Buying an Instrument

Only occasionally, instruments by Thomas Meuwissen are available for immediate purchase. Do not hesitate to get in touch, if you wish to be kept informed of the work available for sale.  If you would like to familiarise yourself with Meuwissen's work, try-out sessions can easily be arranged.  


Process of Ordering an Instrument

As most artists throughout history, Thomas Meuwissen mostly works on commission. Commissioning is often the best way for mature musicians to find an instrument meeting their specific tonal, ergonomic and aesthetic requirements. Thus the instrument becomes a unique tailor-made creation, resulting from intensive dialogue between both musician and violin maker. After all, musicians have specific demands in regard to their instrument: they look for a particular sound, a specific timbre, certain measurements and a unique appearance. Everything can be created in such a way that it optimally matches the musician's taste and preferences.


The strength of contemporary violin making lies in this direct contact between maker and musician. Since the musician is able to follow the building process from A to Z, the purchase of a new instrument is not a leap in the dark but, quite contrary, a joint project in which the expertise of both parties is of importance. Meuwissen regards consultation, advice, cooperation and trust as crucial elements in this process.


The process of commissioning is simple and without risk. A ten percent down payment secures the price and a delivery date. The balance is due upon completion of the instrument. Should it after the trial period prove unsatisfactory in any way, Meuwissen will either make a new instrument or refund the amount paid.

However, the buying of an instrument is not where it ends. A two-year period of free maintenance is offered, which enables the violin maker, whenever possible, to keep track of the instrument and to continue to refine it and keep it in top condition. An instrument is made by its maker but is shaped by the musician who plays it and will continue to develop its identity and timbre over the years. In the years following the purchase it is therefore essential to extend the cooperation between both violin maker and musician.