Restoration / Repair

Reintegration of cracks into the general appearance by careful cleaning, re-gluing, stabilising and retouching; arching corrections; sashes; accidental damage.

Respect for old age

One of my main areas of expertise is the restoration of old stringed instruments. My experience with extensive and complex restorations enables me to offer you advice and implementation of your project at the highest level. In doing so, I am guided by conservative conservation ethics. In this way, I work towards a restoration that is as authentic as possible and at the same time maintains the general appearance and ageing of the object. Where technical expertise can often lead to an attempted cover-up of damage and thus to “agelessness”, I prefer to focus on preservation and authenticity. This way you can be assured that the personality of your instrument will be preserved.

First the analysis, then the action

My experience as an appraiser of the condition of historical stringed instruments and my research into new analysis techniques enable me to make important, comprehensive statements about sensible interventions in advance. Ideally, the measures begin with precise documentation as the basis for the restoration decision.

Repair / Accidental damage

You wouldn’t wish it on anyone! But accidental damage cannot always be prevented because of the delicate construction of the violin family. But I can reassure you anyway! Thanks to modern repair methods, almost anything is possible. I can help you if something happens and work with you and your insurance company to develop a plan for how the instrument can be repaired and restored to its usual or perhaps even better sounding condition.

If the instrument has lost value, I will clarify this with you and the insurance company.