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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
The Nurnberger family workshop created a great number of high-quality bows throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the firms bows are featured in the Tourte model making this style bow a signature of the workshop. There were various makers of the family who used the family’s brand including Franz Albert Jr., his son Carl Albert, grandson Karl Albert and the great-grandson Christian Albert. While these makers used the firms’ stamp they can be distinguished from one another with great expertise. They are often described as a bow made by the Nurnberger family/workshop.