Get to know Instrument Master Builder Nikolai Ceballos and learn about the musical instrument crafting process directly from an expert in a specialized instrument workshop. Discover how an instrument is made from scratch while learning how different types of woods and shapes define an instrument's sound, and what kind of tools and techniques are used in the process.
You will start with a hotel pick-up to go to a beautiful English-styled house in Teusaquillo neighborhood, where you will appreciate finished violins, violas, cellos, and guitars. As soon as you enter, you will understand the value of a hand-crafted instrument through the history and tradition of luthiery. You will compare and comprehend the differences between a mass-produced musical instrument and one made by a luthier experiencing the sounds of both. After, you will be guided through the house and meet the areas dedicated to instrument repair and crafting. As you walk through the second floor, you will visit areas dedicated to brass, strings, and finally guitars on the third floor.
Through a real expert's voice you will understand what a luthier does, and the details of their formation and expertise. You can ask as much as you want and go further into detail. As you get familiar with the workshop's areas for crafting, you will learn about the process and get involved in one part of it. Having contact with materials and tools, you will experience briefly what is to craft one of these musical instruments.
You will not craft an entire instrument. This is a process that requires months and even years of work.
How this tour creates an impact
Not many people know what a luthier does or the entire work that goes into making an instrument. We want you to experience the value of a hand-crafted instrument through the history and tradition of luthiery. For you to compare and comprehend the differences between a mass-produced musical instrument and one made by a luthier experiencing the sounds of both, is the whole purpose of this experience.
This tour is part of our HEART experiences.
This experience is non-refundable.