About Us

   Francois Bignon, Native of France, has worked over 30 years in Birmingham in violin restoration and repair work, and bow rehairing. François also specializes in making his own instrument models adapted from the classical European background. His source of inspiration is influenced by the charm and detail of lesser known makers from 1850-1900. Instrument orders are a process of discussion and exploration with his customers, enabling musicians to contribute their individual ideas and requirements. François enjoys playing the double bass.

   David Bruce Johnson   Left his native Canada in 1978 with a background in craft, music and arts to further his instrument making career. He studied for three years study in Musical Instrument Technology in London in both fretted and bowed stringed instruments. David gained 5 years employment in the violin trade in Beaconsfield and Birmingham before setting up workshop of his own in 1986. After 5 years research and development, the success story of world-renowned Violectra electric violins, violas and cellos began in 1992 and designer and maker David has sold over 215 orders worldwide to date.

After a diverse musical background in piano, brass, wind instruments, David focused upon stringed instruments. David plays various styles of music from traditional to contemporary,  composition & improvisation on  violin, electric violin, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer & recently studying cello, sitar and Hardanger violin ( with sympathetic strings).

 Mike O'Neill  Native to Birmingham, Mike has an endless resource of knowledge and skills in music technology and computer engineering. He works along with François and Dave in the shop reception, sales, and admin. Mike is a seasoned band musician, playing bass guitar and mandolin, and has taken to making the occasional electric mandolin and guitar. He is recently learning violin at Moseley Violins.

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