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
British Violin Makers' Association Makers' Day February 2020.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Two most recent violins "at rest"!
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
The last of this year's violins together in the white prior to varnishing.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Increasing in use, with the supposed difficulty with obtaining traditional pernambuco bows, composite or carbon fibre bows are advertised as the answer! Even traditional horsehair is sometimes abandoned in favour of artificial substitutes. No problem with that but a recent rehairing job on one of these bows caused me to have a serious rethink. These are effectively "plastic bows" which will be around for millennia and in these days of environmental awareness, I ask are these sustainable as a "product", for a product of industry they certainly are, which is claimed to be virtually indestructible! Whilst the sticks are going to be around forever will they stand the test of time in use?

This question arose on doing the hairing job on a cello bow five or six years old and finding things not quite as one would expect!!
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
New 16 inch (406 mm) viola. Busy this year with bows and repairs I still find time for new instruments. This viola completed in November, has a one piece back and an easily produced rich, full tone!
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Interesting find on opening a frog from an Otto Durrschmitt violin bow.

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