Minor Repairs - Restorations
I carry many brands of strings prefered by players, and install them at no charge. Strings are made using a variety of materials and design, each with unique qualities of sound. Instrument tone can be changed to a certain degree by the type of string.
~Setup: - Professional Bridge $60+ Student $40 - Soundpost $20+
-Carving a new bride and soundpost
Bridges are cut from maple blanks. Each instrument has a unique shape and the bridge has to be cut to fit the curve of that top. Bridges are tuned by carving out areas that carry the sound from the bridge top through the feet and into the instrument, where the soundpost transmits the vibrations to the back. The bass bar is fit inside the top under the bass side of the bridge foot. It is a long spruce brace that keeps the top stable under pressure and allows the top to resonate properly. When the bridge/soundpost and bass bar placement are aligned, the instrument can resonate to full capacity. Often bridges are poorly cut, too low/high, or not good wood, this can make a violin sound very poor. Warping can also occur when a bridge has been leaning too long. Bridges have to be kept upright, and should be checked often (90 degree angle from the glue line of the top to the face of the bridge facing the bottom). Lasting for decades, a good bridge should provide great tone and comfort for the player.
~Soundpost & bridge adjustments (free) Proper adjustments allow the best tone.
I offer sound adjustments for free. By making sure the soundpost is in the proper spot will help your instrument to resonate. The soundpost is key to good tone. A spruce soundpost stands inside the violin under the bridge foot on the treble side, and are custom fit for that violin and will only fit that violin. Only a trained repairman should replace a soundpost. Often bad fitting posts lead to poor sound, and can damage the inside of the violin, and even cause major cracks. Soundpost patches are common on older violins, but can be prevented with proper maintance. If a soundpost falls over, quickly losen all the strings and remove the bridge and tailpiece to prevent damage. A proper fit soundpost will stand upright with no strings on the violin, but should not be forced.
Often not noticed by, open seams are the most common repair for violins. Running a finger nail in the seam joint of the top - bottom and rib joint will provide clear evidence of an open seam; listen for a change in the sound. It is good to have a skilled repairman check over violins twice a year, usually Spring and Fall. Most damaging to instruments is a drastic change in humidity or temperature. Constant even ranges of 60-70 degrees, and 40-60% humidity are ideal.
Hide glue that is used for violin repair , it is one of the oldest glues known to mankind. It is a natural animal glue that is stronger than most modern chemical glues, but is water soluble. If any other types of glues are used by repair people, it should be done with caution. Many instruments have been destroyed from the misuse of improper glues that are not removable, and render the instrument ruined. Be sure to ask a new repairman that they use only Hide Glue. The glue needs a minimum of 2 hours to dry (small areas) and is best left overnight. If needed, I provide a loaner instrument to use while repairs are being done.
~Dress Fingerboard $40-80 - Often buzzing is heard, but it is not related to setup issues, but the fingerboard.
An instrument used frequently will soon develop small grooves in the fingerboard due to the strings hitting the board and wearing a groove. This leads to small buzzing on certain notes, and false harmonics, but is easily corrected and is often a minor repair. The fingerboard of a violin is scooped with a hollow deepest at the center of the board. Cheap instruments do not always have proper fingerboard scoop and can cause buzzing on a large area of the fingerboard. It is best to make sure your violin is properly setup and adjusted to play easily.
~Replace Bass Bar $300-500
~Soundpost Patch (top) varies depending on damages $ 300-500+
This Collin Mezin Violin was badly damaged and poorly repaired, it required a
soundpost patch and a new bass bar with 60 cleats.
~Reset Violin Neck $300-500+
~Crack Repair $40/hr min. 1 Hr
~New Fingerboard $100-200 (depending on board quality)
~ Bush Pegs (all four pegs) $200+
Pictured is a finished boxwood bushing on a violin, before the pegs are fit.
-Spiral Bushings $40/peg
Other Repairs Offered:
~Fit Pegs $40 + pegs ($20+)
~Shorten Lower Rib Joint $60+
~Replace Ebony Saddle $40
~Replace Ebony Nut $20
~I offer free repair & restoration estimates upon request.
Loaner Instrument/Bow is provided if necessary.
Bow Rehairs & Repairs
High Quality Siberian Stallion Hair -violin $40 -cello $50 -bass $60
Top Grade Mongolian Stallion Hair -violin $50 -cello $60
~Other Bow Work
~Sterling Silver Wire Wrap w/ leather or reptile $80-100
~Bone Tip Plate Replacement $80
~Ivory/Mastadon Tip Plate Replacement $100-120
~New Slide, pearl on Ebony $20-80
Identification and Evaluation
I offer free verbal appraisals, and written upon request ($40)
I can arrange for certificates of authenticity to be written for your instrument.
My shop usually has a large selection of modern and antique instruments for most every player's budget and taste. We carry instruments by Eastman, Howard Core, Ivan Dunov, Klier, and many other companies.
You are welcome to take an instrument on trial for a week.
Trade-in and consignment options available. Visit the INSTRUMENTS section to see a few of the violins now available.