Violin Repair & Restoration

Violin Repair & Restoration In Bristol
Violin neck graft in progross

The performance and reliability of a stringed instrument is imperative to a player. Occasionally your instrument may require a skilled violin repairman to maintain your instrument, rectifying any issues. Finding a repairman with knowledge and integrity can be a little daunting but here at ‘Edward Gaut Violins’ you can be reassured your instrument is in safe hands while it is being serviced.

Examinations and estimates are absolutely free and an instrument will be lent if required when possible. Call Edward Gaut Violins on 01173 079785 to book an appointment.

Here is an example of a cello crack I have repaired.

Common Repairs I do for my customers are;

  • Cracks all over the instrument – cracks caused by seasonal changes or accidental damage. Always re-enforced with little cleats to prevent re-opening as the instruments moves and vibrates.
  • Neck grafts and re-alignment – (Graft pictured at the top of page.) When a neck is not in line with the body, damaged, has become worn or too short.
  • Fitting patches and strengthening – sometimes a section becomes too worn from poor repair, a patch may need to be fitted for strength or wood replacement.
  • Peg bushings and new pegs – where the peg holes have become too big or poorly aligned an string rub occurs.
  • Fitting new corners/edges – where a corner or edge has become too worn.
  • Fitting new bass bars – when a bar is not fitted in the correct position or a crack has developed along side.
  • Dressing the fingerboard – a fingerboard needs to be dressed to remove ruts which occur from playing.
  • Making a new fingerboard – A finger board with time needs to be replaced from an excess of it being dressed.
  • Cutting a new bridges – When the belly has been removed, a new fingerboard, change in neck angle, poor performance or string wearing in the nicks may result in the need for a new bridge.
  • Fit a new sound post – where the top/back has been removed or poor performance may result in the need of a new post being cut.
  • Tonal adjustments – this initially involves a careful study of the sound post and bridge, followed up by fine adjusting of them and if necessary, replacement.

My goal for every instrument brought to me is to be able to return it to the owner in first class condition and sounding fantastic. All repairs are carried out with the up most attention to detail, keeping the instrument in the most original condition possible and with the appearance that nothing has happened.
All glued repairs are done with hide glue which is water based and reversible should it ever need be. Cracks are re-enforced to prevent the crack re-occurring with studs or cleats. They are both the same thing and are usually made of the same material it is being glued to. They are then shaped and made thin as possible at the edges to prevent new cracks being started.

Bow re-hair/repair please see my Bows page.

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