Neal Heppleston

Double Bass Maker


Holme Bank Mills
West Yorkshire
WF14 8NA

Tel: +44 (0) 7763688127

About Neal

A graduate of the internationally renowned Newark School of Violin Making, I am now located in West Yorkshire, England, where I make new double basses.

I starting making instruments in 2011, after graduating I carried out some further training in France and Manchester. I set up my own workshop in the centre of Sheffield, at Yorkshire Artspace’s Exchange Place Studios in 2016. From here I have worked on new making, repairs, restoration and set ups for local and national players.

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 have made a variety of different basses, classic London orchestral, solo, swell back, flat back, four and 5 string basses, violin and gamba forms. As a maker based in the north of England I like to use the styles of traditional northern makers such as Cole, Tarr and Briggs in my own model basses. I can also copy, develop or design a double bass especially to suit the players requirements.