Repairs & Bow Services

Specialist repair clamps in action

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As well as being a trained instrument repairer I’m also a player, and I understand the importance of getting things just right so that your instrument is not only structurally sound but also feels as good as (or maybe even better than) new.

Repairing an 18th century German violin

Before undertaking a repair I’ll give your instrument a full evaluation to make sure there aren’t any other underlying issues that could prevent you from getting the best out of it, and I will stay in contact with you during the process to make sure you’re kept in the loop.

Some instruments require bespoke parts…

There is no one-size-fits all answer to repairs, but with careful, thorough assessment followed by a methodical yet flexible approach, it’s possible to get most instruments back in action again.

Beyond a basic setup, some common repairs I perform include fret-leveling, new nuts or saddles, re-fitting of existing pegs or the the installation of a new set, repairing cracks and re-surfacing the fingerboard.

A musical instrument is a carefully assembled collection of parts made out of different materials which all react to pressure (a necessary prerequisite for stringed instruments), time, climate and general wear and tear in differing ways. Common issues for bowed instruments can include a loose or improperly positioned soundpost (almost a guaranteed issue in the first few years for a new instrument as the wood stretches for a long time) and worn fingerboard.

For fretted instruments, raised frets are often an issue, causing certain notes on the fingerboard to buzz or even play entirely wrong, whilst others are fine. The tops of instruments can sink or pull up, which alters the height of the strings above the fretboard, and changing seasons can cause the neck to bow forwards or backwards which can cause both buzzes and string height changes.

Also, for any instrument, bridge position and shape is crucial, and whilst this is something a player of fretless instruments can adjust to with their playing technique, it is arguably much more critical when frets come into play.

Bow Services

Whilst at Newark I learned several types of bow repairs and restoration techniques as well as rehairing.

At present, I have the facilities to offer rehair services. I hope to expand further in the near future.