If you’re thinking about commissioning an instrument, you will want to know the procedure.
Firstly we discuss what you’re looking for. If you’ve not yet seen one of my instruments, I can usually make one available for you to try at the workshop or arrange for you to meet the owner of an appropriate instrument. Either now, or before I’m ready to start work, we agree the details of the commission; for example the sound quality you have in mind, and leading from that the choice of model, wood, fittings, varnish colour and finish, as well as details specific to you as the player such as neck shape and size.
- Once you have decided to go ahead, a non-refundable fee of £100 is payable to join my waiting list and the price of the finished instrument will be confirmed.
- Shortly before I start work, a deposit of 10% of the price of the instrument is payable. This is fully refundable if for any reason you don’t keep the finished instrument.
- When your instrument is ready, you have a trial period of three weeks. At the end of this period payment is due, but in the unlikely event that you are not completely happy and would prefer not to keep the instrument, your deposit will be refunded in full when it is returned.