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
What's a nice stick doing with a frog like this? Along with a German cello for restoration came an ordinary "trade" bow. Both are family heirlooms and both required quite extensive repair. However, the stick is a lovely piece of pernambuco and it performs brilliantly! The frog is an ordinary half mounted trade frog which would normally be attached to a brazilwood stick and one wonders how such a lovely stick was married to such an frog. Was it a later marriage? Possibly
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Nearing the end of a long restoration job on a German cello. Lots of little splits, cracks, edge repairs, varnish revival, -- you name it! now just fitting up remains.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Fourth violin this year after the first lockdown bowmaking session on April/May. First coat of final clear varnish.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
New born today! More pics later in the week!
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Replacing a worn out eyelet on a lovely German bow frog which should be a straightforward little job, but with the complication that the eyelet has seized solidly into the frog!
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Custom made seven eighths violin completed today. Oil varnished with ebony fittings trimmed with white horn. Lovely bright powerful tone.

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