Instrument prices (as of 1 July 2016) are:
Violin : A$12,000
Viola : A$13,000
Cello : A$26,000
Commissioned instruments require a deposit of 25%, with the balance payable on completion. You are encouraged to be involved in all stages of the making process, from choosing the model and the wood to deciding on the varnish colour and fittings. You are under no obligation to purchase the finished instrument, and if you do not choose to do so then your deposit will be refunded in full when the instrument has been subsequently sold.
Another alternative is to contact Adele with an expression of interest. When she finishes an uncommissioned instrument she will let you know, and you will be given an opportunity to take the instrument out on trial with an option to purchase it.
Instruments can be taken on loan for one week so that you can try them out in familiar surroundings and seek advice from others about the sound quality and projection. Extensions to this one week trial period may be available by arrangement.
Payment is required in full before you will be able to take final possession of the instrument. The instrument can be reserved for you with a suitable deposit, and you can make payments over time, but you will need to complete payment before you will be able to take the instrument. Unfortunately it is not possible to offer any other form of time-payments.
The purchase price is on a par with other professional makers in Australia and represents a fair payment for the time and expertise involved in producing a fine hand-made instrument. No discounts are given for cash, nor are commissions paid to any third party for sales or recommendations (except when instruments are sold on consignment through a recognised violin dealer).
A new instrument changes more in the first year than at any other time in its life. As it is played it will become more responsive and the sound will fill out and increase in power. It will also begin to adapt itself to conform to the demands of your particular playing style. In this period the plates of the instrument usually "give" slightly and it may be necessary to fit a new (usually longer) soundpost to maintain the quality of sound. Also the angle of the neck (the elevation) can change slightly as it reacts to a different climate and some bridge adjustments (or even a new bridge) may also be required.
In the first year it is very important to have the instrument serviced regularly so that the appropriate adjustments can be made.
Various other parameters contributing to "playability" (such as neck thickness, pegs, tailpiece, chinrest, endpin or spike, strings, etc) are supplied as standard and can usually be modified to suit individual requirements.
Please note that all adjustments and modifications in the first year are carried out free of charge.
Adele's workmanship is guaranteed for life.
She takes great pride in the quality of her instruments and feels that satisfied owners are the best possible recommendation. Adele is always very interested in monitoring the progress of her instruments and will do all that she can to maintain them to their optimum playing condition.