Callier-Scollard Violins
Craig Scollard

50 E. Green St. Suite 142
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 795-2870

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Cello Neck Repair

Here is a cello neck that was sheared off. Since it was an inexpensive cello with centimental value, I repaired it without doing a neck graft. Here are some work in progress pictures.

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I fix a lot of cello necks but usually don't take any photos because it's fairly straight forward. Here is on where it was broken at quite an angle.

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Comments (1)
cello neck snapping
# 1
Wednesday, 06/19/2019
HELP my cello neck is snapping. we figured because of the pressure from the pegbox and strings. My fingerboard needed adjusting. iv only had it for 2 days though. How long will this take to fix because I have a concert coming up.
Repairing Broken Cello Necks
Saturday, 06/22/2019
Craig Scollard

From your description I'm guessing that the heal of the neck is cracked. If there is no visible crack and the fingerboard height has moved then the neck could be pulling out of the body.

Usually a cello neck can support the pressure from the strings unless there is a flaw in the wood, it was dropped or damaged during shipping. The reason the fingerboard needs adjusting is because of the crack, once it's repaired the string height should be correct.

If it's a student cello, the best way to repair the cello neck is to glue and pin it and after that type of repair the neck is very solid and secure. A repair for a student cello is about $75 and because I'm busy it takes a week or two to repair it.


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