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
First violin of 2021 gone to its new home today.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
A third one added and the initial costs of ground and base varnish applied! Finished by late April I think!!
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
The first two instruments of this year coming to the end of varnishing
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Just like silk satin. Can't wait to get this back finished!!
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Three violins from earlier this year
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Last one this year 23 days to get it together. This is the most critical bit, the thicknessing of the plates. On this will depend how the instrument sings!!

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