Tim started in the violin business over 45 years ago. He is now an internationally established leading and trusted authority on stringed instruments and their bows.
“Sound is paramount for a player but it is also vital that they can be confident in the provenance, condition and value of an instrument. This is of particular importance in the case of high-value instruments which also become an investment for the owner.” Tim Toft
Tim’s son, Matthew, began in the business over a decade ago and like Tim, he grew up surrounded by violins. He attends many of the major instrument auctions, both in the U.K. and internationally, with the aim of improving his knowledge and expertise.
“I have a particular interest in English bows and am realising that the more I know the more there is to know.” Matthew Toft
Matthew has redeveloped the www.hillbows.com website, a free source of information on bows from the firm of W.E. Hill & Sons.
W. E. Hill & Sons Violin Makers 1880 – 1936
Our three-storey violin shop, which dates from 1820, offers customers fitting surroundings in which to view and try out instruments of all eras.
Tim started the company in 1990. The shop is now managed by Tim’s son Matthew and is located in the market town of Stone, Staffordshire. Our three-storey building, which dates from 1820, offers customers fitting surroundings in which to view and try out instruments spanning the baroque, classical and modern periods
With four specialist trying rooms and one of the largest selections of instruments within the U.K. Our instruments range from our beginner instruments to older historic instruments for soloist and investment purposes.
Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 4pm (appointments recommended)
Other times by appointment (book an appointment)
Meet our team
- Tim Toft – Director
- Jeongwoon Choi – Workshop Manager, Tonal adjustment specialist. Graduate of the Mittenwald School of violin making 2011
- Svavar Garri Kristjansson – Restorer of instruments and bows. Graduate of The Newark School of Violin Making 2016
- Sophie Wohlleber – Restorer of instruments and bows. Graduate of The Newark School of Violin Making 2021
- Matthew Toft – Shop Manager, head of U.K sales
- Oliver Toft – Sales & Marketing
Virtual Shop Tour
Get in touch
If you are interested in any of the instruments we have listed then please get in touch. We can arrange for you to come into our shop and try a range of instruments you may be interested in.
If you have any other queries regarding our services then do not hesitate to contact us using the contact form or details below.
Tel: +44 (0)1785 811860
Address: 7/9 Station Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8JP, UK