Meet The Team at MoselEy Violins
Native from France, has worked over 30 years in Birmingham in violin restoration and repair work, and bow rehairing. François also specialises in making his own instrument models adapted from the classical European background. His source of inspiration is influenced by the charm and detail of lesser known makers from 1850-1900. Instrument orders are a process of discussion and exploration with his customers, enabling musicians to contribute their individual ideas and requirements. François enjoys playing the double bass.
Having graduated from Newark College of Violin Making, after 3 years of study, Alex joined Moseley Violins in 2019 to build on the knowledge of restorations and repairs, gained at the college. While Alex enjoys working on any instrument of the violin family, a particular inspiration is the Brescian-style of making which sometimes has intricate inlays on the back of the instrument. When younger, Alex played the double bass but now plays the violin.
Native to Birmingham, Mike has an endless resource of knowledge and skills in music technology and computer engineering. He works along in the shop reception, sales, admin and giving technical advice. Mike is a seasoned band musician, playing electric bass, guitar and mandolin, and has taken to making the occasional electric mandolin and guitar. He also enjoys playing the violin.
David Bruce Johnson
Left his native Canada in 1978 with a background in craft, music and arts to further his instrument making career. He studied for three years study in Musical Instrument Technology in London in both fretted and bowed stringed instruments. David gained 5 years employment in the violin trade in Beaconsfield and Birmingham before setting up workshop of his own in 1986. After 5 years research and development, the success story of world-renowned Violectra electric violins, violas and cellos began in 1992 and designer and maker David has sold over 200 custom-made Violectras worldwide. After a diverse musical background in piano, brass and wind instruments, David plays various stringed instruments , including violin, cello, dulcimer, sitar, kora, banjo, mandolin, & guitar.
Professional Players at your Service
We understand the decision process can be quite difficult finding the ideal instrument or bow to meet all your requirements.
By special appointment, we have the services of professional local players, Amanda Lipman, and Graeme Littlewood, to help you hear the instruments that you would like to consider within your price area and help you assess their tonal qualities. Both are available by appointment
We understand the decision process can be quite difficult finding the ideal violin, viola or bow to meet all your requirements. By special appointment only, we have the services of a professional local player, Amanda Lipman, to help you hear the instruments that you would like to consider within your price area and help you assess their tonal qualities.
Graeme has a long professional experience of over 40 years playing violin with the CBSO in Birmingham . His knowledge and background is very thorough and we are privileged to have his wealth of experience to help customers when choosing a violin or bow. His services are available by appointment only.