About String Instrument Repairs

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String Instrument Repairs is run by Geoffrey Briggs, a professionally trained Luthier with more than thirty years experience in the repair and restoration of stringed instruments.
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After building my first violin via a local Instrument Making adult education course I was accepted onto the three year full time Musical Instrument Technology course (Dip. strings) at the Huddersfield College  of Music which I successfully completed in 1987 leaving with distinctions and the college award for "outstanding work". The course specialized in the construction, repair, restoration and set-up of all stringed instruments including violins, cellos, double bass, guitar and mandolin together with a range of ethnic, folk and early instruments such as viols and lute's, etc. 
Following completion of the full time course I returned to the local evening class where I assisted and helped students develop their individual projects. 
During this period I set up my own workshop in Sheffield and my business was established in 1989. Since that time I have carried out work for private individuals, groups, orchestras, music retailers and local authorities in the Yorkshire area and beyond. 
I have developed and continue to run a very busy workshop which specializes in the repair and restoration of all stringed instruments. I have established a reputation for quality work and excellence and provide this at a fair and competitive price. 
.....My aim is to ensure that every instrument that I work on is restored and set-up to a standard so as to reach it's highest potential, whether it is a childs' "starter" violin or a two hundred year old "master" instrument, all receive the same amount of care and dilligence.  
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"Geoff transformed my son's badly neglected old violin through his superb craftsmanship and restorative skills into a really desirable instrument. The work was completed within the promised timescale and the very reasonable quote was similarly accurate. To visit him in his incredible workshop is a revelation; thank goodness such expertise continues to exist. And he is such a friendly and helpful gentleman, too."

"Quick response to setting up my 3/4 size double bass. All done and dusted in a couple of hours. The upright now plays and sounds great. I cant recommend this service enough. Everything is explained clearly and a quote is given before any work is started. All done at a high standard and good price. Excellent service and workmanship with friendly advice and ongoing support.... :-)"

"I am very pleased with the work of String Instrument Repairs. The service was excellent, friendly, reliable, trustworthy and had a very high standard.
I took a derelict violin and it returned in a brilliant and working condition. It is clear that a lot of effort and hard work was put into restoring it as it came back completely refurbished. The work was done to a very high professional standard and I am extremely happy with the outcome.
I would certainly recommend String Instrument Repairs to any other string users both.
Finally, String Instrument Repairs gets a 5 star rating from me."

"What a joy it is to find someone who can be trusted to complete a job on time, to an excellent standard and for a reasonable price. Mr Briggs is a meticulous craftsman, with a superb eye for detail, who has given my battered and neglected violin and bow a new lease of life. So resonant is the sound and lustrous the appearance of my rejuvenated instrument that I have even started practising scales again! A gem of a business, run by a lovely gentleman."


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