During Full Restoration, an instrument is brought back to like-new condition or better, with careful attention to the appearance of the instrument while not compromising on playability, either. When an instrument comes to me for a complete restoration, I discuss it in detail with the owner, then oversee the project and do all of the work myself, except for silver-plating and lacquering. Anderson Silver Plating of Elkhart, Indiana does silver plating correctly with no shortcuts, so I rely on them to help me finish the job correctly. For baked-on epoxy lacquer finishes I use Badger State Repair in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. When an engraver’s services are needed, I trust this work to Artistic Engraving of Elkhart, Indiana. Sherry Huntley is a quite talented veteran engraver, who can enhance worn antique engraving, add new engraving, or both. These people are masters at what they do, and I consider it a priviledge to work with them.
I strive to make your instrument the best that it can possibly be, both in appearance and in playability. Why play a so-so instrument when you can play an extraordinary instrument? In the restoration of historical instruments, special attention is given to each detail, to make sure the instrument is as true to original as possible. If necessary, I can fabricate replica braces or other parts that may be missing from a historical instrument. These services are necessarily somewhat costly, as they are extremely time- and labor-intensive, but there are instruments out there that are worth this sort of investment.
Please feel free to e-mail or call to discuss restoration projects. I am completely booked for the rest of 2018 with restoration projects, but we can discuss your project and schedule it for 2019.