Born in London, David started his studies in medical school and intended to become a surgeon but discovered that being color blind, surgery would be impossible. Instead, he went in an entirely different direction, becoming a flamenco guitarist with a gypsy group in Spain. He then started making guitars, then harpsichords and baroque violins. He moved to Cambridge in 1979 and concentrated on violin making, developing an excellent reputation for his instruments. David died in 2000 at the age of 65.