World-Class Viola & Cello Makers: Who Are They?
Posted 28 February 2002 - 06:29 PM
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Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.
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Posted 02 March 2002 - 05:01 AM
I detest Wayne Burak instruments.
but overall I think the finest maker in the USA, at least, is David Caron.
He is selling his cellos for 40K, and has a waiting list.
I think that means a lot.
Posted 02 March 2002 - 06:54 AM
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Posted 03 March 2002 - 09:59 AM
Violin and bow makers have had their turns, so isn't it about time for Viola and Cello? Nominations, please!
We could get into a length discussion about violas. There's a lot of history and misunderstanding about the viola you'll discover if you delve into it. Berlioz complained about the sound of most violas. Wagner wanted 6 Ritterbratschen (viola alta) in his Bayreuth orchestra. There are few violin makers (some excellent) that really understand the viola. But they are out there. In my personal opinion I believe Roger Hargrave to be a great viola (and cello) maker. Another viola specialist is Bruckner & Bruckner from Erfurt, Germany. They have 5 violas in one prominent orchestra, 7 in another as well as the principle violist of Bayreuth. Their prices are also good. Another fine viola maker is Udo Kretzschmann in Markneukirchen. Although I know some very fine violin makerrs in Italy I'm not aware of any fine viola makers there. In France you have Chaudiere ande Ravatin. IN USA your top international names are Moes and Zygmuntowicz.
Cellos: Several top european soloists are now playing Wolfgang Schnabl (Bubenreuth), who is a cello specialist. Americans have also discovered him. Yo Yo Ma plays a wonderful Moes. I could stand to be corrected but I believe the cello he is holding on the cover of the Feb. Strad magazine is his Moes.
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Posted 06 March 2002 - 05:34 AM
I have a friend with a Caron, and her husband has a Matsuda. The Matsuda is a great cello, make no mistake, but there's
Pay the deposit for a Caron, and wait a year.
You'll be glad you did.
Posted 06 March 2002 - 11:00 AM
For cellos, the man who made a decent violin for me, John Burdette, has done some really great cellos for Philadelphia Orchestra members. I hear he's still living in the Cherry Hill area.
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