Renaissance Workshop Company
The foremost manufacturer of early musical instruments worldwide

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  Aerophones (winds)

  With keyboard

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   Cornetto

   Flute

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  Reeds

   Acordeon

   Bagpipes

   Baroque Bassoon

   Cornamusen

   Curtal

   Crumhorn

   Dolzaina

   Dulcian

   Fagot

   Glastonbury Pipe

   Kortholt

   Rackett

   Rauschpfeife

   Shawm

   Sordune

  Brasswinds

   Sackbutt

   Trumpet

  Chordophones (stringed)

  With keyboard

   Cembalino

   Clavichord

   Harpsichord

   Hurdy-Gurdy

   Muselaar

   Piano

   Spinet, Ottavino

   Spinet, Bentside

   Symphony

   Virginal

  Bowed

   Bowed Psaltery

   Cello

   Double bass

   Fiddle

   Rebec

   Viol

   Violin

  Plucked and Hammered

   Appalachian Dulcimer

   Bouzouki

   Cítara

   Citole

   Cittern

   Guitar

   Guittern

   Hammered Dulcimer

   Harp

   Lute

   Lyre

   Mandolin

   Plucked Psaltery

   Ukelele

  Struck

   Hammered Dulcimer

  Electrophones

  Theremin

  Idiophones

  Limberjack

  Sanza

  Membranophones

  Bodhran

  Drum

  Nakers

  Tabor

  Taboret

  Timbrel

  Timpani

 

  Furniture

  Lids

   for Clavichord

  Music Desk

   for Cembalino

   Regency Music Stand

  Stands

   for Cembalino

   for Clavichord

   for Harpsichord

  Stools

  Decoration Kits

  Finishing Kit

   for all the Windcaps

  Soundboard Painting Set

   for Clavichord

   for Harpsichord

  Golden Set

   for Ottav. Spinet

 

  Spares & Raw materials

  Cork

  Lead wire

  Reeds

   Cane

   Plastic

  Strings & Wire

   Gut

   Nylon

   Metal

  Tools

  Drill bits

  Books

  Plans

 

Musical Instruments
 

  A ...

  Acordeón

  Appalachian Dulcimer

  Archlute

  Armonio

  Arpa

  Atabal

  Atril

  Autoarpa

  B ...

  Bagpipe

  Bajo barroco

  Bajón

  Balalaica

  Banjo

  Baroque Bassoon

  Baroque Flute

  Baroque Oboe

  Baroque Trumpet

  Baryton

  Basset Clarinet

  Basset Horn

  Bentside Spinet

  Black Cornett

  Bodhran

  Bombarde

  Bouzouki

  Bow

  Bowed Psaltery

  Buccin

  C ...

  Caja

  Carillon

  Cembalino

  Cello

  Chalumeau

  Chirimía

  Cister

  Cistro

  Cítara

  Citole

  Cittern

  Classical Guitar

  Clarinet

  Clarinette d'amour

  Clarsach

  Clave

  Clavecín

  Clavichord

  Clavicordio

  Concertina

  Contrabajo

  Cornamuse

  Cornetto

  Corno recto

  Cortholt

  Cromorno

  Crumhorn

  Curtal

  D ...

  Dolzaina

  Double Bass

  Drehleier

  Drum

  Dudelsack

  Dulcema

  Dulcémele

  Dulcian

  Dulcimer

  Dulzaina

  Dulzian

  E ...

  Espineta

  F ...

  Fagot

  Felle

  Fiddle

  Fídula

  Fiedel

  Fife

  Flauta

  Flauta de Pan

  Flöten

  Flute

  Fortepiano

  G ...

  Gamba

  Gemshorn

  Gittern

  Glastonbury Pipe

  Guitarra

  Gaita

  Gerader Zink

  H ...

  Hammered Dulcimer

  Harp

  Harpsichord

  Hog-nose Psaltery

  Horn

  Hoyboy

  Hummelchen

  Hurdy-Gurdy

  I ...

  J ...

  K ...

  Kettledrum

  Klarinett

  Koncertina

  Kortholt

  Krummhorn

  Krummer Zink

  L ...

  Lap Harp

  Laúd

  Limberjack

  Lira

  Lira da gamba

  Lirone

  Lizard

  Lute

  Lysarden

  Lyre

  M ...

  Mandolin

  Mountain Zither

  Musette

  Muselaar

  Music Desk

  Mute Cornett

  N ...

  Nácara

  Nakers

  O ...

  Oboe

  Odre

  Ophicleide

  Organistrum

  Órgano

  Orlo

  Ottavina

  P ...

  Pandereta

  Pandero

  Panpipe

  Piano

  Pífano

  Plucked Psaltery

  Pommer

  Portative Organ

  Psaltery

  Q ...

  R ...

  Rackett

  Ranket

  Ranqueta

  Rauschpfeife

  Rebec

  Recorder

  Regal

  Renaissance Guitar

  S ...

  Sackbut

  Salterios

  Sanza

  Schalmei

  Schreyerpfeife

  Schriary

  Serpent

  Shawm

  Sinfonía

  Slide Trumpet

  Smallpipes

  Sordón

  Sordune

  Spinet, Bentside

  Spinet, Ottavino

  Stands

  Symphony

  T ...

  Tabor

  Taboret

  Tambor

  Tamboril

  Tambourine

  Theremin

  Timbal

  Timbrel

  Timpani

  Transverse Flute

  Trombone

  Trompeta

  Trumpet

  U ...

  Ukelele

  V ...

  Vielle

  Vihuela

  Viol

  Viola

  Viola d'amore

  Viola da gamba

  Viola de rueda

  Viola pomposa

  Violín

  Violonchelo

  Virginal

  W ...

  White cornett

  X ...

  Y ...

  Z ...

  Zanfoña

  Zink

  Zither

 

Spares & Tools
 

  A ...

  Adhesives

  B ...

  Bags

  Bits

  Books

  Bows

  C ...

  Cases

  Claviers

  Cork

  D ...

  Desk for Cembalino

  Regency Music Desk

  Drill bits

  E ...

  Electronic tuner

  F ...

  Finishing kit for Windcaps

  Furniture (Regency Music Stand)

  G ...

  Glue

  Gilding set for Ottav. Spinet

  Gut strings

  H ...

  Hide glue

  I ...

  J ...

  Jacks

  K ...

  Keyboards

  Keyfronts

  Klaviaturen

  L ...

  Lead

  Lid for Clavichord

  M ...

  Machine pegs

  Music Desk for Cembalino

  Regency Music Stand

  N ...

  Nylon strings

O ...

 

  P ...

  Pegs

  Paint

  Painting Set for Clavichord

  Painting Set for Harpsichord

  Plectra

  Plettri

  Q ...

  R ...

  Reeds (Cane)

  Reeds (Plastic)

  Raw materials

  Registers

  S ...

  Saltadores

  Slides

  Springers

  Stand for Cembalino

  Stand for Clavichord

  Stand for Harpsichord

  Strings (Gut)

  Strings (Nylon)

  Strings (Metal)

  Stools

  Sautereaux

  Soundboards

  T ...

  Tables d'harmonie

  Tastiere

  Tastenfronten

  Tools (Drill bits)

  Tuners

  Tuning keys

  Tuning pegs

  U ...

  V ...

  Varnish

  W ...

  Wire

  X ...

  Y ...

  Z ...

 
About Us -->  Company | History | Social Action | Offer | Contact

The History
The company's success is mainly due to its founder Jonathan Mark Askey.

Early in the 60's, Jonathan was teaching crafts in a local school in Bradford and having already made a number of guitars, he continued making some viols and other musical instruments. He has been always proud that one of his racketts formed part of David Munrow's collection.

Mr Askey has been involved in running the early music business since he joined J Wood & Sons Ltd. back in 1972. He has profoundly influenced the development of the early music movement and the quality of instrument making. He managed Woods Bradford music shop, 'The Early Music Shop' (EMS) for many years and helped to turn it in a Mecca for early music enthusiasts. The Early Music Shop was set up in 1968 along with a workshop manufacturing replicas of medieval and renaissance instruments marketed with the brands “Woods” and "EMS". Jonathan Askey drove the workshop until 1999.

From the beginning, instrument kits have continued to be a feature of the catalogue. The first ones were the Renaissance windcaps, hurdy gurdies, lutes that still remain the most popular. The company is greatly indebted to John Barnes for his input to the keyboard kits, particularly, the spinet. They make up into first class instruments.

In 1999, Richard Wood, the owner, sold separately the Bradford's showroom and the workshops. The showroom was sold to G A Williams of Darlington and Newcastle that continued operating it with Richard Wood as the manager with the name 'The Early Music Shop'.

The complete EMS’ workshops, including all the licenses and copyrights, machinery and customer portfolio were sold to the director Jonathan M. Askey, who changing only its name founded the Renaissance Workshop Company Ltd. with the express purpose of going on with the development of the product range and with the enlargement of the customer base, but initially with the same staff, in the same premises, with the same catalogue...

The EMS undertook among other clauses "not to produce or have produced any product of a similar design..." By this agreement, the EMS renounced to compete in the future against the RWC producing or having produced similar musical instruments and undertook to resell the RWC production.

Located in the same building, having been in the past part of it, and sharing the same product catalogue, the Renaissance Workshop Company (RWC) grew under the shadow of the Early Music Shop (EMS) and not all the customers realised that the EMS had become a mere dealer of RWC. The confusion grew up because the Early Music Shop continued marketing the RWC products as if they were still made in their own workshop, that is, they continued offering the RWC production with the brand EMS.

Due to poor health, Mr. Askey reluctantly decided in 2004 that he would have to wind down the workshops that was effectively his life¹s work. The Early Music Shop was offered first to re-purchase the workshop but they declined and so Mr. Askey sought for other partners (about the untrue rumour of closure of the RWC).

Among all the offers, Mr. Askey chose a new partner to take on the day to day running of the company while he acts in an advisory capacity and be involved with the development of new instruments and kits. As this new partner is Spanish and the lease run out on the previous premises it seemed a logical step to move RWC production to Spain. After considerable thought, Toledo (one of the Spain¹s oldest cities) seemed to offer just the right atmosphere for a workshop manufacturing early musical instruments.

Our top quality range of instruments and kits are being produced to the same high standards but in much sunnier surroundings than Bradford!

All necessary spares are available as usual and our excellent kit building backup will become bilingual, either English or Spanish once the workshops are completely settled in their new home. We cannot hide that the move has brought a delay in the standard rate production mainly caused by administrative bureaucracy but we can proudly say that our new workshop in Toledo is the rightful heir and keeps all the designs, copyrights, machinery, documentation, portfolio and more of the 40-year old one in Bradford(*).

You can appreciate this legacy in the quality of our instruments and kits. Beware of imitations.


(*) The comprehensive catalogue, designs, techniques and quality of Renaissance Workshop Company (RWC) is the result of the natural evolution and improvements of a workshop that was born and run within the 'Early Music Shop' selling its products with the brands 'Woods' and 'EMS' for 31 years and afterwards for financial reasons, in 1999, as a separate company but still with the same staff, in the same premises, with the same catalogue and having the Early Music Shops in Bradford and other locations as its main dealers.

In the other side, The 'Early Music Shop' has been publishing about themselves during 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009: "New workshops, New Products, New Designs, New Instruments, New Kits'. "A completely new workshop has had to be created around several of the existing staff. New models have been devised... Fresh manufacturing techniques will enable us to produce the kits and completed instruments... The emphasis will be set firmly on the production of a completely new range of affordable instruments and kits..." "New EMS Crumhorn Kits. We are excited to announce the first in a new line of woodwind kits, launched at the recent Frankfurt Music Trade in early April (2009)"

 

     

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Last modification: 26 de abril de 2014
Phone:(+34) 91 450 30 50
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