Violin Repair & Restoration - Bristol

I've experienced over 20 years of repair and restoration to many fine violins, violas and cellos. 

Examinations and estimates are absolutely free with no obligation and an instrument will be lent if required when possible. 

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Here are some typical repairs and technical terms.

Bow Rehairing and maintainance.

Tonal adjustments – this initially involves a careful study of the soundpost and bridge, followed up by fine adjusting of them and if necessary, fitting a new soundpost or bridge.

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

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

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

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.

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

Neck grafts and re-alignment – When a neck is not in line with the body, damaged, has become worn or too short.
New violin bridge - Edward Gut Violins - Bristol UK
Violin crack repair - Edward Gaut Violins - Bristol UK
Violin varnish retouch - Edward Gaut Violins - Bristol UK
Violin sound adjustment - Edward Gaut Violins - Bristol UK
Cello crack repair - Edward Gaut Violins - Bristol UK
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.  
Cello varnish retouch - Edward Gaut Violins - Bristol UK
Once the glue has dried re-touch varnish is applied. The colour needs to match as best as possible. 
Finished crack repair - Edward Gaut Violins - Bristol UK
The varnish surface should be continuous and have the same sheen and texture.
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