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Violin Repair Workshop:  Summer 2014

MCLA is very proud to be the preferred university by Hans J. Nebel, renowned violin repair expert,  to offer this program. Given the small class size and the hands-on nature of these programs, you'll find information gained practical and rewarding. Nebel's advanced programs are built on an eight-part-cycle which offers a different topic each year.  Our 2014 summer program will include 4 one-week long work shops in June 2014.


2014 Violin Work Shop Schedule

Week I:  June 2-6, 2014.  Introduction to Proper Violin Set-up (Including Minor Exterior Repairs) as well as Basic Violin Identification/Recognition.

Week II:  June 9-13, 2014.  Tonal Improvements through proper Graduation of top and back plates, Fitting Bass- bar and Neck height- adjustment etc., as well as Basic Violin Identification/Recognition.

Week III:  June 16-20, 2014.  Workshop in Advanced Violin Repair:  Making Molds to reshape sunken Arching, fitting Reinforcement Patches, such as Sound Post Patch etc.

Week IV:  June 23-27, 2014.  Workshop in Advanced Violin Repair:  Neck-Resetting, to include removing Neck from Block, fitting Addition to Upper Block, Ribs, Top and Neck heel, Including Finger Board, as well as fitting Ebony Crown. 


Link here for Program Brochure

Link here for Registration Form

About Hans J. 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 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.

For more information, please call 413.662.5576  or email to