Violin Repair at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute

Violin Repair Instructors

Paul Wiessmeyer

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.

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Charles Wolf

Charles Wolf owns and operates a highly successful Orchestral String Repair & Sales business called All Four Strings, selling and repairing violins, violas, cellos, and double basses, along with their bows and accessories. While still in high school, Charlie became the stringed instrument and bow repair technician for one of the largest music stores in Orange County, CA. After a highly distinguished 35-year career in music education, Charlie returned to his passion for stringed instrument repair and restoration. Charlie is often invited to school districts and conferences to help music educators understand how to maintain a healthy orchestral instrument and to identify when there are issues that should be addressed for repair.

Violin Repair Basics: DIY Instrument Repairs for Orchestra Instruments

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Keep orchestral stringed instruments in good playing condition and in the hands of musicians. Orchestral Music Educators, Department Chairs, District VAPA Coordinators, private teachers, and anyone interested in learning more about their orchestral instrument will benefit by helping keep their stringed instruments healthy. Practicing the basic maintenance and preventative care outlined in this one-day workshop will also help keep repair expenses down. In this class, you will learn all the components of the instrument, how to properly install stings, how to clean and care for your instrument, and more.

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Basic Violin Setup I and Tool Use

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Basic Violin Set-up I & Tool Use is a hands-on introductory workshop that addresses the basics of 4/4 violin set-up and teaches some of the basic bench skills required for repair and maintenance of a full-size violin. Topics include: proper use of bench grinders; sharpening knives, plane blades, and chisels; fitting pegs in the scroll; setting and making sound- posts; and making bridges.

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Violin Setup II and Basic Repair

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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. 

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Intermediate Violin Repair and Sound Adjustment

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Individuals with previous experience with violin repair or students who have participated in UNH Violin Set-Up I and II may attend this workshop. You will gain exposure to and experience in the most common types of repairs including: gluing of cracks in instruments, cleating, taking off and re-gluing the top, neck projections, bushing pegs, simple edge replacement, and basic retouching principles.

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Advanced Violin Repair and Acoustics Studies

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In this continuation of violin repair study, students’ more advanced repair projects will be discussed and shared as classroom learning opportunities. Each student receives personalized daily instruction at the bench to guide them through their project. This workshop will focus on neck-resetting, neck shaping, coloring and varnishing of the neck, plate and bar thickness, and the gluing and retouching of old cracks. 

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