Instruments need to be serviced regularly to keep them in good playing order. It is important to identify possible minor problems early so that they can be dealt with promptly, and not allowed to develop into bigger and costlier repairs later.
Typical servicing procedures:
Cleaning and polishing.
Gluing of open seams.
Supplying and fitting of the following:
New set of pegs.
First or second quality bridge.
New sound post.
New ebony top nut.
Repair and Restoration
It is important that instrument servicing, repair and restoration be carried out by a properly qualified and experienced technician, and that the integrity of the instrument is respected and not compromised. Only appropriate methods and materials should be employed to ensure successful, stable and reversible repairs, always preserving where possible original wood and varnish.
Typical repair and restoration procedures:
- Crack repairs (including studding and / or patching as necessary).
Neck re-setting (re-elevating / re-aligning).
Neck bending (to adjust elevation).
Shim below fingerboard (to adjust elevation).
Neck graft, & Neck break (glued and doweled).
Button graft, Button crown, & Button patch (doubling).
Edging, & Half edging.