Violin Repair & Restoration In Bristol

With 20 years experience, the repair and restoration of violins, violas and cellos has given me the knowledge and skills required to sympathetically restore them. 

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. Whether 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 or email to book an appointment.

Violin pegbox ready for nackgraft
G clamps repairing a violin crack

Common Repairs I do for my customers are;

Bow Rehairing and maintainance.

Peg bushings and new pegs – where the peg holes have become too big or poorly aligned an string rub occurs.

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.

Neck grafts and re-alignment – (Graft pictured above - left). When a neck is not in line with the body, damaged, has become worn or too short.

Fitting new corners/edges – where a corner or edge has become too worn.

Making a new fingerboard – A finger board with time needs to be replaced from an excess of it being dressed.

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.

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.

Fitting new bass bars – when a bar is not fitted in the correct position or a crack has developed along side.

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.

Dressing the Fingerboard – a fingerboard needs to be dressed to remove ruts which occur from playing.

Cracks all over the instrument – (pictured below) cracks are caused by seasonal changes or accidental damage. When repaired they are enforced with little cleats to prevent re-opening as the instruments moves and vibrates.

Here is an example of a cello crack I have repaired.
The crack is usually open and full of black dirt. It is washed very carefully then re-glued in register.
The picture above is after cleaning.  
Once the glue has dried re-touch varnish is applied. The colour needs to match as best as possible. 
The varnish surface should be continuous and have the same sheen and texture.

My Goal

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 utmost 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.

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