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Phone: (402) ***-****  HQ Phone
A. Cavallo Violins LLC
OMAHA , Nebraska 68114
United States

Company Description: A. Cavallo Violins - a violin shop serving Omaha NE and the surrounding region

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    The New World School of Violin Making


  • M.S degree , Industrial Education
    University of Wisconsin
  • B.S Degree , Industrial Education
    University of Wisconsin
  • Chicago School of Violin Making
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Instruments, Violins, Artistic - A. Cavallo Violins, LLC, 4 Mar 2014 [cached]
Violin by Brian Derber
For inquiries: (402) 827-9270
In this case, Brian Derber is ..., 14 Sept 2011 [cached]
In this case, Brian Derber is the master, although in the United States there is no formal "master violin maker" certification, as there is in Europe. But Derber's the real deal: He graduated from the Kenneth Warren & Son School of Violin Making in Chicago (now the Chicago School of Violin Making), then taught there for eight years after attaining his master's in industrial education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. "I felt that the violin was a form that I would never tire of," he says. This education and expertise, coupled with a natural ability to juggle his own projects while patiently assisting six students, makes him uniquely suited for the profession. His long beard, floor-length apron and quiet, studious demeanor add to the old-world feel of the place.
Five days each week, for 16 weeks a semester, Derber and his students hand-fashion their instruments. No woodworking experience is required and students don't have to be musicians - although most are. They come from far and wide - Missouri to Montana - to learn from Derber. His shop is one of only a handful of private violin-making schools in the U.S. today - 99 percent of violins are factory-made.
The school's structured program takes three or more years to complete, and students walk away with six or seven completed instruments: four violins, a viola and their choice of either a cello or two smaller instruments. Building a cello can be particularly daunting. "It can feel like boatmaking the first time," Derber says.
He knows what he's talking about: Derber has built more than 100 instruments, all from the violin family. He's become known for the beauty and quality of his work, selling 70 percent of them to date. His violins attract serious collectors and each sells for several thousand dollars.
Making a violin is no easy task, especially when the bodies must be made entirely by hand. Using Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri violins as models, students must become adept at making freehand drawings, forms and cutouts of violin bodies, within precise tolerances. "Sometimes we're working with measurements of less than a tenth of a millimeter," Derber says.
The violin face is made of spruce, which Derber says has the best tonal quality. "Many people think the curve on the top is bent wood, but it's sculpted that way," he says. Students first chisel the top of the arch, then the underside, and then finally cut out F-holes on either side of the face. It's a pain-staking - and critical - operation since the arch is what most affects sound. Derber, though, has a confident, matter-of-fact attitude about sound: "We know empirically what works and what doesn't from the models," he says.
Derber gets a lot of satisfaction out of the whole experience. "I feel like I'm a good teacher," he says. "You have to have a certain kind of personality to do this. Perhaps it's the duality of what he does that keeps him interested: straddling two worlds, new and old; functioning as skilled craftsman, yet educational mentor; working inside, but in beautiful Presque Isle, where he can stroll outdoors and gaze across Red Lake whenever he needs respite. "I love what I do," he says.
Brian Derber, owner and instructor at the New World School of Violin Making
Violin by Brian Derber - A. Cavallo Violins | Omaha, Nebraska, 2 June 2010 [cached]
Violin by Brian Derber
Brian T. Derber, holds B.S and M.S degrees in Industrial Education from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Derber studied violin-making and repair under Tschu Ho Lee. He is also a graduate of the Chicago School of Violin Making. Mr. Derber taught full-time at the Chicago School of Violin Making for 8 years, and also made, sold, and repaired violin family instruments during that period. After repeated requests, Mr. Derber established The New World School of Violin Making, a private school located in Wisconsin. Since 1992, Mr. Derber has been self-employed making exclusively violin family instruments. Only the finest materials are used to expertly craft each instrument. Varnish has been artistically applied to both enhance the beauty of the wood and accentuate the sound. Mr. Derber always keeps the player's comfort in mind. Each string responds and speaks easily, and the sound is balanced from string to string. Players around the world own Mr. Derber's instruments.
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Schools & Instruction, 14 May 2006 [cached]
The New World School of Violin Making, Brian Derber6970 Red Lake Dr. HC1-119 APresque Isle, WI 54557715-686-7732
A. Cavallo Violins | violins, violas, cellos, bows, accesories, repairs & rentals | Omaha, Nebraska, 20 Mar 2008 [cached]
Violin by Brian Derber
Balanced and responsive instruments from the founder of The New World School of Violin Making. Only the finest materials are used to expertly craft each instrument. Varnish has been artistically applied to both enhance the beauty of the wood and accentuate the sound. Mr. Derber always keeps the player's comfort in mind.
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