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Colin Cross

British | Based in Scotland, UK

Colin's reputation as a restorer of considerable skill has been well earned. Professional players, violin dealerships across the country, and other players, often bring specific projects hundreds of miles for his specialist restoration.

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Cello by Colin Cross, 2006
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Cello by Colin Cross, 2006

A good cello, made by established British maker Cross in his workshop in Deal. It has a beautifully warm and smooth tone, typical of a narrow bodied cello. It’s on the smaller size so would be comfortable for someone looking for a slightly undersized instrument. The cello comes certified by the luthier.

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7/8 Violin by Colin Cross, 2019
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7/8 Violin by Colin Cross, 2019

A very good violin, made by Master Luthier Colin Cross in his workshop in Deal. This violin is wonderfully made, reminiscent of the old Milanese school. It has a beautifully sculpted body and a wonderfully antiqued varnish. The particularity of this violin is that it is a 7/8th size. This means that it’s extremely comfortable to play on, especially with smaller hands. However, it retains the full and rich sound of a full size instrument. It is very powerful with a rich tone in all registers, especially the low and high-end. An instrument perfect for someone with small hands or anyone who is looking for a smaller instrument. The violin comes certified from the Luthier.

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Viola by Colin Cross, 2019
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Viola by Colin Cross, 2019

A very good viola, made by Master Luthier Colin Cross in his workshop in Deal. This beautiful viola is based on a model by Gasparo da Salo of Brescia. The body has been reduced to 415mm (16¼) but the viola retains a string length of 370mm. This means that the instrument is extremely comfortable to play on whilst producing the richer full sound expected from a far bigger viola. The viola comes certified from the Luthier.

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Viola by Colin Cross, 2021
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Viola by Colin Cross, 2021

An absolutely stunning viola by one of our favourite British makers, Colin Cross. Made with very old seasoned wood, this viola is a true masterpiece in making. It has a beautiful one piece back with elegant antiquing throughout. Due to its small size, it's extremely easy to play and responds very well. It also sounds much more powerful than its size suggests so the sound will have no issues cutting through.

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Violin by Colin Cross, 2021
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Violin by Colin Cross, 2021

A very interesting instrument by master violin maker Colin Cross. It is based on a violin by the great Peter of Venice and the sound matches the original very nicely. It is rich and warm with a sweet and velvety sound. Yet if played with power, it can certainly project as well as Stradivari and Guarneri models.

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Cello by Colin Cross, 2017
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Cello by Colin Cross, 2017

We have been fans of Colin's instruments for years and this cello is a great example of his work. The slightly smaller dimensions make it perfect for someone looking for an instrument that feels very comfortable under the hand and responds very easily. The sound has a clear core, with emphasis on the lower strings - this would make a fantastic quartet instrument.

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