|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.
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 year 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.
is even open to the point of view of the
aforesaid people and company.
info%renwks#com (Change % for @ and # for a dot)
[Comes from the Workshop History]
When The Early Music Shop declined 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 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
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, for free, without
paying back the rights, the same
products that five years before they had sold to
In the Early Music Shop they were fully aware that Mr.
Askey wanted to maintain the workshop 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.
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 of the 30-year old one in
You can appreciate this legacy in the quality of our instruments and kits.
Beware of imitations.