Michael buys, restores, and sells a small number of selected, beautiful violins each year, suitable for the discerning player.
Currently there are two antique violins for sale, as well as a reasonably-priced range of student instruments.
This beautifully figured violin was made on the Contintent in the 19th Century.
It has been completely restored by Michael and has a new bridge, a new chin rest, and a new set of strings.
The instrument is in superb condition with original pegs and undamaged scroll.
There is a small inscription on the heel of the instrument which reads "208".
Otto Migge was born in Koblenz, Germany on 1th June 1957.
He worked circa 1896-1902. He established a violin making school in Koblenz in 1880: Atelier für Cremoneser Geigenbaukunst.
He worked in London from 1896 and in Eastbourne, Sussex until 1908. He was the author of a book entitled, "The Secret of the Celebrated Italian Violin makers, Discovered and Explained" (Fishbacher, Frankfurt 1894).
He made Classical Italian models, some with additional decorative purfling, and generally used dark brown varnish.
He made about 80 violins and violincellos which are described as "of good tone".
This violin is market "Otto Migge. Eastbourne. 1902".
Michael stocks a range of reasonably-priced student instruments, which are supplied fully fitted with a bow, a case, and other accessories.
Repair and maintenance of stringed instruments of any age, size and condition, from replacing a broken string to undertaking a complete restoration. Click here for more information about our repair and restoration services.
Free estimates when viewed.
Written valuations for insurance.
Instruments set up to personal requirements.
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6 School Hill
"As Head of Strings at one of the most prestigious music schools in the country finding someone who can maintain our large stock of instruments has always been a major challenge. Since Angelus (Michael Hembrey) came on the scene I have had a smooth ride; problems reported, instruments swiftly examined and problems diagnosed; sometimes immediate fixes at school otherwise a fast and efficient service. From violins to basses and the occasional guitar; the instruments arrive back always carefully restored and mended to the delight of pupils and teachers alike. Michael always goes the extra mile and takes a genuine and personal interest in keeping our instruments in top condition. Charges are always fair and often extras are added with no charge. I have no hesitation in recommending his service to all string players and teachers."
Head of Strings