Monthly Archives: June 2016

The King of Cellos?

Our ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ instrument is the magnificent “King” cello.

30 - Amati CelloMade in the mid-16th century by Andrea Amati this stunning cello was one of 38 instruments made for King Charles IX of France. The instrument is painted in the style of Limoges porcelain, and like all instruments belonging to the royal court, it carries the fleur-de-lys emblem of the French royal household.

Sadly, despite this being one of 38 commissioned at the time, together with the many others produced during his lifetime, this remains one of only a few remaining Amati instruments. For those wanting to view it in all its glory it is usually on display in the National Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota.

Our cello is a long way from this hand painted masterpiece but has been lovingly hand crafted in the traditional Cremonese way and is modelled on the Ruggieri-type. Click here for more details.


Savings for US Customers

29 - lower dollar priceWith the pound falling against the US Dollar our #WednesdayWisdom for today is directed towards our friends across the pond.

A weak pound means it is a great time to purchase one of our in-stock instruments as you’ll be saving around 12%.  So, if you’ve been hankering after a quality, traditionally hand-crafted, European instrument we suggest you place your order sooner rather than later; who knows how long it will be before Sterling will recover and the savings disappear.

The Old Dairy is Closed – 28/6/16

ClosedApologies one and all.

We’ve now been informed that the power outage we’re experiencing down at The Old Dairy is expected to last for the rest of the day.

We will deal with any and all e-mails, phone messages, and orders on our return tomorrow.  Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.