• 50 unbroken years of trading

    Vernon Violins

    Vernon Violins has provided skilled and professional services to stringed instrumentalists throughout Manchester and Nationally. In 2017 we moved and relocated the core of the business to South Devon.

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Instruments

For over fifty years Vernon Violins has provided fine Violins, Violas, Cello and Bows to musicians and more recently discerning clients looking for alternative investments. Vernon Violins remain dedicated to finding instruments, specialising in the individual requirements of the musician matching instrument to player. We are constantly looking to buy instruments, especially fine English, French, German and of course Italian.

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Repair & Restoration

Repair & Restoration

For over 50 years, David E Vernon Violins has served our clients repair and restoration needs. We employ modern techniques alongside those developed over many decades to preserve instruments for current and future musicians.

Instruments

Instruments

Our stock of instruments range from excellent student instruments to fine professional and investment quality. We are able to find fine instruments to fit the needs of the individual musician.

Bow Rehair

Bow Rehair

Bow rehair and restoration form an integral part of my work. Rehair work is carried out to suit the busy schedule of the individual and can be done same day.

What our clients say...

Testimonials

RICHARD WALLACE

RICHARD WALLACE

/ VIOLIST ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

I entrusted my early 19th century English viola to Paul Parsons of Vernon Violins for extensive restoration and conversion. The work required included a neck graft, converting from the original transitional or Classical neck to the modern, plate re graduation, bass bar renewal, peg box bushing, set-up and voicing. The quality of the work has been exemplary in all respects, and throughout the process Paul kept me fully informed both verbally and through numerous photographs of the progress of the work. Paul was also assiduous in consulting me on the direction I wished the work to take. Great care was taken to optimise the sound that the instrument could produce, and in this regard the results have been remarkably good. The viola is probably sounding better than it has in its life.

GIOVANNI GUZZO

GIOVANNI GUZZO

PROFESSOR OF VIOLIN, VIOLINIST AND SOLOIST. / ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC LONDON

It is with great pleasure that I recommend D E Vernon Violins, and my personal friend, Mr. Paul Parsons. I have known Paul for a long time now and have always relied on his vast expertise and friendly advice on all matters regarding violins and its complicated universe. Paul has both the experience and the great sensitivity to really understand artists’ wishes, and is able to meet their every need, helping the player realise a stronger and deeper connection with their instrument.

Bob Riley

Bob Riley

C.E.O. / MANCHESTER CAMERATA, VIOLINIST & VIOLIST

Over the time I have known Paul I’ve bought and sold several bows and instruments. The thing I like most about dealing with Paul is he tells things exactly as he sees them, irrespective of what I wanted to hear or what others think. Always careful to put the other side of an argument and to take each instrument and case very seriously, it’s been fantastic to enjoy his knowledge, honesty and trust.

STEVEN WILKIE

STEVEN WILKIE

VIOLINIST, SOLOIST SENIOR TUTOR / ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC.

As a professional violinist and senior tutor at the RNCM, I always demand the highest standard and care in looking after the tools of the trade for myself and my students. I have always found this from Paul and Vernon violins. I have been a customer for nearly thirty years and Paul's work has always been outstanding in quality and precision. I am delighted to write this reference for him.

RHIAN ISSACSON

RHIAN ISSACSON

PROFESSIONAL CELLIST

After searching for a new cello for several years, it was Paul Parsons who finally found me exactly what I’d been looking for all the time and managed to tick every box on my search list! I first spoke to Paul when buying strings from his excellent strings express service; we got talking about cellos then, but it was not until a year later having practically given up hope of finding the right instrument, that I contacted him again. The whole experience of visiting him at his new premises in Devon was so relaxed and inspiring. He spent a lot of time with me and I really valued his comments, expertise and knowledge about instruments, strings and set up. I am thrilled with my beautiful cello and so pleased that I could make such a special decision in such special and lovely surroundings with Paul’s reassuring guidance.

Mr Edwin Paling

Mr Edwin Paling

Former Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. / Former Professor of Violin and Head of Strings, University of Tasmania.

Having Moved back to the UK from Australia fairly recently, I sought recommendations for an expert Luthier from several professional string players. It was Paul’s name that was at the forefront of these recommendations. I required some remedial work to be carried out on my precious violin, that I have had the privilege of playing for almost fifty years. I cannot speak highly enough of the work that Paul carried out. He is a craftsman of outstanding ability who understands exactly how stringed instruments should be set up ,to maximise their full potential. I am absolutely delighted with the work carried out on my violin. At the same time, I was seeking to purchase a viola and asked Paul for his assistance and advice in this regard. I found the information that I received to be extremely helpful and reassuring and have subsequently purchased a viola from Paul, with which I am highly delighted. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Paul Parsons as an expert repairer and restorer, and would also recommend anyone who is seeking to make an investment in a string instrument to seek his advice.

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    Restoration

    We have the pleasure of maintaining, repairing and restoring fine stringed instruments, sympathetically and with an eye to preservation for the future generations of musicians.

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