“In silvis viva silui, canora Iam mortua cano”

Whether aspiring artist or serious student, every violinist, violist and cellist should consider master instruments by Nicolo Gabrieli. They represent exceptional European crafted instruments at every level, finished and perfected in the United States.

Nicolo Gabrieli’s underlying concept is providing players extraordinary instruments through the use of superior European tonewoods, and combining the skilled workmanship of both dedicated European and American master luthiers to synergistically bring forth the very best each individual instrument has to offer.

Each Nicolo Gabrieli violin, viola or cello is crafted exclusively from premium European tonewoods sourced in Bosnia, Germany and Romania, traditional regions where the indigenous spruce and maple have long been prized by luthiers since the days of Stradivari for their superior acoustic properties. Control over this aspect of production, including annual selection and harvest of the actual trees, and loft seasoning of the harvested tonewood, ensures the availability of stable, premium tonewoods far into the future.

Additional Nicolo Gabrieli pre-professional models and single maker professional models available; limited new commissions accepted.

The remarkable transformation begins with preliminary handcrafting by skilled luthiers in select European ateliers in Romania and Germany. The instruments are then brought to the United States, where established American luthiers disassemble and re-evaluate each instrument individually, and then refine and enhance each instrument.

Evaluating the quality and age of the wood, testing the flexibility of the plates, refining the graduation and precise shape and placement of components such as the bass bar are all painstakingly undertaken with the sole objective of generating in each instrument the projection, balance and response characteristics of a fine string instrument. Finally, to emulate the subtle, natural patina of older instruments, a distinctive, antiqued oil varnish formulated of multilayered pigments and varnish is then applied before final finishing and set up.

The results speak for themselves: superb instruments built in the true master art tradition at price points accessible to advancing players.

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