Our team of professional luthiers perform violin, viola, cello, bass, bow, and period instrument repair and restoration to exacting standards using time-tested techniques. Our luthiers are trusted with repair and restorations of historic and significant instruments by international artists and professionals from around the country.
While we are unable to give exact estimates over the phone, please call us to see how we may assist in your bow or instrument repair or restoration work. You may always come to our shop during business hours for evaluation without an appointment as well.
Christopher Jacoby, Workshop Manager
Christopher Jacoby studied at the Violin Making School of America from 2003-2007. After attending the Violin Making School of America, Christopher moved next door to study repair and restoration under Peter Prier. There he was lucky to have handled and studied instruments of the great Italian masters. Christopher has spent the last decade building instruments for discerning professionals around the world.
Things to be done only by your repairperson
Don’t let grooves develop under the strings. Grooves prohibit free vibration of the strings. Be sure the board has a sufficient concave dip. See your repairperson. He will also check the grooves in the nut for excessive wear.
In warm weather, the top of the instrument swells upward. This raises the bridge and lifts the strings too high above the fingerboard for comfortable playing. A lower bridge is required. In cold weather, the top is at its lowest level. Then a higher bridge is needed. Otherwise, the strings will be too close to the fingerboard to permit free vibration. See your repairperson.
If the post was fitted during cold weather, it might be too short for summer use when the top rises. Conversely, if it was fitted in warm weather, it may be too long for winter use when the top subsides. Unless the post fits appropriately, the tone will be disturbed. If it falls, or moves, loosen the string tension slightly and ask your teacher or repairperson to re-position it.
Check your instrument regularly to note whether the top or back has become unglued from the ribs at any point. If so, do not neglect this; see your repairperson as soon as practicable.
Check periodically for cracks that may develop, especially during cold, dry weather. Keep all polishes away from open cracks. Have your string repairperson glue the cracks as soon as possible.