Cello repair –

Posted on | September 13, 2009 | 1 Comment|

The cello side shown below is from an 18th Century German cello made in Mittenwald by a member of the Klotz family. The ribs over the years had been cracked in various places and had some wood worm damage as well.

It was brought into the workshop for restoration.

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We used a variety of techniques to reinforce the many cracks in the ribs. In the example above, a crack in the rib ran right next to the spruce lining inside. To avoid removing, or cutting the original wood my assistant fitted 3 spruce studs inside going from the rib over the lining to reinforce the crack. So no original wood was lost or disturbed and the crack is held closed.

The end of the studs are cut at an angle in an effort to avoid future cracks.

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  1. Harry San Miguel
    November 26th, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    I’m trying to determine if a cello I’m having restored is a Klotz. Can you offer any help or suggest someone

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
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    1997 Silver medal for viola in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2010 Bronze medal for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2014 Workmanship award for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2016 Silver Workmanship medal for cello in the VSA Violin Making Competition, USA.

    Member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers and Violin Society of America.

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