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Rod Ward Violins, Violas and Cellos

Traditionally made instruments.

Rod Ward Violins, Violas and Cellos I have been a professional luthier since 1976. My traditionally crafted instruments are made from the finest materials and owned by professional players, students and amateurs alike. My aim is to produce instruments in the style and finish of the old masters, and which possess their own similar vitality and tone to make them classics in their own right in years to come. Rod Ward violins, violas and cellos are constructed from carefully selected old materials, occasionally using native woods such as pear and willow, as well as the more traditional maple for back, ribs and scroll. A wide selection of wood is always available for commissioned work, from his ever growing stock of fine timber. The instruments are finished with a particularly beautiful oil varnish made according to 16th Century recipes, and very similar in composition to the old Italian varnishes. This varnish has great suppleness and visual depth, and is coloured with genuine madder pigments made in the workshop. The sound produced by Rod Ward instruments combines warmth and depth with projection and evenness. It is always responsive to the player, and it continues to develop and improve for many years. Smaller instruments for younger players I believe that younger players benefit from learning to play on well constructed quality instruments that have a superb sound. I make a range of smaller instruments for younger players that can be traded in against a new, larger instrument as the player grows. These are of the same high quality as all other Rod Ward instruments. Commissions and Instruments for sale. Please contact the workshop for commission times. A selection of Rod Ward instruments are normally for sale in the workshop. Student bursaries are available upon teachers recommendation. I welcome visits to the workshop by appointment.

Contact Information

Address: 11 Silver St
Guilden Morden
Telephone: +44 (0) 1763 852377
Email: r449ward@btinternet.com
Website: http://www.wardviolins.com