History of Cremona House

Cremona House is now the oldest violin estalishment in the UK and probably the world. With it’s original mahogany cabinets and Victorian fittings. it’s like stepping back in time. Very little has changed. 

Cremona House has been at the forefront of the British violin making since it was established in 1879 by George Darbey, one of the most influential violin makers of his day and also an extremely talented bow maker. It’s said that some of his work rivaled that of the French makers. He sold bows to some of the leading virtuosos of his day including Sarasate.

When Darbey retired around 1920 the shop was taken over by his Son, Harry, who was a dealer and concert violinist. 

Later, in the 1930′s , he employed Albert Tinney as restorer, who continued to run the shop, well into his  90’s until Richard Bristow took it over in 1982.

A hundred and forty years and well into it’s second century Cremona House is one of the leading violin shops in Britain and has developed a popularity and excellent reputation for quality craftsmanship and expertise.


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