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Repairs

Violin Crack Repair

Repairs

This lovely violin had an old crack that was beginning to reopen and fill with grime. Always more of a challenge when the crack ends blind in the middle of the top! Apologies for the blurry photo, one can see the caramelized sludge when the crack is flexed for cleaning. After the crack has been cleaned, one has to be very careful to leave the wood intact while cleaning for a good glue joint. Clamping during glue up and cleating processes. Cleating reinforces the crack and hopefully prevents another reopening. Here is the top reattached to the rest of the violin...

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Adjusting wheels for Double Bass bridges

Repairs

Adding anodized aluminum adjustment wheels to a well  fitted decent quality bass bridge is a useful modification I offer at the shop. Makes seasonal action adjustments much easier and far more affordable! Done well the affect on tone and energy transmission is totally acceptable.     

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We do custom pickguards!

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This client doesn't like the traditional raised pick guards and associated hardware found on many mandolins. So we installed a faux tortoise shell directly onto the surface of his Eastman MD 505 A-style Mandolin in classic sunburst. Happy to say there was no significant affect on the tone of the instrument and he was pleased with the function and the aesthetic of the pickguard! The top was refinished on this 70's Gibson below (at the request of the owner!) and we used a clear pick guard to replace the original which had left a patch underneath that wasn't so UV...

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Larrivee binding swap

Repairs

As well crafted as Larrivee guitars are this client wasn't enjoying the aesthetic of the ivoroid binding around the fingerboard and requested ebony replacements. As with many folks cost was a concern so I assessed the situation and decided the binding could be swapped out without a refret which reduces the cost greatly. Tricky job, fitting the replacement binding under the overhanging fret ends but the end result was perfectly acceptable and, as stated, a lot cheaper. The humorous part of this repair story is I had collected ebony fingerboard offcuts years ago from the dumpster outside the Larrivee factory...

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