Rudolf Pilsel

Rudolf began working in wood at the age of fifteen, fascinated by the possibilities of making beautiful things from  this natural material. A degree in design in the early 1970’s rounded off formal education during which time, under the tutelage of Wilfred Saunders, a violin maker working in Nottingham, Rudolf made his first violin.

Rudolf Pilsel

Established in Crewe, Cheshire, his workshop produced all instruments of the violin family, along with bows for the same. These instruments and bows quickly came to the attention of professional players, teachers and students. Over the next forty plus years, the steady production of high quality instruments has graced the platforms of the leading concert venues being played by professional musicians, teachers, amateurs and students.

Rudolf Pilsel

Maker of the finest Violins, Violas, Cellos and Bows.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
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Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
New cello ribs on the former.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Restoration of a worn Max Moller, Amsterdam, cello bow frog from a bow which has obviously been loved and used by its former owner.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
It had to come of really, didn't it?
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Bit of dilemma on a Mirecourt violon which is in for an overhaul. Dirty and in need of fingerboard shooting, a new bridge and a good clean, one of a number of cracks is on the table is open. The violin is not very valuable and the crack is reasonably clean. It is on the treble side so that the soundpost slightly elevates the table toward the centre join. Do I glue it from the outside with some strong animal glue and let it set or do I whip the front off the instrument and stud the crack on the inside? The latter is a more certain repair but will be an uneconomic proposition? What would you do?
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Planing cello ribs by hand is a bit of a laborious task but very satisfying! Each shaving is .025mm thick to leave a very good finish on highly figured wood. The ribs are finished to 1.6mm for the c bouts and 1.7-1.8 for the upper and lower ones.

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