The 'original' SoundPost has been owned and run by Brian Cohen and Jane Walters: a violin and guitar shop located in Guildford, Surrey, UK. Established in 1972, we have been in our current premises since 1997. We are makers of international repute of the finest stringed instruments.
As of 2022, the retail shop known as 'SoundPost' is to continue as an 'online' shop only, and Brian Cohen will continue with the making, conservation and some restoration work, as 'Brian Cohen Violins', in the same premises.

(updated October, 2021)

Shop online with SoundPost

You can navigate this site, or if you prefer please try the new 'click to buy' automated online shop at

New Online Shop: Soundpost UK Online

or you can get more detail by navigating this site too!

SoundPost, the shop, after 50 years of trading, is sadly closing soon: Brian Cohen will continue only as a maker of new instruments; details and contact via the sidebar link.
We are holding the final clearance sale now, and there are many bargains to be had, especially (but not only) small sized violins, and some accessories, including rosins, strings, cases, Fiedler backpacks, a carbon fibre ex- rental Fiedler Sans Souci cello flight case , and many other unique items. Please telephone for anything you may be after, we may well have in in stock at a reduced clearance price. Please e mail or call with your request. You can visit the shop to collect, by prior appointment, or we can send out 'next day' via courier or post.
Note: As we no longer charge VAT, our prices will be very competitive.
We are happy to to ship worldwide.

Violin making wood: We have a large stock of the finest quality violin making wood, built up over 5 decades, which in addition to our own stock includes a very large stock of wood from the luthier David Rubio. This includes wood for violin, viola and cello, and some viola da gamba wood from the workshop stock of luthier Michael Heale. The wood can be sold as individual pieces, or in sets which comprise a back, (either one piece or matched pair of wedges,) matching rib set, and a neck block. We can also supply willow end blocks, and linings. We also have matching sets for quartets. All of this wood is of the very best quality, and matured for 20 years to 60 years, and priced individually, ranging from about 350 per set to over 1000 per set. There are also a few large logs of ebony, dating back to the 19th C, which came out of the Clifford-Essex workshops before the war. Please do enquire, via Brian Cohen Violins

Instruments, Bows, Restoration and Conservation

For personal contact and for instruments, bows, rehairs or repairs, or conservation, contact me at Brian Cohen Violins