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The cello

If musicians and violin maker are in perfect harmony ...

The cello, also called violoncello, is a very popular string instrument. Regardless of whether a professional or a beginner any musician can find his own individual instrument for himself at Violin Leonhardt.

In each orchestra one can find it - the cello. With the beautiful deep sound no longer out of classical orchestral pieces. But also in modern pieces of music the cello is a very important part. It is the only stringed instrument to be attached to the ground with a spike.

Violin Leonhardt - perfection of the violin-making in a long-standing tradition

"Whoever loves music can never be unhappy" is a quote from Franz Schubert, which always accompanies us.

The cello comes from the same family as the violin and the viola, but proportions are very different. Thanks to the larger resonance body of the cello, the great deep tone can be achieved. As a violin maker, you usually need a triple time, just like building a violin. That is why the price usually deviates from that of the violin.

In our company "Violin Leonhardt" in Mittenwald, quality comes first and inspires customers from all over the world. Since 1926 Geigenbau Leonhardt stands for tradition and quality. Since 1997, Rainer Leonhardt – Master violin Maker has been managing the company and providing every day the best possible service. The special of our Cellos, they are all equipped with our unique brand stamp, the Lyra.

We have a beautiful new building workshop, in which Cellorepair are performed and our beautiful old workshop, in which the new Celli are built and reprocessed. Find with us a place of rest and look around, only in peace you can find his perfect instrument for yourself.

There are many different work steps necessary to get a very good cello at the end. Metric ratios and scales must be strictly adhered to. Our many years of experience help us enormously. For us, varnishing is an important part of a cello's career. Here, too, many different varnishing processes are required. We use only the best natural resins, which are produced according to our own and old recipes. Resins such as, Dragon's Blood, Kopal, Shellac or Krappwurzel are special resins and colors. They are then dissolved in oil or alcohol and thus the sonic properties can be promoted. The perfect appearance of the instruments can only arise through the varnish and is therefore enormously important. We also offer cellos with solder heads in our range. We can also make certain lacquer paints or certain wood grains, or use them for the building. We try to fulfill every special request and to implement it as best as possible. The musician has high demands on his instrument and we try to implement it as best as possible. All the factors together then give the overall picture and also the perfect sounding instrument, which each musician evaluates individually. Important components of the cello are the F-hole, inlays, notes, bridge, strings, fingerboard, finest, swirl, ceiling, floor, snail and the bridge.

Tradition and experience characterize Violin Leonhardt

We feel committed to the tradition, because even in this way, not only craftsmanship, but also tonally convincing masterpieces are created. Every handmade masterpiece by violin maker Rainer W. Leonhardt is unique and unmistakable.

Components like vertebra, head and tailpiece are usually handmade in Germany or England. For our beautiful cellos, we only use high-quality, best materials. Here too, we only use high-quality precious woods, such as rosewood, bluewood, snakewood and beech tree, decorated with mother-of-pearl eyelets, wooden rifles or gold boats.

At least 5 years the noble tone is stored. Natural dried spruce and maple wood from local forests, as well as Bosnia, Italy and Austria. The best, most beautiful sound can be achieved, if the woods are hit exactly to the correct moon phase, that is with us condition. A mature phase requires wood as well as a good wine. If you are looking for an exciting discovery trip - in our wooden warehouse you will find great old aged wood, look a violin maker over the shoulder or browse our great range. You will find not only celli / violoncelli in all versions, price categories and sizes, but also all accessories, like cellocases, Cellobows or strings in different versions. There is also a selection of rosin available. There is something for everyone! Violoncello, viola and violin can be found in all sizes. 4/4, 7/8, 1/2, 1/4, or 3/4.

You are looking for an old master instrument of, for example, Mathias Klotz, Neuner or Rieger? An entry-level instrument, a new building, or a soloviolin instrument? Then you are exactly right here! Through years of experience, we are the "contact" for string instruments, such as violins, violas, cello or bass.

In our Shop you will receive everything you want from the musician's heart. From cello cases of all sizes and price classes. In the workshop, we not only rebuild instruments, but also carry out repairs and maintenance on stringed instruments. This allows us to offer our customers the best possible service.

For the musician, his craft is not just a simple cave or a buckle. For him it is swirl, stick, bridge, fingerboard with upper saddle and fine tuner. Components such as tuner, whirl, bridge, fretboard with upper saddle, fine tuner and chinrest have to be individually adapted to the musician, because this is the only way to connect the musician and his instrument. One speaks also of "the soul of the cello" with the tuning rod. We give you the perfect service around your cello.

Often customers ask us, how do I clean my cello best?

  • Before you reach for cleansing agents for the instrument, test in a small place
  • The cleaning is usually done with a simple microfiber cloth
  • In circular movements and without pressure, clean the instrument
  • With a microfiber cloth you can achieve very good results without scratching
  • Especially rosin should be removed regularly
  • At the F-holes very carefully, the instrument is particularly sensitive
  • Do not use any detergents, the varnish should be damaged
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Violin Maker Leonhardt Traditon since 1926

Only by many years of experience and attention to detail are masterpieces created

Already in the fourth generation we build violins, cellos, violas and basses in loving craftsmanship. Carefully selected and long-stored woods characterize our instruments. Continue Reading


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Rainer W. Leonhardt

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9.00 to 12.00
and 13.00 to 17.00
or weekends on appointment

Rainer W. Leonhardt

D - 82481 Mittenwald
Mühlenweg 53
Phone: +49 (0) 8823 - 8010

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9.00 to 12.00
and 13.00 to 17.00
or weekends on appointment