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Established in South Manchester in 1984, Ayres Violins is one of the leading specialist violin shops in the North of England and is well known amongst players from beginner to professional for its excellent craftsmanship and service.

Located in Didsbury, our premises include the shop, a music room and a large purpose-built workshop to the rear. All work, from minor repairs, adjustments and bow rehairs, to complete restorations and the making of new instruments, is carried out here in the workshop by our skilled and experienced violin-makers – Paul Ayres and Dave Slight, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Our music room houses an extensive range of violins, violas, cellos and bows. All instruments have been set up to the highest possible standard in the workshop, before being offered for sale. We hold a comprehensive stock of strings, accessories and cases and expert advice is always on hand from our friendly, knowledgeable staff, who are happy to help with any questions.


Job Opportunities at Ayres Violins

We are looking for two craftspeople to join us, one on the instrument repair and restoration side and one on the bow rehairing and repair side, working alongside Paul Ayres and Dave Slight.

Ayres Violins was set up by Paul Ayres in 1984 and has grown into a thriving establishment for repairs, restorations and violinmaking. Paul was joined by Dave Slight in 2000 and the workshop has since gone from strength to strength.

The ideal candidates will be craftspeople with comprehensive experience and knowledge of instrument repair and restoration and/or bow rehairing and repair. However, Paul Ayres will provide full training for less experienced craftspeople with a real interest and drive to succeed in this field.

Ayres Violins' purpose-built workshop is situated in Didsbury Village. Didsbury is a vibrant community, six miles south of Manchester city centre, with many restaurants, cafés, shops and excellent transport links to Manchester and other parts of the region. The workshop is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Applications for part time work will also be considered.


Salary will be dependent on experience.

For further information, please telephone Paul Ayres on 0161 448 1860 or e-mail him at

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to or by post to 69 – 71 School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6WN.



Ayres Violins Ltd
Registered Office & Shop
69-71 School Lane,
Didsbury, Manchester
M20 6WN

Company Number 8282730
Registered in England and Wales
TEL/FAX: 0161 448 1860


Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm by appointment only. Sat & Sun: Closed