Building a New Corner
When performing repairs and restoration the emphasis is on making your instrument playable again whilst trying to improve any shortcomings it may have in regards to ease of playing and its sound.
Of course taking the style and intentions of the original maker in to account is a given.
In this way your instrument maintains its value and is ready for action again.
I can provide a courtesy instrument for the duration of the repair and in addition I am an approved repairer for Allianz Musical Instrument Insurance and I can undertake the full spectrum of repairs, typically as follows . . .
Considering and assessing all the variables following the path of the strings from the pegs, over the top nut and along the fingerboard, across the bridge/sound post into the tailpiece, across the saddle and on to the end pin, via the tail gut. In addition bass bar reshaping and replacement.
Peg box cheek repairs, bushing peg holes and repositioning if necessary and fitting new pegs.
Cleaning and repairing open seams and cracks in ribs, plates and the peg box
Correcting the angle of elevation (neck angle) and string height at the bridge, specifically for sound improvements and playablity.
Primarily to maintain/increase the instruments value and for aesthetic reasons.
Replacing a broken or unsalvageable neck while keeping the original peg box and scroll.
Blending in repaired areas, unsightly knocks, cracks and fractures.
* After most repairs it is advisable to give the instrument a new set up to ensure it is playing to its full potential; thoroughly clean the instrument and apply a special refined wax to revive and protect the finish.
** If the instrument has significant historical importance and is such that it cannot function, then the emphasis is on conservation, and in this respect I adhere to the MGC (Museums and Galleries Commission) and ICON (Institute of Conservation) guidelines for the care of historic musical instruments and the AIC (American Institute of Conservation) code of ethics and standards.