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Wear and tear is inevitable. Accidents happen. Sometimes an instrument languishes for years in less than ideal conditions. Unfortunately, some instruments suffer from multiple unskilled, albeit well intentioned “fixes”.

While wood is essentially an ephemeral material, the structure of the violin lends itself very well to the restoration processes that have evolved over the past couple of centuries. We are still essentially working with wood and hide glue, but our methods are constantly being informed by new ideas and materials.

Preserving the original is always a priority. Restoring the structure to support string tension and playing stresses is also a priority. Tone is yet another. A healthy instrument, skillfully restored, will function efficiently and sound its best.