The Insider's Guide to Buying a String Instrument (10th October 2020)

Sean Bishop

Nicolo Gagliano

Daunted by buying a stringed instrument? Don't know where to start? Was Stradivari a genius? What is the difference between a Stradivari and Guarneri and how to tell what model your violin is? Old versus new? How to select a violin?

So many unknowns, but don't worry, this class will help you develop the confidence to make a good purchase.

We are delighted to welcome Sean, director of Bishop instruments & bows, one of Europe's premier instrument shops, to discuss the following topics:

1. Basic history: who made the first violin?

2. From Maggini to today's makers

3. Stradivari: was he a genius?

4. Guarneri family: was Del Gesu that good?

5. How to tell the difference between these makers

6. Easy tips to tell how good a violin/viola/cello is

7. What to look for in a new violin

8. Old v new makers, what is best?

9. Undervalued makers

10. Q&A


Sat 17. October 2020, 7:00–7:45 Recorded Class

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Price: €20.00

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