Oxford Violins was established in 1983 by Michael Kearns, Mark Yakoushkin and Bruno Guastalla in the City of Oxford, renowned for its musical life.
The way we work reflects our curiosity towards the great instruments of the 17thC and 18thC luthiers.
We buy and sell old instruments and bows, and carry out expert appraisals and insurance valuations.
As restorers we endeavour to be as unintrusive as possible, respectful of the intent of the maker, and we take an active interest in the development of restoration techniques which support these aims. Our wider interest in the visual arts keeps us aware of the subtle variety of materials, shapes, textures and colours found in fine musical instruments.
Constant contact with musicians ensures that we endeavour to bring out the individual tonal qualities of each instrument to their fullest.
We promote two musical instrument insurance companies: Allianz and Lark Insurance . (click on links to access quotes)
Over the years, we have sold a number of high quality Italian instruments: examples by JB Guadagnini, F. Ruggieri, Gagliano, Gobetti, Grancino, P. Guarneri, Testore, Landolfi, Eberle, Ventapane, Joseph Guarneri filius Andrea etc…
Also early English instruments, especially cellos. These have included examples by: Banks, Betts, Craske, Duke, Furber, Dodd, Harris, Withers, Forster, Jay, Kennedy, Lockey Hill, Joseph Hill, Morrison, Gilkes, Fendt etc…
Do contact us if you have specific requests.