Last week I was invited to the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa to an event welcoming a new cello to the ‘Zukerman Musical Instrument Foundation’. The foundation works to acquire instruments for strings players of the NAC orchestra. The atmosphere in the rehearsal room was upbeat as Harold and Merle Jones of Ottawa, who [...]
For the next two weeks my assistant, Charline Dequincey, is taking a well earned vacation. We still have restoration work waiting to be done. For a few years I’ve had an old French cello in storage needing repair. I wanted it playable to present to clients looking for a good cello.
So it was fortunate that [...]
This week I flew to Washington to visit the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. Both museums have great collections of string instruments and in particular I went to see the Stradivari ‘Servais’ cello from 1701. I already had some information on the ‘Servais’. The purpose of this trip was to gather more information, measurements, [...]
On my centre bench is a new cello with a poplar back that’s almost complete. I am now giving the varnish a final polish and setting up the instrument.
In the foreground is the beginning of another cello. The back, sides and neck will be made from maple. In the photo the two centre ribs are [...]
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Pictured on the bench is the Stradivari model cello my assistant and I are making. Inside the sides have been reinforced with cloth.
Stradivari reinforced the sides of his cellos with linen cloth. The sides on our cello [...]