Violin Repair Workshops,  Summer 2017

MCLA is proud to be the preferred university of Hans J. Nebel, renowned violin repair expert. Nebel's advanced programs are built on an eight-part cycle and focus on a different topic each year. Small class sizes and hands-on learning ensure that these workshops are practical and rewarding.  Our 2017 summer program will include four week-long workshops in June.

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2017 Violin Workshop Schedule

Week I     June 5-9, 2017         Introduction to Proper Violin Set-Up

To include minor exterior repairs as well as basic violin identification/recognition.

Week II    June 12-16, 2017       Tonal Improvements

To include proper graduation of top and back plates, fitting bass bar and neck height adjustment etc., and bushing of peg holes.

Week III   June 19-23, 2017       Workshop in Advanced Violin Repair

Rib-Crack repair, possibly removing worm damage and to include straightening of ribs by means of counter part, include lining repair/replacement, possibly raising neck height/extending ribs

Week IV   June 26-June 30, 2017  Workshop in Advanced Violin Repair

Edge Repair, Edge Replacement and Edge Doubling to include one-piece-edge-and-underlay (showing no external joint).

About Hans J. Nebel


Nebel, a master craftsman and internationally known violin restorer, is the fourth generation of violin makers and a graduate of the Bavarian State School of Violinmaking in Mittenwald. Mr. Nebel started his professional career at Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., in New York City, where he worked for 18 years.

He became a long-term disciple of Maestro S.F. Sacconi, the universally acknowledged dean and originator of modern repair technique and restoration. On the suggestion of Dario D'Attili and Maestro Sacconi, he was appointed head of the restoration department at Wurlitzer, a firm that was considered the Mecca of the violin business in the United States.

Since 1974, Mr. Nebel has headed his own business in New Jersey, where he specializes in major restoration and the sale of quality stringed instruments and bows. He accompanied the New York Philharmonic on its tour of the Far East as a caretaker of their fine instruments, and was recently invited by the Liuteria Parmense to teach Master Class courses in Violin Restoration in Parma, Italy. For 40 years he has taught violin repair at several universities and is happy to continue his efforts at MCLA. He is a founding member of the American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers, a Founder of the Violin Society, and a member of the International Society of Violin and Bowmakers.

Hans J. Nebel: String Surgeon
by Neil Amdur
New Jersey Monthly, September 2012


Program Contact:

Tracey Garlington
Division of Graduate and Continuing Education