Repair to C18th English Cello with broken neck
This old English cello, although unlabelled, contains contains a number of repairers marks, the earliest dating from 1822. Most notably it contains a repairers label by Dearlove, handwritten, stating that it was exhibited at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851.
The wood on the heel of the neck was checking significantly and after a very slight knock to the back of the scroll the heel of the neck broke off about two thirds of the way up. Whilst the classic repair, and the most robust repair, would be to carve a new neck and graft the original peg box into it, the owner wanted to retain as much original wood as possible. We therefore devised an approach which involved recovering the original neck route by removing the top block, regluing it to the neck and then internally hollowing out the heel and inserting a new piece of wood to provide strength. The strengthened neck was then refitted to the cello body and conventionally glued into position.