Christmas and New Year opening hours

23rd December: Normal Opening hours 24th December: Closed 25th December: Closed 26th December: Closed 27th December: Closed 28th December: Closed 29th December: By Appointment 30th December: 9am – 5pm 31st December: 9-4pm 1st January: Closed 2nd January: Closed 3rd January: 9am-5pm (back to normal opening hours)

Pernambuco: Latest updates from CITES CoP19, 02.12.2022.

There has been considerable concern in the stringed instrument world concerning the trade in, and movement of, pernambuco/Brazilwood bows. This followed a proposal from the Brazilian government to move paubrasilia echinata (pernambuco/Brazilwood) from Appendix II to Appendix I on the CITES list (CoP19 Prop. 49), effectively stopping international trade of the wood in its unfinished … Read more

Stokie School

The Stoke School (yes there is one!) There hadn’t been much to write or shout about concerning violin making and dealing in North Staffordshire until we opened our shop in Stone 35 years ago. There were, however, two makers in the area in the early twentieth century; George Hancock of Stoke-on-Trent and F.L. Walton of Hanley. … Read more

Pernambuco (PAUBRASILIA ECHINATA ) Latest Situation

We are acutely aware of increased anxiety in the stringed instrument world concerning the status of pernambuco with regard to international travel. The latest situation is as follows. The CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA will be considering the following proposal at the Conference of the Parties, Panama City … Read more

Easter 2022 Opening Hours

Friday 15th: 9am – 5pm Saturday 16th: 9am – 4pm Sunday 17th: Closed Monday 18th: Closed Tuesday: Normal Hours

J.B. Vuillaume Employees – Paul Bailly

Paul Bailly was born in Mattaincourt and studied with Jules Gaillard before working in Brussels for Nicolas François Vuillaume, and in Paris for his brother J.B. Vuillaume. He travelled widely, working in various cities in France (Douai, Lille, Rheims), in England (Leeds, London) and America before he settled in Paris c.1898 opening a shop at … Read more

J.B. Vuillaume Employees – Télesphore Barbé (1822 –1892)

Télesphore was the son of François Jacques Barbé. His daughter, Emelie, by his third wife, Justine Grandjon, married the luthier Charles ‘Malakoff’ Brugère. Though Télesphore was born in Dijon both his parents – and his brother Dominique – were born, and died, in Mirecourt. He was a pupil of Honoré Derazey and subsequently worked for … Read more