Cracovia Workshop Viola

We have a wide selection of violas for trial at Fegley Instruments and Bows. The latest feature is the Cracovia Workshop violas. These are great instruments for a reasonable rate. This Cracovia workshop viola is available at a discounted rate of $2,800. They are made in a modern workshop in Poland. This particular viola feature is a 17” and was built in 2004, it is difficult to find nice bigger violas lately and I am happy to have a few of these Cracovia Workshop instruments available for trial. Schedule an appointment today to try our selection of violas under $3,000. Call the shop today!


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Stradivari Cello Continued

The Stradivari cello is now at it’s new home in Virginia. I am very happy with how this cello turned out. It has a great golden orange varnish and we decided to do a “new” finish on the instrument. I enjoy making Stradivari cellos because the more the musician digs into the instrument the more the cello will project. I have found that Stradivari cello models do very well in concert halls. You want to see the sound carry all the way to the back of the concert hall and Stradivari models tend to do the trick. Below are a few photos of the cello building progress! If anyone is interested in a handmade cello I would be more then happy to put you in contact with my last two cello commission builds so they can share their experience working with me.


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Guarneri del Gesu Violin


In 2012 I built a violin named ‘Rockefeller’, it is a Giuseppe Guarneri model. Guarneri is also known as del Gesu. Del Gesu instruments often have a very unique sound having a darker and more robust tone. Most of the remaining Guarneri del Gesu instruments are violins while some cellos are in existence.

‘Rockefeller’ was my first Guarneri violin model that I built. At the North Bennet Street School we mostly focused on Stradivarius models when it came to violins. Stradivarius instruments tend to have a very clean and precise look about them. They also have a very bright, in your face type of sound quality to them, making them ideal for a soloist. I was happy to have this 2012 violin in for a check up for a new bridge and sound post!


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Todd Goldenberg Violin

My latest addition to my collection of violins is a modern violin by Todd Goldenberg, made in 2003. Todd began his career as a guitar maker where he studied with maker Rob Ehlers. He moved to Chicago were he intended to expand his training in the guitar world but he was hired by the Bein And Fushi firm and he has been making violins ever since. He later moved to Michigan where he worked for nine years at Shar Music, working closely with David Burgess before opening his own workshop.


Todd makes fine violin, violas and cellos in his workshop in North Berwick, Maine. In 2006 Todd earned a silver medal for cello tone in the V.S.A. Competition. Todd taught at the North Bennet Street School. This is a fine example of Todd Goldenberg’s work. This violin is available for trial at $12,500.


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Stradivari Cello

My latest custom cello build is a commissioned cello for a young player. We are building a Stradivarius cello, providing him with a powerful, even tone to carry him throughout his music career. Stradivarius cellos are a great build, they are not only beautiful but have a fantastic range of power for a brand new cello. As always all of my McDevitt made instruments are handmade with the finest selection of materials.


Featured in the selection of photos are the ribs being bent and glued. And the back selection of maple and rough cut out, ready for the arching to be started!


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Old Violin Restoration

Here is a small violin restoration that I did for one of my clients a few months back. His father played this violin for him when he was just a young boy. He held on to this old violin for many years in unplayable condition to remind him of his father. He never thought that it was possible to have it restored due to the poor condition that it was in when he first brought it into the shop to have me look it over.


I was able to share the good news that I would be able to restore the instrument back to playable condition without too much difficulty. Now I’m not saying that this was an easy violin repair by any means, but definitely a restoration that could be done! After a few long months of some tedious gluing, cleating cracks, new upper and lower blocks, new pegs, new fingerboard, etc. This violin was ready for some final set up work to make it sing once again after all of these years. I am happy to say that my client now gets to enjoy his father’s old violin and he plays the instrument on the regular!


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Charles Collin-Mezin fils

Collin-Mezin was the son of Charles J.B. Collin dit Mezin pere. His father was originally from Mirecourt but established himself in Paris and trained his son Collin-Mezin took over the family workshop after his father’s death in 1923. Charles J.B. Collin was one of the leading French makers of the 19th century, Joseph Joachim played on one of his violins. He also won medals at three Paris competitions. He generally made Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari models. He was also a bow maker. Collin-Mezin was fortunate enough to train under his father; most of his instruments were made for his father and followed his model. Eventually he took on a more personal style of his own. This is a fine example of Collin-Mezin fils work. He lived from 1870-1934.



Gabriel David Buchstetter

Buchstetter worked out of Stadtamhof, Regensberg Germany circa. 1730-1780. He was the son of Christoff Buchstetter, a well-regarded maker. Buchstetter mostly delivered Stradivari models and was a fine craftsman. His varnish was often opaque and thin, a very common use for the place and time. Buchstetter generally speaking always used a fine selection of materials. His Stradivari f-holes were well carved with subtle fluting at the lower wings. The scrolls were known to be very distinctive with a long neck and deep/open throat.


This particular Buchstetter is a copy. It is a small viola measuring 15 3/8”. It has a violoncello style scroll with a named carved into the back near the button.


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Cellos For Sale

This has been the month of the cello! I had the opportunity to add a few more to the Fegley Collection this week. Quality cellos for sale under $5,000 are getting hard to find these days. With all of the inexpensive imports coming in I am happy that I can still purchase most of my inventory privately through players or retired players. I added two German cellos to my inventory this week. These cellos are in fine condition and are now available for trial! I also have an older American made cello by Joseph Kaye, a maker originally from Reading and made his way out to Pittsburgh where most of his instruments were a high quality and played in the local Symphony. If you are looking for quality cellos for sale that won’t break the bank Fegley’s is the place to come…

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Guadagnini Viola Build

G.B. Guadagnini is regarded as the greatest violin maker of the second half of the 18th Century; his original style produced some of the best instruments in history. A great reason to copy the famous violin maker! Little is known about the training of Guadagnini. There are insufficient amounts of information to connect the dots with but we will leave his training for a later discussion… Guadagnini wasn’t like most makers who practice their craft in the same location for their careers. G.B. Guadagnini started making instruments in Piacenza, before moving to Milan in 1749 following the great cellist Carlo Ferrari. He learned much from Ferrari while adjusting his cellos molds. Guadagnini next followed Ferrari to Parma where he continued his craft for 12 more years. Finally, Guadagnini moved to Turin in 1771 where he met the famous violin collector Count Cozio. Cozio later became his patron, and was responsible for the commission of some of Guadagnini’s finest works. The Count acquired the remaining articles from the Stradivari workshop from the maker’s grandson Paolo around 1774. Which rewarded Guadagnini with the opportunity to acquaint himself with the great master’s work first hand. After this opportunity Guadagnini adopted Stradivari’s models more frequently and his labels reflect that period. I love copying Guadagnini’s work, his wood selection is unparalleled and his varnish is a brilliant red.

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