Pictured here is an interesting English violin dated 1774 with unaltered neck and bass bar. As well as prominent front cracks the instrument had some time ago undergone a botched repair to the neck joint and fingerboard. We completed extensive work on this violin in 2012.
The distinction between repair and restoration work is a subtle one – it is not necessarily one of scale, a repair to a badly damaged instrument can be a very large undertaking. One way of defining restoration might be that it often involves the undoing of previous repair attempts with a view to returning an instrument to a state closer to that which its maker intended. We have accumulated considerable experience doing this and make a point of keeping in touch with the latest techniques of restoration which are tending more and more towards the importance of conserving original wood. The two slideshows below show a few images of a violin in its ‘before’ and ‘after’ states.