There has been fantastic research into violin-family instruments in the past several decades. Most of it centers on understanding the complex actions of the parts of these instruments and how these aspects relate to each other and to tone production. Perhaps though the most exciting research has been in studies that investigate the tone quality that audiences prefer. At a distance, audiences are remarkably similar in their tastes! Using a library of almost 100 cellos and double-blind testing in concert halls, Krentz String Works has been working to identify these characteristics.
They are remarkably simple and found throughout all critical listening fields from microphones, speakers, wind instruments, and the work of audio engineers. By carefully documenting experiments to the front plate, the bass bar, and the bridge of our instruments for years, we have been able to create truly exciting cellos that align with this tone research. In an industry filled with superlative talk, we just invite you to let us prove it.
THE KRENTZ CARBON FIBER-SPRUCE COMPOSITE BASS BAR
Play quieter with greater control
Play louder and work less
Shape your phrases with greater control
Greater Speed and Ease of Playing
Strings respond immediately
Fast passages are crystal clear
All bow strokes are easier
DR. KEVIN KRENTZ & ROBERT BREWER YOUNG
Krentz String Works began ten years ago as a conversation between respected cellist, Dr. Kevin Krentz, and well-known luthier, Robert Brewer Young. Kevin needed a great modern cello from a master maker with a balanced approach to all the facets of fine instruments, and Robert needed a fine cellist with wide experience and a talent for turning adjectives into practical feedback on his already celebrated modern instruments. Thus began a beautiful and industrious friendship.
Kevin, who had already invented his magnetic-field method of driving the strings of instruments to play them in, challenged Robert to push the cello further by both interpreting current research together as well as collaborating on their own. Robert continues to create outstanding cellos that are in the hands of professional players all over the world. Kevin continues work that ranges from how cellos function to cello technique with a focus on practical experimentation and testing. While inventing unique and powerful tools to address the needs of makers and working musicians.
Dr. Kevin Krentz
Founder, Krentz String Works, KrentzStringWorks.com
Artistic Director, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, MethowMusicFestival.org
Teacher, Krentz Cello Studio, SeattleCelloAcademy.com
AUDITIONING A K. MICHAEL KRENTZ INSTRUMENT
Trial period is 10 days.
If the instrument is shipped to you at our expense, you will be responsible for return shipment if you do not purchase it.