Set up and Maintenance
Many students have a violin that is nearly impossible to play. This is often overlooked since the instrument is only played by the student. Bring yours by and we will be glad to check it over. Fingerboard correction is one of our specialties, and can be pre-arranged by appointment. This is also a great time to change strings.
Repair and Restoration
Simple repairs can often be done while you wait, or within a few days at most.
Any string instrument can be repaired if it is not reduced to ashes. We specialize in complex crush damage and water damage restorations of all violin family instruments. Try to bring as many of the pieces as possible of anything broken. Try to protect the instrument from any loose parts using paper or cardboard.
Complex repairs can take several weeks or even months in some cases. A quality restoration is often more difficult and time consuming than making a new instrument. Due to recent flooding in the area, we currently have a pretty full schedule of water damage restorations in progress, so please be patient and let us know when you drop your instrument off if you need it by a particular date.
Appraisal services are available for all string instruments. There is no charge for an informal verbal assessment, a detailed letter of evaluation is $65. Additional research when needed is billed at $50 per hour. This documentation will assist you in establishing a value of the instrument for insurance or other purposes.
When bringing an instrument for appraisal also bring as much information as you can about it. How long have you had it, how long it has been in your family, copies of old photos including the instrument, old receipts etc.
Stage and film property
We offer fabrication and preparation of string instruments for Stage and Film Property. Generally, projects of this nature are priced inversely proportional to the time available for completion. This is a nice way of saying if you need it ASAP it will be crazy expensive.