- Spring/Summer  2014 -

May 18th - North West Guitar Show, Haydock Park
June 22nd - Scottish Guitar Show, Shawlands Park Hotel, Ayr Road, Lanarkshire
Other events to be confirmed

Views and Articles

Find out more about some of our most popular instruments on our views and articles page.  Here you will find views, reviews and articles featuring some of our fantastic instruments.

New Combination Pickup and Microphone Systems for Banjos and Resonators

Designed for all 4, 5, and 6 string banjos and Dobro Style Spider bridge resonator guitars. Now in the UK, the latest pickup and microphone combination systems from Canadian Acoustic specialists, Schatten Design. By combining an interior mounted powered condenser mic with the proven Schatten Design sensors and belt-clip preamp system, the new ‘M’ series systems open up the true sound of the instrument, allowing for a more natural tonality, delivering a much fuller and rounded result with excellent feedback control and the unparalleled sound quality for which Schatten Design products are known around the world.

Schatten Design is Canada’s leading manufacturer of pickups for acoustic instruments. Schatten Design offer a wide range of pickups including products specially designed for steel and nylon strung guitars, resonators, Selmer Maccaferri guitars, archtops, banjos, bouzoukis, mandolins, mandolas, ukeleles, harps, autoharps, dulcimers, violins, violas, cellos and basses. In fact, Schatten probably have a pickup solution for almost any acoustic instrument in the market today. (find out more)

Visit Us at the London Acoustic Guitar Show 2014

At the London Acoustic Guitar Show, Olympia September 13-14th, we will be presenting The Connoisseur Collection, a range of unique, beautiful European luthier-made Classical, Flamenco, Gypsy and Acoustic guitars. In addition, new for 2014, we will have the combined pickup and microphone systems for banjo and resonators from Schatten Design along with the existing Schatten Design range of fantastic pickup systems for acoustic instruments. Not to be ‘left’ out, for all you guitarists of the ‘sinister’ persuasion, we will be showing the Southpaw Central range of left-handed guitars. Come visit us on Stand C5. We look forward to seeing you there.



Selecting the Best from the Craftsmen of Europe

The Dupont range of guitars, basses, amplifiers and pickups have proven to be popular despite the current recession proving that quality will always count.  The Auditorium flat tops and the B4E acoustic bass have both received excellent reviews in Guitarist and Bass Guitar magazine respectively.

The Be-Bop Jazz Archtop (pictured right) was reviewed in Guitar and Bass Magazine.  Whilst that particular guitar is no longer with us we have a Be-Bop together its sister model, the Belleville, available to view at The Old Dairy or at the Guitar Shows listed in our Diary and Events.

The unique, collapsible, Volante bass again from the Dupont studios is continuing to create a stir. This fantastic double bass, built with the touring musician in mind: can be seen on tour with The Jools Holland Orchestra and Mario Carrillo respectively. The bass combines excellent playability and a great sound with the peace of mind provided by the instrument’s golf bag sized flight case. The 5-string and left handed versions have proven particularly popular.

The French made Volante bass now sits in the Old Dairy showroom alongside its more traditional double bass cousins and the rest of the Kremona bowed instrument range in the Sandarac portfolio. Handcrafted in the Orpheus Valley these traditionally made violins, violas, cellos and basses continue to represent excellent value for money for improvers and professionals alike.