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In a digital age where electric music is all around the reasons why violin sales and number of new players are still high are thought to be due to a special mix of factors.

Some of the main reasons for the violin’s enduring popularity are thought to be the balance of a compact, robust form with the ability to produce delicate sounds that fit in with a variety of musical styles and genres, plus the lack of a need for additional equipment such as amplifiers to play it.

One other important factor is thought to be that the introduction to the violin for many UK learners is also something that occurs at school where the facilities, context, available tuition and motivational forces from parents and the school are in place.

Gary Bridgewood of London luthier and fine instruments dealer Bridgewood and Neitzert said “The violin has a place in so many different types of music today – it is actually a very current instrument. Yes we sell, repair and restore many fine violins that are hundreds of years old but when you hear the tone of them you can begin to understand why the sound of the violin is so timeless and why so many people take up and continue playing this instrument”,

Another reason for the violin’s popularity is that it is relatively inexpensive to start playing and that violins tend to need little upkeep.

“It’s true that new players needn’t spend a lot of money to get a good starter instrument, but it’s also important that they get the instrument that’s just right for them. The right advice, information and help at this stage can make all the difference and that’s what we try to provide as well as a quality instrument” said Gary.

The headline grabbing multi million pounds paid at auction for rare violins by Antonio Stradivari or Giuseppe Guarneri illustrates not just the incredible value that is attached to their collectability, history and unique sound and tone but also their enduring popularity as a solid investment.

Bridgewood and Neitzert are dealers in fine stringed instruments including violins, violas, cellos and baroque instruments. Details of the fine violins for sale can be seen at

All fine instruments for sale by Bridgewood and Neitzert have a rigorous examination before they are considered ready for sale and any repairs or restorations required are professionally attended to by skilled luthiers in the Bridgewood and Neitzert workshop.

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