The Booths Music Workshop

Over 180 years and throughout a number of family generations, Booths Music has attended to countless string repairs. Makers and repairers within this period include co-founder (and my great great great grandfather) Thomas Booth and from my own memory, my grandfather Fred Standring to whom I owe all initial interest and basic skills associated with musical instrument repairs.

This area of the workshop has always fascinated me. The feel, the unquestionable skill thats comes with the making of an orchestral string instrument. The pureness of sound and tone that’s created by bringing together quality tonewoods through sheer dexterity and patience is so apparent, it can’t help but lift any player’s excitement and skill.

Then & Now

Old Workroom

Circa 1960

Workshop recent

Recent image of the workshop

From time to time we are lucky enough to be offered rare and uncompromised instruments that we feel warrant an extra touch; an attention that would bring out a truly personalised and distinctive character to an already beautiful instrument.

These instruments are distinctively branded, individually numbered, complete with their own certificate and labelled with pride, William Davy.

I would personal like to invite anyone to enquire over any requirement they may have to see if we can be of help.

Popular workshop activities


A distinct and immediate way in improving the tone to any student violin or cello is to fit a quality set of strings this can be achieved including fitting from as little as £30.00


An extremely annoying circumstance to ill-fitting pegs is slipping tuning, either pegs that are hard to turn or too loose and tuning problems occur. Precise fitting will undoubtedly help; maybe even an upgrade to higher quality pegs may be necessary, but the problem can be solved. A relatively new innovation to tuning problems is the increasingly popular fitting of geared pegs. I see a few people wincing, but fitted correctly this innovation works absolutely superbly and many we have fitted have been a revelation to players.

Violin Bridges in the Workshop 


A badly adjusted or incorrectly fitted soundpost can dramatically reduce the quality of tone that a string instrument produces. This of course in addition to the potential damage as a result of downward pressure from the bridge on an unsupported belly. This can be solved by correctly positioning the soundpost, even replacing the soundpost for grade A dowel.


Apart from replacing the strings on a violin or cello to improve the sound, the next step to a sharper tone and overall better playability is bridge profiling or indeed replacement. A grade A maple or figured maple bridge will bring out your violin or cello’s optimum potential.

For any other upgrades including the tailpiece, endpin, tailgut, chinrest or adjusters, I will be happy to discuss the many alternatives and prices. 


Violin Pegs

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