Today I showed my teacher your amazing violin for the first time. She was totally gobsmacked, I played it to her without her being able to see it to start with and her reaction was brilliant. She loved it and kept wanting to play it during my lesson! She asked lots of questions and also noticed all the details like the coloured bridge, flashy tail piece and shaped finger board. At first she could not make out why it looked different (apart from the colour of course) and then she realised that there were no bottom corners...
She thinks it sounds beautiful and so do I, so Thank you once again, she asked for your details too as she is intrigued. My teacher is very conventional and quite conservative in her ideas regarding violins but I think you are a hit with her. Nov 2011
I am loving having your wonderful creation to play, it continues to get startled looks when anyone sees it. Not everyone is sure about the colour though but I am...
Thank you once again for producing such a beauty.
I continue to make progress and I cannot blame the instrument anymore!!
"Hi Tim, remember when I first saw you and your violins in Samois, at the Django Reinhardt festival in paris with my son.
I saw a violin from a distance and it looked so beautiful I knew I had to try it. I did. And I had to buy it.
Since then, with my new "classic" violin, I have, at last, found the sound I was searching for. This violin is sweet, very sweet, but very, very powerful also. I can't wait to hear how she sounds in 5,10, 20 years time...loving every minute..and every note. A big thank you!"
We didn't make it to Towersey this year, but I wanted you to know how
much I treasure the classical fiddle that I got from you two years
back. It has transformed my playing - or at least my image of my
playing. It has played with a morris team all over the country on this
side of England, played for our ceilidh band on most weekends, played
in sessions and, most importantly, played in Bedfordshire Symphony's
concerts which have included works by most every major composer. Such a
versitle instrument! But having the secure sound of it has made me more
adventurous and confident and that made all the difference. I won't be
fameous as I once hoped (that no longer matters), but i know that I am
a good musician and can enjoy playing wherever I go.
Thanks and keep giving such pleasure to other musicians through your
fiddles. Billfiddle 2011
A quick message to say how pleased I am with my new asymmetric
It's now had several public appearances and has been much admired
for both its looks and its sound. It's capable of such a huge range of
expression, and I particularly love the big, glorious sound this fiddle can make. I must admit I am having a lot of trouble putting it down at the moment this instrument and I are going to be friends for a very long time!
Many thanks for the opportunity to spend a morning trying all those
fiddles of yours - every one was different and I am so pleased that I was able to make what I know was the perfect choice for me.
(The Codabow is very nice too.)
I received my violin this afternoon. It sounds great and is beautiful. Tell Bonnie I am very pleased with her art work too. I could go on and on but I need to go play it some-more, it was hard to stop long enough to e-mail you. Thanks for a great fiddle!!!
Mahalo, (thank-you in Hawaiian)
Thanks for all, it was a real pleasure for me to visite you and buy an authentic Tim Phillips' Violine.
I've called some friends to come and see one of the nicest violine of the world. Christophe, France
Tim's instruments and bows are just the finest ,this accompanied
by a great personal and friendly service, what more could you
ask for...Tom Leary [Feast of Fiddles,Tanna, Kevin Dempsey etc],
"Tim.. it's lovely. Arrived safe and sound. Beautiful
arching on the front. OK..... what can I say.... Maybe I am
naive but this thing sings :) Unbelievable volume and air to
it. My playing just evolved an eon. Gobsmacked... That my tutor
is going to be speechless is unquestionable.. I just played
the same piece on my old Hungarian fiddle and the Messiah (My
own personal Jesus) .... errr.... I was afraid for the neighbours...
Tim.... your modesty is astonishing.... "
"My violin has a lovely tone, and has been much
admired by other players, I really enjoy playing it"
"Got the fiddle safe and sound, and it's absolutely fantastic.
I love the colour and the sound, thanks so much." Eliza
"I am suddenly playing a lot more, a new instrument
is a siren, it calls you to get it out of it's case. What pleasure
"Fiddle sounds great, it's really got such a huge sound
I can compete with boxes in sessions ! It's a very special instrument...
I find myself playing for hours on end, it's just superb."
"Lots of character... beautifully made...lovely instrument.."
"I am really pleased with this fiddle, I love playing it."
"I've been meaning to email you to tell you how I'm
enjoying the Infidel. It is a real pleasure to play as you said,
nice and mellow and even...and I like how you can play hard
on the A and E without piercing or screeching out. "