Violin Repair & Restoration

Violin Repair & Restoration In Bristol
preparing a neck graft varnish retouch g clamps repairing a crack

About 50% of workshop time is dedicated to the repair and restoration of violins, violas or cellos depending on what comes through the door. Most customer repairs are from Bristol, Bath, Gloucester area and into Wales but I have on occasion had instruments brought to me from as far as Abu Dhabi.

Occasionally your instrument may require a skilled violin repairman. Weather you have had an accident and may need help with an insurance claim or have decided to take your violin out of it’s case after years of being busy from playing it, I am here to help guide you with the essential work required.

Examinations and estimates are absolutely free with no obligation and an instrument will be lent if required when possible. Call now on 01173 079785 to book an appointment or email via the contact page.

Here is an example of a cello crack I have repaired.
Cleaned bare crack repairman retouching varnish finished repaired crack

Common Repairs I do for my customers are;

  • Cracks all over the instrument – (pictured above) cracks are caused by seasonal changes or accidental damage. When repaired they are 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 Bridge – 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 Soundpost – 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.
  • Bow Rehairing and maintainance.

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.

Call now on 01173 079785 to book an appointment or email via the contact page.