This cello arrived at my workshop in early March. The strap on the case had broken, and the cello had fallen, resulting in the neck coming loose (and the button breaking.)
In the end, every repair is a series of decisions between preserving originality, reinforcing things where necessary and also obviously providing an instrument which is nice to look at and rewarding to play.
Also, although we learn about years-long restoration on priceless instruments and the “state of the art” examples of what can be accomplished in our field, in the real world it is quite unusual to get an entirely open time frame / blank cheque for a repair job. Therefor there are always points where it is necessary to make compromises between what one would ideally achieve and what is practical in the current setting.
No job is perfect, but I am quite pleased with the end result. With the surprise of the woodworm and the badly done old repairs, it was more work than either I or the customer originally predicted, but it was good to be able to stay in communication during the process and make sure we were both happy with the decisions I was making on how to proceed. I am really happy that the scale of my business allows me to maintain a direct relationship with the owners of the instruments I work on.
More photos of the process
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