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About Us

About Us

Thwaites is a long established family business specialising in the sale and repair of orchestral stringed instruments.  Our aim is to encourage, nurture and inspire musicians by offering a complete and value for money service to all players from the youngest students to top professionals.


Our onsite workshop carries out a full range of repairs from minor adjustments to full restorations.  Our team of expert luthiers also ensure that all of our own instruments are set up and maintained to the highest standard.


Our knowledge and expertise allow us to offer our customers a comprehensive and professional service tailored to their individual needs.  As musicians, we recognise that it takes time to find the right instrument or for a player to achieve their optimum sound.  You can have confidence in our advice and be assured that we will give each individual our full attention.


Building on our reputation as a specialist double bass shop, we now have an equally impressive selection of fine violins, violas, cellos and bows.  We have contemporary and antique instruments including French, German, English and Italian ready for you to try.  We also stock the major brands of strings and a selection of cases and other accessories.