“ Thank you so much for your excellent work on my violin - the neck graft is beautifully crafted and perfectly shaped.
Your set-up works really well with the tone evenly balanced and functioning healthily.
It has been a real pleasure having work done by you - I would whole-heartedly recommend you to all my colleagues and students .”
“ The work you did on my Tononi make it sound better than ever with every passing day, every time I look at that violin I feel joy, because this world has very few professionals and to have found one, and benefited from her skills is terrific. ”
“ When my daughter had to change her Violin, we found her a very nice antique one which needed extensive work to get it back to playing condition. A Violin teacher recommended Mrs Katrin Gabriel for the restoration.
Mrs Gabriel virtually brought the Violin back to life. It looks fantastic, but what is more important, it sounds beautifully. Both Hanna and her tutor are very happy with the sound. Hanna is now playing the Violin even more eagerly than before, as she simply loves her new instrument! We can recommend Mrs Katrin Gabriel to anyone who needs their violin restored! ”
“Liebe Frau Gabriel, Ihre Restauration meiner Don Nicolo Amati Violine ist mehr als nur gelungen. Die tonlichen Eigenschaften des Instrumentes sind wirklich hervorragend. Besser konnte Ihre Arbeit gar nicht sein. ”
“I have worked as a professional violinist in major London Symphony and Chamber Orchestras since the 1960's. During that time, I have owned and played on fine old Italian and 19th century French violins.I am therefore familiar with the work of some of the best dealers and restorers in London.
However, I can say, unequivocally, that Katrin, a graduate of Mittenwald, is among the finest of restorers. My best violin- a fine Guadagnini was recently restored and serviced by her to an extraordinary high level. Indeed, her expertise is such that she is often instructed by major dealers and owners to maintain and restore the most expensive old Cremonese masterpieces. I regard myself as most fortunate to be able to call on her services and would recommend her unhesitatingly to other musicians and dealers. ”
“ Katrin Gabriel hat eine umfassende Restaurierung an meinem Giovanni Grancino Cello vorgenommen. Das beinhaltete eine Deckenwölbungskorrektur sowie diverse weitere Arbeiten an der Decke bzw. den Zargen. Katrin hat nach meiner Überzeugung eine phantastische Arbeit gemacht! Das Instrument klingt besser denn je, die Wölbung der Decke hat sich komplett so, wie direkt nach der Restaurierung, gehalten! Es gibt keinerlei Anzeichen für eine Einschränkung! Im Gegenteil: das Instrument befindet sich in einem deutlich besseren Zustand als vorher.
Ich bin voller Dank für ihre hervorragende professionelle Arbeit. Und ich möchte sie jedem wärmstens empfehlen, der eine große Reparatur an einem Streichinstrument vornehmen lassen möchte. ”
“ Katrin knows that there is no such thing as a routine set-up or repair when it comes to meeting the needs of a professional player. Working with her within the remit of what is possible and what is required is a player's dream because of her fine craftsmanship and her meticulous attention to detail. She is happy to consult throughout the process and this collaborative approach engages both player and luthier, leading to a successful outcome.
"Thank you Katrin for enhancing the attributes of my cello through our collaboration, for being both a sounding board and a filter for my aspirations for this instrument. You succeeded admirably and for that I am most grateful and full of admiration. You came highly recommended and now I know why!" ”
“ Katrin has now completed a few jobs on my son’s violins after a couple of knocks. She is always extremely quick to respond to messages and has completed all the work in a timely fashion, thus avoiding long gaps in his practice schedule. His violins have been reasonable quality old french instruments with excellent tone and so well worth getting properly repaired. We have twice had a violin back from Katrin with a new bridge and sound post and both times they have come back expertly set up and sounding better than ever. I can thoroughly recommend her services! ”
“Katrin has worked on a number of major restoration projects for Ingles and Hayday. The results have always been of an excellent quality. The process of working with Katrin is always efficient and very professional. ”
Immaculate craftsmanship, sensitive handling of a temperamental old master instrument - and its player! My viola came back sounding as though it had enjoyed a good holiday! THANK you, Katrin!