Repairs and Restorations

Repairs

We work hard to provide our customers with world class repairs at a reasonable price. Our dedication to performing quality repairs is backed by our training, experience, and attention to detail which distinguishes our work. You can rest assured that your instrument or bow will leave the shop in the best condition possible. 

Below to the left are some photos of typical repairs and to the right is an example of a neck re-set process.

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Repair Estimates

We generally forgo writing detailed estimates for routine repairs such as re-hairs, bridges, soundposts, etc; however, in the case of more involved repairs, we charge a nominal fee of $25 to cover the time required to perform a detailed estimate. Should the customer choose to proceed with all or part of the repairs, the $25 fee will be credited toward the cost of repairs, nullifying the $25 fee. All repair estimates include an itemized list with individual prices for all repairs required to bring the instrument to its fullest potential. For customers who are on a budget, we can then establish which repairs are absolutely necessary and which repairs can be postponed to a later date.

Restorations

We take pride in the complex restorations we complete in the shop. Much of our experience has been in the restoration of fine instruments and nearly all of the antique violins for sale in the shop have been meticulously restored in house. From the family heirloom to the beloved antique violin of a soloist, we are equipped to restore any instrument or bow to the highest standard.

The violin above suffered edge trauma from decades of a player nicking it with the bow frog while playing. It had previously been filled with a commercial wood filler. We decided there was so little left of the original edge we would replace the entire edge and under surface.

We ensure that we use the highest caliber of craftsmanship in our bow repairs. Not all re-hairs are created equal and we guarantee that our re-hair is superior in quality in every way. We also adhere to the highest standards whether we are re-hairing, installing a new mammoth ivory tip, or replacing a thumb leather/ winding on your favorite bow.

This set of photos above illustrates a basic soundpost patch which is required when there is a crack running just over the post as well as a bass bar crack repair which necessitates fitting a new bass bar over cleats in order to prevent the crack from ever opening again.

Complex restorations often necessitate us to pour a plaster cast for the instrument to give it optimal protection while the restoration is in progress.