Please visit our virtual shop at 146 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16.
Bridgewood & Neitzert, established in 1983, are located in Stoke Newington, north London, at the centre of an area that has been associated with the arts, crafts, theatre and writing since the 16th century.
Stoke Newington has had numerous famous residents, from Daniel Defoe to Malcolm McLaren, and many artists and musicians live here attracted by its cultural and urban village mix.
This is our third and longest (10 years) North London shop, having decided to stay in the area because of the wide variety of musicians living here, ranging from classical to jazz and folk, and a lot in-between.
Our clients include beginners, school, college and other students, working musicians, through to world-class soloists. Our present building has three storeys and a basement; here we have space to have a large shop area, two playing rooms and an extensive range of instruments.
Our stock also includes a large selection of electric instruments.
Our first workshop (1983)
2 Crossway, Dalston, London N16.
It was dedicated to making new instruments (bowed and plucked). During this time we also gained further experience working for other shops.
Our second workshop (1984-93)
10 Northwold Road, London N16.
This was on the top floor of a sky-lighted warehouse, with enough space to allow for large machines to convert timber. We began taking in repairs and selling old violins, violas and cellos, plus cases and accessories. At that time there was a growing interest in the distinction between modern and baroque forms. We were converting instruments from their modern set-up and putting them back to their original period set-up. Gradually repairs and conversions overtook making and we had to find proper retail premises.
of our Stoke Newington shop.
Founders of Bridgewood and Neitzert
Gary graduated from the London College of Furniture in 1984. He
then gained further experience working for other shops. He specialises
in repair, set-ups, and sound adjustment. Gary is available for opinions
on repair and restoration assessment, appraisals expertise, and guidance
with sound adjustment.
Tom graduated from the London
College of Furniture in 1983. He specialises in bows. Tom is
available for repair assessment, appraisals expertise, and
guidance on stringing.
SERVICES & SPECIALITIES
Early and period instruments
We started as makers of lutes, viols and baroque violins, and we have built up an extensive knowledge of the development of the violin from its beginnings to now.
Early and period instruments were not taken seriously for a long time, but we have always taken them seriously. We have spent many years acquiring detailed knowledge and experience on how baroque and classical instrument work and how to adjust them to sound as good as possible.
Personal approach to repair and restoration
We frequently work directly with musicians in our workshop on set-ups or adjustments. We take a very careful approach to the work that we carry out on customer's instruments; we always take extensive measurements so that if we need to we can retrace our steps. Changes to an instrument are made slowly and over a period, aiming to maintain a consistency of sound and allowing time for the musician to get used to those changes.
Specialist String Supply
We are the main stockists for a wide variety of specialist strings including Baroco, Dlugolecki, Kurschner, Aquila, Pyramid, Savarez, Sofracob, Pirastro and CHD.
As we developed our range of early and period strings and our knowledge of the different products, we introduced a mail order service, sending strings out same day worldwide.
We can also give advice on all kinds of stringing and string problems, including guidance on modern strings.
We welcome part exchange. When upgrading your instrument we can often part exchange your old one or you might consider selling it on commission through us. This is usually a good way to maximise your profit.
For sale, insurance, probate etc. Please call.
We are always available to advise on this.
Sale on commissions
This is often the best way to maximise returns when selling your instrument.
We currently sponsor the Stoke Newington Early Music Festival and the Fitzwilliam Quartet, who are quartet-in-residence at Sutton House.
Bridgewood & Neitzert
146 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JU
(Current shop and premises since 1993)
Tel: 020 7249 9398
Fax: 020 7275 9330
(+44 if outside UK)
Email: Bridgewood & Neitzert
Monday to Friday: 10am-6pm