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  Reeds

   Acordeon

   Bagpipes

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   Curtal

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   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 ...

 
The Rumour of Closure  

The following is our point of view -built on many documents, testimonials and our own experience- about why the directors of The Early Music Shop decided to publish the untrue closure of the Renaissance Workshop Company and did not want to rectify.

The aim of this page is to dispel all uncertainty about the history, the activity and the rights of the Renaissance Workshop Company Ltd. It is not our intention to start a debate or to damage the image of The Early Music Shop, its owners or its directors. We only want to reconstitute the image of the RWC with the real truth. We understand that the damages will be repaired in the Courts.

The publication of the closure of RWC and the ensuing settle of a new workshop by EMS has damaged quite a lot the results of our company in the last years. We have had to make big extra efforts to maintain our customers well informed as we do not have the financial strength to contradict all the information published by EMS. Finally we have decided to put our point of view in the Internet so that can be accessible to all interested people.

This page is open to publish any veracious information that you can have (for example, if you have any of the new products manufactured in the last years by EMS and you want to manifest the similarities or differences, or if you were persuaded that RWC was closed and then you searched for other maker, etc.). We could publish an excerpt of your message maintaining secret your identity.

This page is even open to the point of view of the aforesaid people and company.

Contact at: inf%renwks#com (Change % for @ and # for a dot)

[Comes from the Workshop History]
When The Early Music Shop declined in 2004 to re-purchase the workshop, Mr. Askey sought and found another partner.

Probably, this was not the destination which the directors of the EMS had dreamed. They wanted to have their own workshop but accordingly to the agreement signed with Mr Askey in 1999, J. Wood & Sons Ltd. (The Early Music Shop) sold all the designs and copyrights of its product range and also the possibility to produce or have produced in the future anything similar.

The EMS undertook "not to produce or have produced any product of a similar design..." but if either part "ceases to trade in a given product or group of products, the other party can, by agreement with the other party, trade in that product".

For us, it is obvious now that they had never renounced to have their own workshop (for example, contrary with which they did with other makers, they always marketed our products, as if they had been produced by EMS) and they saw in the hypothetical closure of the RWC the possibility to produce again, without paying back the rights, that's is for free, the same products that five years before they had sold to Mr. Askey.

In the Early Music Shop they were fully aware that Mr. Askey wanted to maintain the workshops trading and that he was hard working full time on that. Despite of these facts, EMS extended the rumour,  publishing in its website and sending out 25,000 newsletters stating that RWC had closed and with this excuse they started to announce their new workshop and started to produce copies of most of our copyrighted designs (see below why we say being copies).

When we asked them to rectify that information they still published a "farewell to Jonathan" and some other news insisting in the closure of the RWC. We still hope that they will be sending a correction with a full apology to you in due course.

Since then, the EMS has never put an order to RWC and have announced the establishment of a new workshop that produces the same vast range of products of RWC with the same characteristics and designs and after the same originals. The EMS has also entrusted other workshops with the production of musical instruments in kit form, that are the distinctive products of RWC, with the same characteristics and in many cases offered with the brand EMS. Many of those new workshops that produce the copies for EMS are located in developing countries of the far East. This fact hinders the prosecution that the English and European courts are dealing against the EMS and those workshops due to the violation of the agreements between EMS and RWC, including the ownership of the copyrights.

The following facts lead us to think that their "new" products are copies of our designs, although sometimes with small modifications or with added accessories:

The description of the "new" products are exactly the same and based after the same originals, including both kits and finished instruments.

According to them, they developed the complete product range, set the new workshop up, wrote the instruction manuals, and drew the new plans, everything from scratch, in only few months. In the same period and working full time, we have not had time to completely settle the workshops in their new home. Either they are supermen or we are very inefficient.

The EMS has announce the closure of the RWC, has prevent us from participating in the Greenwich International Festival & Exhibition of Early Music that they organize (not badly) and has try to avoid our adverts being published in some media.

and many more

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.

[Back to the history of the renaissance workshop Company]

 


(*) 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 anounce 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
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