Students may select, based on experience level, one or two-weeks of instruction to deepen their knowledge in set-up, explore sound adjustments and minor repairs in this hand-on workshop. The fundamentals as taught by Mr. Morris in Set-up, Part I will be reinforced and expanded upon and will include dressing an ebony violin fingerboard and making a new upper nut. In addition to fitting a new sound post, bridge and tailpiece etc., Mr. Wiessmeyer will demonstrate to the class the techniques at the bench required to perform the above mentioned procedures and minor repairs including the proper gluing of seams and basic violin maintenance. Detailed attention is given to sound adjusting and problem solving. You will receive daily one on one guidance and instruction.
Open to students who participated in Basic Set-up I and Tool Use or students with previous repair experience.
Classes meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with open workshop hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Materials and Tools
One or two of the following instruments with ebony fingerboards: 4/4 violins, five string violin (preferably never set up). Two sets of fittings per instrument.
Basic toolboxes may be rented from Randy Kellogg. Thanks to the 2016 donation of tools in memory of a past participant, Adrian Teuscher, the Institute has a limited supply of tools to supplement tool box rentals. A complete list of suggested tools and materials along with tool box rental information may be found at https://training.unh.edu/violin
Paul Wiessmeyer graduated from the world-renowned violinmaking school in Mittenwald, Germany, in 1981. Subsequently he worked at the shops of Hans Weisshaar and Robert Cauer in Los Angeles before opening his own shop in LA in 1986. Since 1991, he has owned and operated Paul Wiessmeyer Violins in Boston, Massachusetts, a full-service shop specializing in repair, service, sound adjustments, and sales of violins, violas, and celli. His clients include symphony players, professional musicians, conservatory students, and schools. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin & Bowmakers and the Violin Society of America. Paul has won several gold medals for his instruments at the H. Wienawski competition and the violin making competition of the Violin Society of America. In 2016, he was selected to judge the Violin Society of America’s making competition.
Randy Kellogg has been a teaching assistant at UNH classes since 2003.He has a shop in New Hampshire where he repairs and restores violins, guitars and mandolins. He designs and builds luthier tools and builds handcrafted mandolins. Randy is also a performing musician.