Stringed instrument making through innovation to perfection with the perfect violin maker tools
In-house development and testing of quality violin maker tools and accessories
The traditional profession of a violin maker includes not only the construction of new instruments, but also their care, maintenance and repair. More demanding tasks include the restoration and retouching of both simple and high-quality instruments. New construction involves the manufacture of stringed instruments, including not only the violin but also the viola, cello, double bass and other instruments of the viola da gamba family. For all these tasks, the violin maker needs the right violin making tools to support him in his work in the best possible way. The one or the other string instrument stranger will also find the right instrument making tool for e.g. guitar making in our shop.
Violin maker tools development for violin making
By developing new products, we at SCHILBACH have set ourselves the goal of raising the quality level of work on the instrument to the highest level of perfection. In addition to our own developments, we also test and sell tools and accessories of selected quality from other manufacturers. Tools are extremely important in violin making. They are indispensable for precision, quality and efficiency in the production of violins and other stringed instruments.
The violin maker and his tools
Precision and craftsmanship
Violin making requires extreme precision and craftsmanship. High-quality tools enable the luthier to take accurate measurements, make precise cuts and work out fine details. They help to achieve the desired shapes, curvatures and proportions required for a high quality instrument.
Efficiency and workflow
By using specialised tools, the luthier can work more efficiently and optimise the workflow. Each tool fulfils a specific function and enables the luthier to complete certain tasks more quickly and effectively. This contributes to the productivity and quality of the work.
Consistency and repeatability
The use of tools enables the luthier to achieve a certain consistency and repeatability in his work. By using certain tools, certain steps in the work can be made reproducible to achieve consistent results.
Quality and detail work
Tools used in violin making are often specially designed to meet the high demands of quality and detail work. They enable the luthier to work out subtle nuances and complex details to enhance the aesthetic beauty and sound of the instrument.
Tradition and preservation of the craft
Many of the tools used in violin making have a long tradition and are the result of centuries of experience and development. By using these tools, the craft of violin making is preserved and passed on. At SCHILBACH, we combine this tradition and blend it with state-of-the-art technology.
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Violin maker tools for the art and the craft of violin making
Violin making is the art and craft of making violins and other stringed instruments. Violin making is an ancient and highly specialised craft that requires meticulous craftsmanship, knowledge of materials and their properties, and an artistic sensibility.
A typical violin maker, also called a luthier, carefully selects the types of wood to be used for the construction of the top (vibrating plate), back and sides of the violin. Usually spruce is preferred for the top and maple for the back and sides. The wood is usually stored and dried for years to ensure that it has the optimum moisture content and strength before it is used in the construction of the instrument.
Violin making involves several steps and therefore many different violin maker tools, including shaping and cutting the wood, carving the soundholes, fitting and shaping the ribs, fitting the fingerboard and pegbox, and installing pegs and tailpieces. The process requires precise measurements and fine craftsmanship to ensure the instrument's optimal sound quality and playability.
Violin makers develop their own individual signature and style over time, which influences the sound character and aesthetic features of their instruments. A high-quality handmade instrument can be unique and produce a warm, rich sound that is appreciated by many musicians.
There are also factory violins that are industrially produced, but they usually do not achieve the same quality and craftsmanship as handmade instruments.
Violin making is a traditional craft that is passed on through schools, workshops and master-student relationships. Many luthiers have a passion for their craft and dedicate their entire lives to perfecting their skills to create beautiful and resonant instruments that inspire generations of musicians.