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Newsletter 2018


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Bespoke handmade electric violins made and designed by David Bruce Johnson




Modern Making: An Instrument Maker Profile: Kevin Basle

We are very excited to have a new violin made by our member of staff, Kevin Basle, which is a copy of Stradivari's famous Hellier model (The original resides the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford). The violin  follows the original style of the master, with mother of pearl inlays between double purfling, and engraved rib and peg-box decoration that is filled with black mastic. It is beautifully varnished in a deep red/brown high gloss oil varnish.

It has been made meticulously over the past 11 months, and labelled "Fait Main, K. S. Basle, Luthier a Birmingham, 2017" , and is now available for trial in our shop.                          £5,200.00




 Double Bass players wanted!

We still have an unique opportunity to offer tuition at our shop by a professional double bass player,

Sebastiano Dessanay, who teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Please contact the shop on 0121 693 1214, if you or you have someone in the family who wants to learn the double bass;

 or if you're interested to come along to a demonstration day in May this year. 





Awards for Young Musicians 

This is a national Award Scheme to financially assist exceptional young musicians between the ages of 5 and 17 years old and also support music teachers in identifying and supporting young talent.

Find out more at Awards For Young Musicians



We have commissioned an oil painting by local artist,

Gareth Austin.

We are very excited with the result, which is on display in our shop window.

The image is also available as a greeting card

(blank for any occasion).

They are A5 size, come with envelope and are cellophane wrapped to keep them clean. They cost £2.50 each or 5 cards for £10. Prices with packing and postage costs  are below:


No of cards

Weight with padded envelope

Cost of p & p £

















PREMIER SELECT: "Quality Beyond Price” 

We are continuing to develop our own brand of instruments at Moseley Violins.

We have a range of suppliers who regularly visit us with limited series quality new instruments for us to select. We hand-pick the best they have to offer based on sound and quality of making.  We then set them up in our workshop to play to their best . Each instrument, therefore, is individual and bears our own label as a statement of our belief that the quality of the instrument provides excellent value for money. The instruments compare favourably in sound with antique instruments at the same price.


Premier Select The Sound Post Violin  Premier Select Hidersine Violin made of European Woods Premier Select Eastman 16" Viola Premier Select MMX Cello


We have given some thought to a stepped commission rates related to instrument or bow values. There is also a discount available if all recommended setting up, repairs or restorations are paid in advance of selling in the shop. Please ask us to see our full commission sale policy .


Moseley Violins is pleased to offer to sell, on behalf of our customers, instruments,

bows and accessories, with or without cases at a commission of:


Commission Rates for

(please note we are required to charge VAT on our fee)


Commission Rate if repair charges outstanding - plus VAT Commission Rate if no repair charges outstanding  - plus VAT
Sale Price of over £500 to £5,000 25% 20%
Sale Price of over £5,000 to £7,500 20% 17.5%
Sale Price of over £7,500 to £10,000 17.5% 15%
For commission fees for instruments selling at over &pound10,000

and for other terms and conditions please contact us.




HOW TO MEASURE INSTRUMENT SIZES & PROPORTIONS: follow our guides for Instrument Specifications Chart:



Typical dimensions for a 4/4 Violin

String Length : 328mm

Length of Back: 356mm

Body Stop 195mm

Neck Stop : 130mm



 Mike O'Neill, Francois Bignon, Kevin Basle, Pam Dixon & David Bruce Johnson

Free parking in Tudor Road, and at the side of premises

Opening Hours: Monday -Saturday  9:30am- 5:30pm



2a Tudor Rd., Moseley Birmingham B13 8HA

Telephone : 0121 693 1214

Email: info@moseleyviolins.co.uk


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