Stefano Bertoli Violin Maker

handmade in Italy

Stefano Bertoli Violins

Construction of Violins, Violas
and Cellos, repair, set-up
and sound optimization

In the Lab

Activities

Construction

The main activity is the construction of bowed instruments: violins, violas and cellos. All of them are entirely handcrafted.

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Repair

The aim is to maintain the material, shape, acoustic potential and the basis of construction of the instrument.

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Setup

After an analysis of the instrument, the violin maker cooperates closely with the musician to arrive the optimal acoustic condition.

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Ancient passion

The art of violin making has ancient roots, passed down through the centuries.

The passion for this profession is born in each violin maker when they start their training and even earlier. This passion is nourished by close contact with such an ancient tradition.

"I have always been a musician but when I started at violin making school, gazing at the work of my teachers, I fell in love with the precision and the great attention to detail that is typical of craftsmanship. Step by step, the different levels involved in each individual instrument’s story turned my fascination with woodwork into a definite passion. Thus, I was completely captivated by using my hands to follow an age-old tradition yet, each time, bringing something new and original into my work".

Stefano Bertoli

The making of a violin

1. The choice of wood

The materials used to make quality instruments are quite rare. The right wood is chosen based on the balance between lightness, resistance and its acoustic properties. Once chosen, the wood is left to season for several years.

la scelta del legno - liutaio
disegno costruzione e finiture di un violino

2. Design and manufacturing

The creation of new violins originates from the models of the great eighteen-century masters. For each instrument, there is a process of imitation and innovation. The shapes are redesigned to create the structure of the internal shape, which serves as the base for the construction of the sound box. Finally, the wood is carved and polished into shape.

3. Fine-tuning and varnishing

The varnish used is home made, oil-based using natural resins. After varnishing, a lot of time is dedicated to each instrument in the assembly and set-up phase. This is a crucial moment as it is during this phase that a violin maker decides the sound he wants to give to the instrument.

The music shape

Violin making is an ancient art. It is an handcrafted technique that has remained almost unchanged since the classical era. It gives shape to the music and passes it on.

“The more mechanical  life will becomes, the more indispensable the music will be. A day will come when it will allow us to escape from the narrow meshes of technology, and to preserve it as a mighty and intact reservoir of freedom will have to be the most important task of future intellectual life”.

Elias Canetti

My instruments

The photogallery of my works so far

Visit the Lab

The space where Stefano Bertoli's violins are born is not only a place of work, but a space where sounds and dreams take shape.

To give birth to a musical instrument is a process of precision, care and love of music. Do you want to discover more?