Violin Repair
and Restoration
A customer bought a viola.  It was a high school instrument, with initials carved and
painted all over.  When  an accident happened, resulting in major cracks, it ended up at
the flea market.  I overhauled it.  The initials are now invisible (except one, which I
couldn't quite get rid of), the cracks repaired, the top and back both regraduated, and
the instrument set up.  Here's what the customer wrote:

    Thanks so much for the great viola work! I played around with it for about an
    hour today, and am quite amazed at the quality of it. The tone and sound volume
    is even on all the strings. It has a light touch under the fingers, even when I play
    in higher positions. Also, the tone stays clear in the higher positions, and is still
    easy on the fingers!  It will be interesting to see how it matures as it gets used to
    making music again, after who knows how long.
Some work on a violin.             Click on the picture for details.
Peg holes bushed; new pegs.
New neck grafted to old peg box.
New fingerboard and nut.
Another view of the neck graft
New bridge and tail piece
New neck joins the body