29th March, 2011

Bargain Hunt 2011

Computing NC digital media are back on the track of antiques and collectible items

Computing NC digital media are back on the track of antiques and collectible items for the forthcoming table top sale and college auction. We have scoured up and down the country looking for bargains for your delight and enjoyment, but mostly for a profit for ‘Cash for Kids’.


One of the items purchased was an early violin circa 1920 in need of a little ‘tender loving care’. We contacted the Violin Shop in Blackie St. (www.theviolinshop-glasgow.co.uk), a fascinating shop hidden near Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries. We hoped that they could take a look at it and service the violin at cost. We met with Brenda and Alf who undertook the work on restoring the violin. To our surprise and gratitude, they carried out a complete restoration (see image) at no charge. The work included :- gluing the seams, cleaning, adjusting the soundpost, adjusting the pegs, fitting a self adjusting bridge, tailpiece, chin rest and a new set of Prelude strings. When we collected the violin, we recorded a small video of Alf playing the Dark Island. (see video here)


The Violin Shop in Blackie Street is the only specialist retailer in Glasgow dealing in antique and modern violins, violas, cellos and double basses plus all related accessories. With three restoration workshops, The Violin Shop prides itself on its dedication to traditional craftsmanship of stringed instruments and bows.  Bill McKenzie manages the day-to-day running of the shop and is proficient not only in violin repairs, but also works on guitars, mandolins and banjos. All bow repairs, including a fine rehairing service, are carried out by Brenda McCulloch.  Alf Gouck, who set up a workshop in the Verona Region of Italy after training at the Newark School of Violin Making, spends part of the year in Glasgow and now helps out in the The Violin Shop one day a week.  Alf volunteered to undertake the work on the violin.


We have spoken to Brian Clement the director of McTears auction house who has agreed to sell the violin in one of their on-line auctions. We are also hoping to sell at the same time an American silver art nouveau brooch and a vintage purse decorated with coral beads.

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