|I have been a violin maker since
1974. For years I studied the great instruments of antiquity while working as a
restorer in fine shops. Today I bring that knowledge to my own creations as I
concentrate exclusively on making new instruments.
If your ideal of
violoncello tone is a clear, crisp, and powerful C-string, a rich, fat A-string
that has a hint of sizzle, and everything in-between as smooth as butter, then
you should consider one of my instruments. They are powerful, yet nimble and
responsive, as well as being remarkably comfortable to play.
original instrument designs are inspired by Guarneri Del Gesu, and have the
warm, full-throated voice of his best work. Their lively sound, even throughout
the range of the instrument, is flexible, rich, and complex, with a
wide-spectrum palette of tone color. You will find responsiveness, clarity, and
focus at your disposal, whether at ppp or FFF. Along with
their sweet smoothness, my instruments have the power and projection
appropriate for a range of musical needs, and are being played in chamber,
orchestral, and solo settings. While no one instrument can do all things
perfectly for all players, if you tell me your needs I can create one that will
match meet your specific situation.
Players fall in love with my
instruments for their elegant sound and also their playability. The seamless
comfort of my setup and neck work will give you unparalleled security and
freedom in performance. They are an excellent choice as a primary instrument or
as a companion to give your antique instrument a rest.
Did I mention
that they are also beautiful to look at? I search the world for the finest
materials to create my instruments and varnish them with an oil varnish I make
myself to achieve maximum tonal and visual beauty. The result is a
one-of-a-kind work of art, handmade with love, to be cherished for lifetimes.
Now that you have an idea of my work, I hope you will visit me and
hold one in your hands. If a picture is worth a thousand words, playing one
will be worth a thousand pictures.
If you would like to arrange to
play one of my violoncellos, or have any questions, please e-mail me at
AMDG@rufinoviolins.com or call me