Trade Secrets: Making a cello and bass mould


A lightweight design for an adaptable method of working

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By Trevor Davis

Luthier based in Austin, TX, US

I developed my mould for cellos and double basses in order to give me an accurate means to copy the incongruities of antique Italian instruments, while remaining in control of the process and preserving all the critical measurements. What follows is a surprisingly easy and concise method for bending, fitting and trimming the ribs and linings, using a lightweight and intuitive design…

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