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Violin Repair Workshops,  Summer 2020 Registration NOW OPEN!!

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 2020 summer program will include four week-long workshops in June.

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2020  Violin Workshop Schedule

Week I     June1-5, 2020      Introduction to Proper Violin Set-up, Sharpening of Tools, such as Plane-Blades, Knives, Chisel & Gouges, Scrapers, etc
Week II    June 8-12, 2020     Tonal Improvements through proper graduation of Top & Back plates, fitting Bass bar and Neck-height adjustment etc; Tool Sharpening and Bushing of Peg holes.
Week III   June 15-19, 2020     Fitting of New Upper and Lower Block 
Week IV   June 22-26, 2020 Edge Repair, Edge Replacement, Edge Doubling & One-Piece-Edge-AND-Underlay

Online Registration Form

2020 Program Brochure

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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 Violin making 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.

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


Program Contact:

Division of Graduate and Continuing Education