Each instrument is individually made, and in the case of commissioned work, Paul likes to work closely with players, discussing their needs and requirements, as well as choice of wood and fittings.
Violas are made in a range of body lengths to suit the individual player, whilst maintaining the optimum string length where possible.
Violins, Violas and Cellos can also be made to Baroque, Classical or Transitional specifications to meet period performance criteria. These instruments are based on careful study of the best extant examples.
There has been a renaissance in traditional handmade violin making over the last four decades. It is now possible to purchase a fine handmade instrument that meets all the artistic demands of the most discerning musician.
Furthermore, new instruments have the great advantage of being in pristine condition and of known provenance. In addition, their price does not include any inflated mark up for an antique value they have yet to acquire.
Paul Bowers uses only the finest quality European spruce and Bosnian maple in the construction of his instruments.
This is obtained as rift cut wedges from specialist suppliers, and is slowly air dried over several years to ensure stability.