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Beginning 2023 with a restoration on this English violin. Seemingly a James Preston copy. A neck reset, new bridge soundpost, top nut and endpin and various other adjustments, all finished off with clean and polish. It belonged to the owner’s great uncle, and it’s so nice to bring a family instrument like this back to a playable state.

Nice 1980s baroque violin in for some setup adjustments and a neck reshape (the wood had shrunk causing the edge of the fingerboard to stand slightly proud of the neck.) It always makes a fun chance to work on a historical setup.

This was one of my final jobs from 2022. A lovely old Georg Kloz violin from Mittenwald. I’ve worked on this instrument before correcting a messy repair done in the ’70s, and it was nice to see it again and optimize the setup a bit with a new bridge and post and a
small neck angle adjustment to achieve a better elevation.

After a busy couple of months, it was lovely to finish off this year in the workshop with a visit from Austrian luthier Robin Szombath 😃A pleasant afternoon drinking coffee and discussing varnish to help banish the winter gloom.

Violin in for a replacement tailpiece and chinrest and a string change. The old tailpiece had 4 external fine tuners, which are not only bad for the tone but in this case were also chewing up the ends of the strings leading to difficulty changing strings and premature breakage. With hardware like that’s, its no wonder so many player are afraid on changing their own strings!

This cello came in for a new bridge. It had also at some point been subjected to the tender mercies of young children, and somehow ended up with a gold chain getting dropped inside it!

I managed to spend a bit of time this afternoon on my two newest instruments, one very nearly complete and the other in the process of rough carving. It makes a real change of pace from setup and repair jobs. I love the setup work with its combination of precision and relatively quick results, but there’s nothing quite like making big heaps of wood shavings and turning chunks chunks of timber into new musical instruments.