Instrument Making

In making our instruments we use the same tools and methods of the old masters such that Stradivari himself could walk into the workshop and make a violin. However there are some very important things that have changed since then....

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Set-ups and Repairs

We know how important your instrument is to you and most importantly, how well it sounds and plays.  Every instrument in our workshop is treated with the highest level of care and professional skill to get it playing its best... while also respecting your budget!

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Krentz Wolf Eliminators

The Krentz Modulator has transformed the life of cellists world over who have suffered greatly at the hands of the dreaded wolf note. Honestly they are amazing! You can buy yours here and we also honour the Krentz lifetime guarantee.

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Why traditional lutherie?

There are many people out there in the world of the web who post their exploits in unplugged woodwork, and there is some pretty amazing work going on!

We choose to make instruments the traditional way because we too enjoy the process, have a passion for the craft and we also gain a sense of real achievement in creating an instrument by hand.

We offer 1-2-1 lutherie tuition where you can learn the skills to make your own instrument at a pace that suits you. You will be able to use all the tools we have here and choose to work completely unplugged or as power-tooled up as you like.

We offer tuition on a pay as you go basis and arrange days in the workshop to suit your schedule. There is a maximum fee that you will pay so if you take your time it won't cost you any more and in the end you will have crafted your own instrument!

Reiver Instruments - guitar luthier

Visit the workshop...

We love to have visitors! Here in the middle of a small Cumbrian village it is very peaceful with plenty of cows and sheep for company... however we also love to have people join us to talk music and lutherie. You are welcome any time if you have any questions or would just like to see what a luthier's workshop looks like.