This German cello (c.1900) had a crack in the neck that had been glued back together by a previous instrument repairer. However, simply gluing the pieces of the neck back together does not give a stable repair – the correct way to properly repair the instrument is to perform a neck graft.
A neck graft involves cutting the neck from the body & the scroll and grafting the scroll onto a new piece of maple. This maple piece is then shaped into a neck & fitted into the body of the cello. It’s extremely important that the angle of the neck is correct as this affects the projection of the fingerboard, the playability of the instrument & the quality of sound it can produce.
Please click on the first image below to scroll through this restoration project.