Instrumets at Liuteria Dalla Quercia

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Construction of the instrumets

The first stage of construction is the selection of the materials. Only the very finest materials
are used by Frank Eickmeyer who chooses them himself, starting with the wood.


A split spruce of extremely narrow grain (18th century)

A split spruce of extremely narrow grain (18th century)

Selecting Maple wood,

Violin maker Daniele Canu from Pesaro, selecting
maple logs with Francesco Dalla Quercia
Sawing of Maple Logs for Violin making

Maple logs, chosen for making Violins and Cellos, are always sawn radially
A maple from Bosnia, chosen for instrument making

Maple from Bosnia
Old Spruce, detail of grain

Old Spruce, detail of grain
Viola being constructed by Francesco dalla Quercia

Modelling the curves of a viola body involves several different tools. Francesco starts using a gouge, then finger planes of decreasing sizes.
Finally, instead of sand paper, a piece of sharkskin or a plant called "horse-tail" (Equisetum palustre), rich in silicon.

cello back (model after Domenico Montagnana)

In this photo we see a cello back (model after Domenico Montagnana) after modelling it with a flat gouge.

To control the curves Dalla Quercia uses highline so that the shape can acquire a third dimension.

Finger Planes used to shape the  violins and cellos

Different sizes of finger planes used to shape the internal and external curves

The stamp of guarantee genuinr Francesco Dalla Quercia, Liuteria

Linings and blocks, made of willow or spruce at Liuteria Dalla Quercia

Linings and blocks are generally made either of spruce or of willow. Guarnieri del Gesù used spruce.

Block and linings in old spruce (18th. century) in a violin of Dalla Quercia.

A label is no conclusive proof of genuineness in itself (It is possible to see fake labels almost every day). That's why I brand my instruments on different inner positions and deliver them with warranty certificates. I started doing so after recent scandals involving some Italian dealers selling Chinese instruments as if they were Italian.

Liutaio                 Francesco Dalla Quercia, lables on Violins, Viola and Cellos

Labels on more recent instruments will be different to those shown above. Whilst the border is always the same, the town may be: Cremona, Bologna, Bosa or Marseille

The closing of the instrument (sideview)

The closing of the instrument (view from above)

Finishing the instrument at Liuteria Dalla Quercia

Inner finishing is even more important than the outer,
for the final acoustic quality of an instrument
Boxwood pegs for a Baroque Cello at Liuteria Dalla Quercia

Pegs (lathe-turned boxwood) for a baroque cello.
Cellos drying in the sunshine at Liuteria Dalla Quercia

Before being varnished, plates are seasoned in the open air,
on the sunny Sardinian hills.

A good tan will better their look as well as their sound.

Francesco Dalla Quercia, maker of beautiful violins, violas and cellos
Cello by Francesco Dalla Quercia
Liuteria Dalla Quercia, fine violins, violas and cellos
The deep stain, accurately laid by the maker, is now turned by the Italian sun into a dark-golden coating.
An oil varnish gives a noble aspect to the instruments and gives elasticity to the plates that sounds better.


The tools of Francesco Dalla Quercia, for making Cellos, Violas and Violins




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