30am to 5pm by appointment
10.30am to 5pm by appointment

Please call 01784 470 775 to schedule an appointment to visit us.