THE MAKERS' FORUM
PLATFORM DEDICATED TO THE
MAKING OF CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTS AND BOWS
Warren Bailey is an internationally recognized instrument restorer, specializing in instruments of the violin family: violins, violas and cellos. His more than 18-year tenure in this unique vocation has been spent working for some of the world’s most prestigious violin dealers, private owners, collectors and museums. In the little spare time he has, he likes to make instruments, and having rare instruments on his workbench gives the opportunity to make copies. At present, due to the limited time he has to make new instruments, his stock is limited to only one or two violins, but he hopes to be consistently producing several instruments per year in the near future.
From his base in Victoria, Canada, Bailey repairs instruments from throughout the world most frequently from London and New York. Tradition rules in Bailey’s practice, his trade philosophy is conservation, conservation, and conservation. Working on instruments that are hundreds of years old, such as Stradivarius, Del Gesu, Montagnana, Guadagnini, storioni & Amati, amongst others. Bailey makes a personal connection with the instrument’s owner for each job. This includes traveling to receive the instruments he works on and personally delivering them back to the owner.
He studied the making and repair of instruments in the violin family at England’s Newark violin making school. He began his career in restoration under the guidance of some of the most renowned dealers in the industry such as J&A Beare and Florian Leonhard. Above all, Bailey feels fortunate to have found his calling. “Each instrument is beautiful and has its own personality,” says Bailey. “The markings tell me a story of both the maker, and the craftsmen who have worked on it subsequently”.