Maker and Restorer of Fine Violins, Violas and Cellos in Bristol, UK

I am a maker of fine ViolinsViolas and Cellos. My new instruments are handmade from attractive seasoned timber in my Bristol based workshop.  I make them for professional musicians and students wanting to progress further into a musical career.

My influences are taken from the great historic Italian violin making families and individuals such as Stradivari, Amati, Guarneri and Rogeri.

I welcome customers wishing to commission a violin, viola or cello and we can discuss your requirements should I not have something suitable in stock.

Edward Gaut Violins
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Dilys McLachlanDilys McLachlan
15:55 30 Jul 23
Edward did some really good work on my daughter`s cello and it now sounds like a different instrument
John MatthiasJohn Matthias
12:44 17 May 23
Edward did a great and very thorough job on my violin -it sounds really gorgeous on return!
Carl HillCarl Hill
13:22 16 May 23
I've been going to Edward for the past few years for bow rehairs and repairs, and he always provides an excellent service. Highly recommended!
Paul KnightPaul Knight
11:55 16 May 23
Speedy and professional service.
Jess FeaverJess Feaver
19:15 15 May 23
Edward has just fitted a new bridge and sound post on my cello. I am delighted with the results. It is sounding much more resonant and better than it ever has done. Along with a very good rehair, I am very pleased.If anyone is on the look out for a new instrument, I would highly recommend Edward's cello which I took the opportunity to play in his workshop. It has a full and mellow tone and plays very evenly. It is an excellent instrument.
Chris HornerChris Horner
22:09 19 Apr 23
Edward has rehaired my bow a number of times and always does a skilled and dependable job. It's very unusual for a single hair to come off in playing. I tried one of his violins today and it sounds very well ; easy to play, even sound across the strings, good overtones in chords, not nasal or strident on the E, plenty of warmth on the A and D and a vibrant bass on the G. Shouldn't stay in the workshop for long!
Miriam WakelingMiriam Wakeling
15:12 19 Apr 23
Edward Re-haired my Cello bow for me. Excellent job, and speedy, in the same day. I'd highly recommend Edward, who has also done work on my bow previously.
Tabitha SelleyTabitha Selley
16:25 28 Nov 22
Edward provides a fast but high quality rehair, and I always return to him because it is such a fantastic service! I played one of his cellos, which had a warm but bright resonance and was well balanced- I would recommend his instruments to any professional player/music student. It is always great to see his workshop space and see what he is working on!
Emily MelzerEmily Melzer
13:48 28 Nov 22
I brought my family violin to Edward which was in need of a lot of repair. I was hesitant to bring it to a luthier for years but when I read all the lovely reviews and heard great things about Edward from my colleagues I felt that he would do a brilliant job, and now I am blown away with what he has managed to do with the instrument. The sound is so full and the tone is beautifully centred - any imperfections and cracks have been masterfully fixed and I am so happy with the outcome. Would highly recommend!

A testimonial from Rachel Stonham

I was given this violin to try out while my previous one was being serviced. I wasn’t looking for a new violin at the time but I was immediately taken with the quality of the sound – in particular the range of colours it could make, which was exactly what I was trying to develop in my playing.

After visiting several other makers, I ended up deciding on this one because I felt there was a lot of potential for the sound to develop, and after having it for 6 months I’m still finding even more depth and range.

The service was great and I was surprised at how reasonable the price was – it was a really good experience all round.

New handmade Rogeri model violin 2018