Christopher Ebersberger - Master violinmaker since 2008

My instruments are purely and faithfully hand built down to the last detail. The most important work steps are described below to demonstrate how an instrument evolves.

choosing the tonewood

It all starts with the choice of tonewood

Storing tonewood

To decide which piece of wood is best suited in terms of sound I tap it at specific points. I only use tonewood of the best quality that has seasoned for several decades. The soundboard is made from the finest mountain spruce, while the neck, back, and ribs are constructed from sycamore maple.

creating the arching

Shaping the back and top plates

First of all, the arching is roughly cut with a chisel, then planed and burnished.

The way the arching is shaped is important as this determines the volume, sound, and responsiveness of the instrument.

cutting, bending and
gluing the ribs

Creating the resonance box

The 1.2 mm ribs are cut precisely to the size required. After that, they are bent, fitted, and then glued to the top and bottom blocks and to the corner blocks and linings.

carving the neck

Carving the scroll

14 different neck chisels are used to carve the turns of the scroll


Layer upon layer for more protection, color and shine

Once the instrument has been built, varnishing can begin. The varnish is applied sparingly, layer upon layer, with a brush. It protects the wood, lends it color and shine and provides the finishing touches to a beautiful instrument. It also influences the sound of the instrument.

making the instrument
ready to play

Cutting out the bridge

Finally, the instrument is made ready for use. This means cutting the bridge precisely to the shape of the soundboard. Only in this way is the full vibration transmitted to the resonance box.


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