Company History


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David E Vernon established the company during 1964. A violin shop in Manchester first buying and selling violins, violas, cellos and bows in the City centre trading from premises on Brazennose Street. David relocated the violin shop for a short time on the upper floor of Kendals on Deansgate before moving to its current position close to the centre of Manchester on Chester Road. We are positioned only a short distance from the Bridgewater Hall, the RNCM, Chethams and the Media City.

Paul’s ability to take an instrument which sound woolly, closed in and distinctly unimpressive and turn it into a clear, resonant and pure-sounding joy to own is second to no-one in this country. Read More

The company’s reputation as dealers, makers and restorers of fine Violins, Viola, Cellos, Double Basses and Bows quickly grew establishing and continuing to build contacts with Chethams School of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Halle Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Manchester Camerata and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra along with the North Wests numerous  amateur and semi-professional ensembles. In 2014 with Paul Parsons as proprietor, D E Vernon Violins will celebrate 50 unbroken years of trading continuing the firm’s reputation as the most established specialist and a leading violin company in the North West.

Paul M Parsons

paul3Paul M Parsons, proprietor of Vernon Violins since 1987, on leaving school began music studies with violin as first study, becoming absorbed with a fascination for violin making and restoration. On leaving music studies at the age of 19, Paul approached David Vernon where he began the study of restoration within the trade in a busy workshop and commercial environment.

Paul has both the experience and the great sensitivity to really understand artists’ wishes, and is able to meet their every need Read more

During the 27 years as proprietor Paul has brought some of the finest instruments and bows to the North West providing investment quality instruments and bows for music students, amateur, prominent professional musicians and world leading music education establishments, not forgetting those with an interest in collecting and investment.

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