Hans J. Nebel Violin Repair Workshop: 2014

Violin Repair Workshop:  Summer 2015

MCLA is very proud to be the preferred university by Hans J. Nebel, renowned violin repair expert,  and to offer this program. Small class sizes and the hands-on nature of these programs, makes learning practical and rewarding. Nebel's advanced programs are built on an eight-part-cycle which offers a different topic each year.  Our 2015 summer program will include 4 one-week long work shops in June 2015.


2015 Violin Work Shop Schedule

Week I:  June 1-5, 2015.  Introduction to Proper Violin Set-up (Including Minor Exterior Repairs) as well as Basic Violin Identification/Recognition.

Week II:  June 8-12, 2015.  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 15-19, 2015.  Workshop in Advanced Violin Repair:  Topics to be announced.

Week IV:  June 22-26, 2015.  Workshop in Advanced Violin Repair:  Topics to be announced.


A program brochure and registration sheet/information for interested students will be posted here by January 1, 2015.


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 b.emanuel@mcla.edu