Welcome to Lidgate Violins

Hector Lidgate

Handcrafted Instruments

Restored & Re-worked Instruments

Beginners & Students Outfits

Welcome to Lidgate Violins


Due to concern over the continued risk of Covid-19 transmission, I have taken the difficult decision to suspend trading whilst ongoing restrictions are in force.

Consequently I will not be undertaking instrument sales or repairs until I feel that it is safe for all and appropriate to do, at which point I will update again here on the website.

I do hope you will understand, and I look forward to receiving customers again once the situation has improved, hopefully later in 2021.

I am Hector Lidgate. I have been making, restoring and repairing violin family instruments for over twenty years, working from my home workshop in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

My purpose is to provide violinĀ­ family instruments that are a pleasure to play and a joy to hear

  • student instruments that are optimally set-up, and come complete with case and bow
  • restored instruments that have been carefully reworked so that they play well, and offer fantastic performance for their price
  • beautifully handcrafted violins, violas and cellos that will be enjoyed and appreciated by professional players and passionate amateurs, for life

All of the instruments that I supply are competitively priced and offer exceptional value compared to those you will find with high street retailers and traders.

If you are seeking your next instrument then you need to play many to find the right one for you. I would be delighted if you would try some of mine. Come and see me and bring your bow.