I was fascinated with music from an early age, I began learning the piano as a child and then bass guitar as a teenager, shortly after I took up the double bass, I played in many bands and musical ensembles since 2001. Being fascinated with the double bass I was playing, seeking a better understanding of it and wanting a better instrument than I could afford began my journey into lutherie.
I started making instruments in 2010, after graduating from the internationally renowned Newark School of Violin Making and furthering my training briefly with master luthiers in France and England, I set up my own workshop in Sheffield, England, in 2016 where I specialise in double bass making and repairing.
Playing the double bass for many years has formed my passion for specialising in the making of these fantastic instruments, and has given me the insight to what players want and need from a bass in the sound and playability.
My inspiration comes from early British instrument making as well as the Italian masters and I aim to use predominantly traditional methods whilst using the minimum amount of machinery. I use only the best quality materials for all aspects of my double basses, from the spruce and maple plates to the bridge. I believe that using the best wood and materials will create a better sounding instrument.
If you are interested in trying any of my instruments or discussing commission options please do not hesitate to contact me.
"I had a problem with my double bass – fingerboard buzz at fifth position on the A string. Neal found the issue – slight wear on the fingerboard and unevenly wound strings. He planed the fingerboard and helped me choose a new string. All sounds good now." Steve Fotios
"My bass is my pride and joy, so of course finding someone who will take care of her was pretty important to me. Fortunately, after being put in touch with Neal, I don't have that issue any more. I went to Heppleston Lutherie to get adjusters installed on my bridge, so I could lower the strings slightly, and install a pickup. Neal talked me through all the options, gave great advice, and most importantly did a fantastic job installing some beautiful mahogany adjusters. My bass was easier to play, and even sounded better after the work, which considering how great it already sounded is saying something, and he even installed the pickup for me at the same time. I'm sure he'll do just as good as good a job sorting out my sound post too, after I stupidly knocked it out of place!" Kier Teasdale