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
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.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
Lovely little restoration job on a Silver mounted German Meinel violin bow frog.

The heel plate is missing from the frog and a replacement needs to be made. There are complications though. It is fairly unusual to have a rounded heel on a violin bow frog and the heel plate will need to be made from a single piece of silver. Photos show the whole process.
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
New Lock Down Cello Bows. 78 - 82 grammes
Rudolf Pilsel
Rudolf Pilsel
I don't do repairs on double basses as a norm, but a request from a friend of a friend to mend a broken neck broke my resolve! "My bass has fallen over and its neck has snapped off".

This is a common injury. A double bass head, armed with machine heads is very heavy and if it topples something will break, most usually the neck root where it joins the body!

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