Magazine article Strings

Arcieri Repairs 'Spanish Court' Strad Cello

Magazine article Strings

Arcieri Repairs 'Spanish Court' Strad Cello

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Nearly seven months after suffering a broken neck in an accident, the only known cello decorated by Antonio Stradivari is back on display. New York luthier Carlos Arcieri completed the repair work at Madrid's Palacio Real in a marathon session. The 1694 "Spanish Court" Stradivari cello was damaged April 13 when it fell from a table during a photo shoot, snapping the neck off at the body. The potentially catastrophic break is quite common for cellos and is considered a relatively basic repaireven for an instrument as rare and valuable as this.

The broken neck was known to be a replacement and documents show that the work was done in 1857. After researching qualified luthiers, the Spanish government asked Arcieri to bring the instrument back into shape.

The luthier flew to Madrid, with a stick of maple in his luggage, and spent nine days grafting the original scroll and pegbox to the new neck. The work was done in a temporary shop set up in a north-facing room at the royal palace, where the natural light would help with the delicate work. …

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