Repair, Restoration & Regulation
Repairs are the basic day-to-day works that we do a lot of. Repairs cover mostly all of the types or work done when restoring the only real difference is that with restorations the finesse in detailed colour matching and minuscule ‘repairs,’ including ones that do not affect sound, are added to the invoice. Of course, more often than not there is a cost vs. value problem when looking to restore a Chinese R999.99 violin that is probably scaled to smaller sizes and therefore not going to be in playing or learning service for much longer. That said; the need for correct setup and regulation is critical if you intend to give yourself or child a worthwhile playing experience.
Restoration is where finesse of our workmanship and, often, detailed understanding of the challenge is in front of us is critical. This would be suggested or advised for better hand made instruments and old known maker’s instruments. Essentially restoration is meant to bring back the intended beauty and functionality of a worthy instrument without changing or altering the original form or colour ass far as possible. There are times when we also restore cheaper instruments because it was handed down from great granny or was first made 150 years ago and has been in the family for the entire time.
Regulation & Voicing is where we take an existing instrument that essentially works and go through all the details of how the strings relate to the fingerboard, bridge and nut. How the sound post fits and sits. Basicall how all the details of fitting and working together of parts gives the instrument a groovy playability and in turn a great sound experience. In most cases violins (all the way up to basses) are sold as they arrived from China or pther places without the setup & regulation having been done or done particularly well. This makes playing the violin hard to do and hard to get a great sound out of … of course there are a few lucky strikes when buying off the shelf.