Hans J. Nebel Violin Repair Workshop: 2024

Violin Repair Workshop:  Summer 2024

MCLA is proud to be the preferred university by Hans J. Nebel, renowned violin repair expert, and to offer this program. Small class sizes and the hands-on nature of these programs, makes learning practical and rewarding. Nebel's advanced programs are built on an eight-part-cycle which offers a different topic each year. Our 2024 summer program will include 3 one-week long workshops in June 2024.

2024 Violin WorkShop Schedule

Week I:  June 3-7, 2024.  INTRODUCTION TO PROPER VIOLIN SET-UP AND BASIC VIOLIN IDENTIFICATION/RECOGNITION to include minor exterior repair as well as sharpening of tools  $1,000 (FULL)

Week II:  June 10-14, 2024.  FITTING OF PATCHES to include making molds, correcting misshapen arching, fitting soundpost patch, acoustical or reinforcement patches  $1,000 (FULL)

Week III:  June 17-21, 2024.  NECK RESETTING, REMOVING NECK FROM BLOCK to include making fingerboard, etc.  $1,000

Violin Repair Workshop Brochure


Attend 2 or more workshops and receive a 10% discount of total cost.

Workshops will take place in Bowman Hall on the MCLA main campus in North Adams, Massachusetts.

For questions, please contact the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at dgce@mcla.edu or



Lodging accommodations are the responsibility of the workshop participants. MCLA's Flagg Townhouses are an apartment style complex, located just across the street from Bowman Hall, where this year's workshops will take place and where parking is easily available. Rates are $500 per session including linens. Please contact MCLA Summer Housing for details: reslife@mcla.edu or 413-662-5249. Another option is Hotel Downstreet in North Adams. Ask for booking name MCLA Violin Repair Workshops for Week II and III when reservations are made before May 17, 2024. Rates are $199 per room, per night. No room block is available for Week I. Call 413-663-6500 for details.

Additional lodging options can be found at www.northadams-ma.gov, www.williamstownchamber.com and www.1berkshire.com

About Hans J. Nebel

, is a master craftsman and internationally known violin restorer, is the fourth generation of violin makers and a graduate of the Bavarian State School of Violinmaking in Mittenwald. Mr. Nebel started his professional career at Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., in New York City, where he worked for 18 years. He became a long-term disciple of Maestro S.F. Sacconi, the universally acknowledged dean and originator of modern repair technique and restoration. On suggestion of Dario D'Attili and Maestro Sacconi, he was appointed head of the restoration department at Wurlitzer, a firm that was considered the Mecca of the violin business in the United States.

Since 1974, Mr. Nebel has headed his own business in New Jersey, where he specializes in major restoration and the sale of quality stringed instruments and bows. He accompanied the New York Philharmonic on its tour of the Far East as a caretaker of their fine instruments, and was invited by the Liuteria Parmense in Parma, Italy and Violin Making School in Bilbao (Spain) to teach Master Class courses in Violin restoration for over 46 years at several universities and continues his efforts at MCLA. He is a founding member of the American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers, and a Founder of the Violin Society.