Cellos are so very important to me. I have probably worked on more cellos than violins and violas put together. I have an indescribable passion for them. They just warm my heart.
I understand how they function and what makes them tick. I have transformed so many through restoration and tonal improvement. I can find no reason not to work on these beautiful instruments and yet I know restorers who are fearful of cellos because of their size and complex needs. From small gluing jobs to taking a front off to restore internal issues, is so exciting to me.
The beauty of their proportions, the patina of their varnish, makes me want the best for them. The mathematical complexities of their set-up (bridge and soundpost) I understand and execute.
As well as their restoration I specialise in tonal quality. Many makers and restorers can only focus on the woodwork and the varnish. For me a cello has to ‘sound’. I can see by your set up if the instrument is not functioning to its full potential before I even hear it. I know how to improve the sound quality and offer your instrument the chance to play at its absolute optimum. If your instrument isn’t performing at its best, how can you?
When cellos are exposed to different temperatures, climates, and humidity changes occur. The wood is influenced by its surroundings, even staying in the UK from summer to winter. Cracks can appear, sound may dull. When an instrument is badly damaged it’s obvious you must bring it to me. Having a free annual consultation will allow me to offer piece of mind that these smaller issues are under control too.
Please get in touch to discuss your cellos needs.
I also help and advise on insurance claims where appropriate.