Violin Restoration
Instrument Repair & Restoration

I carry out quality repairs to violin, viola and cello from my violin workshop based in Shipham. This is located between Bristol, Wells and Weston Super Mare in Somerset.

I’ve experienced over 20 years of repairs so you can feel assured your instrument is in safe hands.

Examinations and estimates are absolutely free. I’m not a pushy salesman and I believe knowledge is key to understanding the condition of your instrument. I will go through all the repairs needed and will advise on other issues that you may want to be consider.

Violin Repair

Your instrument is made of thin wood up to 6mm on the whole and is always susseptible to the fluctuations of the climate. Occassionally the wood may crack and need to be addressed.

Also just the general wear and tear of playing will mean you’ll eventually need your instrument servicing. Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Cracks – (pictured below) cracks are caused by seasonal changes or accidental damage. When repaired they are enforced with little cleats to prevent re-opening as the instruments moves and vibrates.
  • Fitting new corners/edges – where a corner or edge has become too worn.
  • Dressing the Fingerboard – a fingerboard needs to be dressed to remove ruts which occur from playing.
  • Making a new fingerboard – A finger board with time needs to be replaced from an excess of it being dressed.
  • Fitting patches and strengthening – sometimes a section becomes too worn from poor repair, a patch may need to be fitted for strength or wood replacement.
  • Fitting new bass bars – when a bar is not fitted in the correct position or a crack has developed along side.
  • Peg bushings and new pegs – where the peg holes have become too big or poorly aligned an string rub occurs.
  • Neck grafts and re-alignment – When a neck is not in line with the body, damaged, has become worn or too short

Violin Bridge

Over time your violin, viola or cello bridge may become compromised. It could be well worth considering a replacement to get your sound back on track.

Consider changing your bridge if:

  • The bridge is bending in the middle.
  • String height is too low or high.
  • Poor cut, feet aren’t fitting nicely to the belly.
  • The sound quality is low.
  • Strings have cut deeply into the top of the bridge.
  • It’s broken

Soundpost - Tonal adjustment

The sound can be changed a great deal with the sound post. Important factors are:

  • Length
  • Thickness
  • Number of grain lines
  • Position in relationship to the bridge.
  • Perfect fit on the inside

Getting these factors correct can be the difference in a muted dead sounding instrument and one that’s open.

A testimonial from Theo May, Wiltshire

Edward’s Del Gesu model is the perfect violin for me! It has an incredible range of sound colours, great depth, resonance and response. It is also incredibly flexible, moulding to my every musical thought.

New handmade violin styled on Del Gesu