I have always been enchanted by the whalebone purfling in antique instruments. Many Dutch makers used whalebone, as well as Antonio Gragnani. Why not use whalebone now? The problem is that the sale…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Nate Tabor Oct 23, 2010.
I am thinking of building a viola pomposa, now currently selecting the wood. Does anyone out there know where I can get custom-made pegs, and fittings for this? My supplier in Germany has none. Also,…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Nate Tabor Mar 29, 2010.
Finally the most pleasing reward for some much labor and hard work, being able to play and enjoy the violoncello. In the end I have very close if not exact to the tone I had dreamed of; the bass tenor range of such an instrument with a smaller corpus and the lovely 5th E string open up worlds undreamed of with a classical 4 string cello.…Continue
Posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments
Posted on October 16, 2013 at 1:32am
Now its time to relax a bit after the hard work of tuning the plates. I have cut the corner blocks and glued them to the back plate. Best to wait a day or so for the glue to dry, so one can either pace around the workshop, read a book, etc... or start work on some of the fittings that the violoncello will soon be needing.…Continue
Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments
One can see now I have a general idea of where this baroque cello is headed. But the back arching is way too high! This is on purpose, as I have a specific method of plate tuning which I shall explain. I want to have a lot of choices when creating the final arching, which means lots of wood to work with. At this…Continue
Posted on July 6, 2013 at 11:51pm — 2 Comments