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Handcrafted Instruments by Hector Lidgate

Priced at £5,000

VIOLA by Hector Lidgate - Instrument Ref: #114

  • New handcrafted Viola by Hector Lidgate, based on a G.P. Maggini pattern
  • English, 2015
  • Length 16 1/4” / 41.5cm : Upper Bouts 7 5/8″ / 19.5cm : Lower Bouts 9 5/8″ : Ribs 1 3/8″ / 3.5cm
  • Front of best quality alpine spruce with regular, narrow grain across the full width
  • Maple back with light figuring with matching ribs and neck/scroll
  • Ebony finger board, pegs and tailpiece with adjusters : Dominant strings
  • Traditionally oil varnished in a light chestnut colour
  • With excellent tonal qualities and ample power it will please players looking for a first rate viola

Priced at £5,000

VIOLA by Hector Lidgate - Instrument Ref: #114

  • New handcrafted Viola by Hector Lidgate, based on a G.P. Maggini pattern
  • English, 2015
  • Length 16 1/4” / 41.5cm : Upper Bouts 7 5/8″ / 19.5cm : Lower Bouts 9 5/8″ : Ribs 1 3/8″ / 3.5cm
  • Front of best quality alpine spruce with regular, narrow grain across the full width
  • Maple back with light figuring with matching ribs and neck/scroll
  • Ebony finger board, pegs and tailpiece with adjusters : Dominant strings
  • Traditionally oil varnished in a light chestnut colour
  • With excellent tonal qualities and ample power it will please players looking for a first rate viola

Priced at £3,500

VIOLIN by Hector Lidgate - Intrument Ref: #111

  • Full size Violin, hand crafted by Hector Lidgate, to a Strad pattern
  • English, made in 2011
  • 14” / 36cm
  • Maple back, attractively figured
  • Front of best quality Italian Spruce, very closely grained
  • Traditionally oil varnished in a light-chestnut colour
  • Ebony pegs & soundboard, Wittner tailpiece with fine-tune adjusters, fitted with Pirastro Evah Pirazzi  strings
  • Plays extremely well, it is one of the best that I have made – highly responsive, good projection, very colourful and delightful to listen to. Will only improve with time and the daily attention of a loving owner.

Priced at £2,950

New Handmade Violin by HJ Lidgate : Ref#113

  • Full size violin, handcrafted by HJ Lidgate to a Strad pattern
  • English, made in 2015
  • 14” / 36cm
  • Italian maple back, lightly & attractively figured, with nicely matching ribs
  • Front of best quality Italian Spruce, even grained
  • Traditionally oil varnished in a light-chestnut colour
  • Ebony pegs & fingerboard, Wittner tailpiece with fine-tune adjusters, fitted with Dominant strings
  • Good sound with early mellow tone, which will develop with regular use. Even, powerful, very playable
  • Excellent value and a super instrument for an advancing student or keen player 

Priced at £2,000

Violin by Hector Lidgate - Instrument Ref: #101

  • Full size Violin, made by Hector Lidgate to a Strad pattern
  • English, 1995
  • 14” / 36cm
  • Attractive Maple back, light and evenly figured
  • Front of Alpine Spruce with narrow grain in the centre, widening to the edges
  • A very distinctive violin, in that I varnished this instrument in a red-orange colour close to that of Stradivari’s Messiah, and used a wide purfling for the edges – individual and unique
  • Swiss-pattern ebony tuning pegs, ebony finger board and Wittner tailpiece with fine-tune adjusters, and Dominant strings
  • A responsive instrument and with a lovely tone

Restored & Reworked Instruments by Hector Lidgate

Priced at £5,000

CELLO, restored by Hector Lidgate - Instrument Ref: #306

  • Cello to a Stradivari small pattern
  • Of probably German origin, circa 1890, extensively restored by me in 2014/15
  • Length 30″ / 76.2cm : Upper Bout 13 1/2″ / 31.8cm : Lower Bout 17” / 43.2cm
  • Back and ribs are entirely original
  • Front of best quality Italian Alpine Spruce, shaped, graduated and tuned to match the back by HL
  • Neck and scroll are a faithful copy of the original, in good quality maple, made by HL
  • Finished by HL with a traditional orange-brown oil varnish to complete the restoration
  • New ebony tuning pegs and finger board
  • Fitted with Jargar strings and a Wittner Ultra-light tailpiece : modern light-weight spike 
  • If you are looking for a very good cello at a reasonable price, this might well be the one : definitely worth playing

Priced at £1,500

SOLD

VIOLIN, Restored - Instrument Ref : #270

  • Full size violin to a Strad pattern
  • French, c.1890
  • 14” / 36cm
  • One-piece back, attractively figured
  • Fitted with a modern tailpiece with adjusters, ebony tuning pegs and Dominant strings
  • Very clean condition and with no evidence of repair
  • I originally restored and sold this violin in 2004 and have recently welcomed it back from that customer after 12 years of contented playing
  • Plays beautifully – highly responsive with a lovely mellow tone, this violin will do whatever you want it to do

Priced at £1,500

SOLD

Restored Violin - Instrument Ref #320

  • Full size violin to a Strad pattern
  • Italian, 20th century
  • Length 14” / 36cm
  • Labelled, Paoli Luigi, Trieste
  • A beautifully made instrument in excellent, clean condition
  • Moderately figured back, with matching ribs and neck that all hang together nicely
  • Light chestnut coloured varnish in good condition despite evidence that it has been much played
  • One of my ‘tame’ professional players had a vigorous session with this instrument and declared “there’s nothing I can find that’s wrong with it !”. High praise.

Priced at £1,000                 Recently SOLD

VIOLIN, Restored - Instrument Ref: #295

  • Full size Violin, broadly to a Strad pattern
  • Probably of French origin, c.1900 – 1930
  • Approx 14″ / 35.9cm
  • Original varnish, with a few stories to tell
  • Back and ribs of maple with some figure : front of spruce with narrow grain in the centre, widening to the sides
  • All ebony fittings with a Wittner tailpiece with fine-adjusters
  • Quality fitted bridge and Dominant strings
  • Restored and reworked by me in 2015, to achieve significantly improved tone and projection
  • A good student violin that works well, attractively priced

Priced at £1,000

SOLD

VIOLIN, Restored - Instrument Ref: #310

  • Full size Violin
  • Made in France, c.1900
  • 14 1/4” / 36.5cm
  • Matching maple back & sides with modest figuring
  • Front of close-grained spruce
  • No evidence of damage or previous repairs, with edges unworn
  • Original mid-brown varnish is showing it’s age on the front : evenly figured through the back which is attractive and where the varnish is in good condition
  • New ebony pegs and fittings, Wittner tailpiece with fine-tune adjusters, and Dominant strings
  • The combination of higher than average arching and careful graduation of the plates, gives this violin a most attractive tone
  • Good student violin

Priced at £650

VIOLIN, restored - Instrument Ref: #287

  • Full size Violin, of Czech origin, to a Strad pattern
  • Early 20th century
  • 14” / 36cm
  • With original red-brown varnish, appropriately faded & distressed with age and usage
  • Fitted with a modern tailpiece with adjusters, ebony tuning pegs and Dominant strings
  • During restoration of this instrument I repaired cracks in the lower wings of the F-holes
  • Front and back plate thicknesses adjusted and satisfactorily tuned
  • Plays well, powerful and good value