RESTORATIONS

IS YOUR INSTRUMENT RESTORABLE?

When an instrument is damaged, there are myriad factors to consider. Some are salvageable and others are not. Some can be restored to playing quality, and others unfortunately as a decorative item or memento. Regardless, I am up for the challenge.

To determine what needs to be done and your restorative investment, an assessment must first be completed, in-person. The first step is to email me photographs of the instrument and arrange a phone call discuss preliminary options. The full extent of the conversation can only occur after a physical examination of the instrument.

If you decide to proceed, the instrument needs to be carefully packed, with any loose pieces wrapped in bubble pack, and shipped to my workshop or delivered in person. Assessments are $50. Once the assessment, restoration plan and price estimate is complete, work can begin. If you decide not to continue, I will repack your instrument to pick up in person, or so you can arrange for FedEx to do the same and return to you.

RESTORATION EXAMPLE

This violin arrived in my workshop in a variety of containers in broken pieces. It belonged to the same family for several generations and was an instrument of the finest quality. 

It was smashed in an unfortunate accident. Unfortunately, a non-luthier attempted to repair the violin making the situation worse. 

Once restored, the instrument's voice returned with remarkable quality of tone. It is now with its original family to be enjoyed for generations to come.

RESTORATION PROCESS

SCROLL THROUGH IMAGE GALLERY TO SEE AND READ ABOUT RESTORING THIS VIOLIN

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