A century in the service
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Certificates & Appraisals

Certificates of Authenticity, expert reports, evaluations. Jean-Jacques Rampal, expert string instrument maker for the court of appeal of Paris, is an internationally renowned expert...

The workshop

The workshop specialises in tuning, fine restoration work and everyday maintenance of the instruments, and orders for Etienne Vatelot violas can be made.

The house

Discover the history of the Vatelot-Rampal workshop
For nearly a century in the service of
the most prestigious musicians.

Marcel Vatelot

In 1909, Marcel Vatelot opened up his workshop in Paris at 11 bis rue Portalis, in the 8th arrondissement.

The workshop was frequented by the composers Maurice Ravel and Camille Saint-Saëns, the famous violinist Ginette Neveu, and became an essential port of call for musicians from throughout the world.

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Vatelot & Son

From 1950 onwards, Etienne Vatelot developed the workshop with his father. He was particularly fond of tuning and writing expert reports, and was a contact and friend for international soloists such as David Oistrakh, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Mistlav Rostropovitch, Yo-Yo Ma, Ivry Gitlis, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Boris Belkin and many other musicians.

Etienne Vatelot was convinced of the need to pass on the art of string instruments making and defended his art ardently; he taught 50 pupils in his workshop and founded the French school of string instrument making in 1970 in Mirecourt.

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Vatelot Rampal

Jean-Jacques Rampal naturally became his successor in 1998 after spending over twenty five years at his workshop. In 1994, he was appointed expert string instrument maker at the Court of Appeal of Paris. Jean-Jacques Rampal is recognised internationally as an expert and gives lectures to promote instrument making throughout the world. He is keen on perpetuating the tradition and savoir-faire of the workshop.

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Vatelot Rampal - Successors

2023 ushers in a new generation as Jonathan Marolle, joining forces with Cécile Paumier, succeeds Jean-Jacques Rampal at the helm of the century-old Maison Vatelot-Rampal.

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Luthiers Experts
11 bis, rue Portalis - 75008 Paris

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Monday to Thursday: 10 am-12 pm - 2 pm-6 pm*
Friday: 10 am-12 pm - 2 pm-4 pm
*Closed: Saturday - Sunday

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