Colin Adamson - Violin Maker


Colin’s work is influenced by the classical period of violin making. He worked on and studied many fine instruments while working in Finland and Germany. He makes ‘copy’ instruments and his ‘new’ instruments to order. Many of these are to be found in the hands of professional musicians and students from around the world.

Examples of my Work

Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin period

Most wonderful violin to copy from the masters Turin period! Most magical one off slab back setting off the look…Read More

  • Lovely big sound ( Chloe Dickens – instrument sounds )
  • Full of character
  • Rich Sound
  • Oil varnish with antiquing to match

Maggini Viola

Brescia viola based on Maggini, Early viola , one piece slab maple back with ribs to match , Italian spruce…Read More

  • Size 16 1/4 inches
  • Big full arching with double purfling
  • Oil varnish with antiquing to match the model !
  • Specifications
  • Full of character
  • Big full viola sound
  • Easy to play under hand
  • sRich varnish

Golden period Stradivari based on 1715 Joachim violin

Golden period Stradivari based on 1715 Joachim violin.  Strong appearance, style and pattern wider across the middle bout.  A bolder…Read More

  • Strong appearance
  • wider across middle bout
  • Strong Tone
  • Rich Vibrato
  • Rich Sound

Matteo Goffriller Cello

Matteo Goffriller Cello – Venice 1692

Matteo Goffriller (1659–1742) was a Venetian luthier, particularly noted for the quality of his cellos. Goffriller was the founder of…Read More

  • Big booming C string
  • Even tone
  • Strident A string

Antonio Stradivari Cello

Antonio Stradivari Cello – The Gore Booth 1710

Around 1707, Stradivari’s developments in his cello form reached a point that nowadays is considered the absolute ideal. His model…Read More

  • Golden period Stradivarius
  • Ideal proportions
  • A delight to play

Conte Vitale Viola, Andrea Guarneri 1676

This viola is loosely based on the Conte Vitale Viola, Andrea Guarneri 1676. I have redesigned the top and bottom…Read More

  • 400mm/15 1/2 inches
  • Warm, bright powerful tone
  • Ideal size

Giovanni paolo Maggini Viola

Giovanni paolo Maggini Viola – Brescia, Italy

Maggini’s violas are considered his most original and still unsurpassed achievement. Brescian violas are perhaps more desired than any others…Read More

  • Unique f holes
  • Warm sound
  • enough power for orchestra or quartet

Guarneri Del Gesu – The Lord Wilton 1742

The Lord Wilton 1742 The “Lord Wilton 1742” Guarneri del Gesù was originally made in Cremona, Italy in 1742. This…Read More

  • Mischevious sound
  • Tremendous carrying power
  • Superb instrument


Kreisler 1730 violin

Guarneri Del Gesu – The Kreisler 1730

The Kreisler 1730 model violin is a copy of Guarneri del Gesu’s master piece, the “Kreisler”, ca. 1730, which was…Read More

  • Vibrant sound
  • Petite
  • Early Guarneri instrument


antonio stradivari violin 1715

Antonio Stradivari Violin 1715 (ex Joachim)

Antonio Stradivari (1644 – 18 December 1737) was an Italian luthier and a crafter of string instruments such as violins,…Read More

  • Golden period Stradivarius
  • Renound for it’s carry power
  • Rich in colour
  • Wonderful bright E string