Callier-Scollard Violins
Craig Scollard

50 E. Green St. Suite 142
Pasadena, CA 91105
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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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Tip for measuring a neck to make sure it's in the center.

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Here is a another cello with a broken next.  I have fixed hundreds of these. Three screwed pins at the correct angle and lenght works the best. Also clamping so that you are not fighting gravity makes things a lot easier. Once the end grain has been flattened to match the fingerboard, it's dyed black and sealed.

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Comments (3)
Broken cello neck
# -17
Wednesday, 10/28/2020
Zanyah
My cello bag strap snapped and had a hard fall. The neck is completely broken off and of course, the strings and bridge are off. I am wondering about the approximate cost. I need it fixed asap I have a recording coming up.
Repairing a broken Cello neck.
Thursday, 11/05/2020
Craig Scollard
Zanyah, Cello necks can be securly repaired. Usually the cost is between $75 - $100 if the fingerboard does not need to be removed.
Cello repair
# -18
Wednesday, 04/29/2020
Wendy Jacobs
Hi I have a beautiful sentimental cello that had a little d fall and now has a small crack just under the base of the head. I was wondering if it is possible to fix and approximate price?

Thanks
Cello Scroll Repair
Friday, 05/29/2020
Craig Scollard
Wendy,

From your description it seems like it's a fairly minor repair. Without seeing the cello it's diffucult to give an estimate. If it's a very small crack just gluing it might be sufficient, my guess would be $35. If it's a large crack it might need to be glued and pinned which would cost about $75.

Craig
cello neck snapping
# -19
Wednesday, 06/19/2019
Lilly
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
Lilly,

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.

Thanks,
Craig

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