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Violin Repair & Violin Restoration

Violin Repair & Violin Restoration

Violin Repair & Violin Restoration

We also restore and repair Violas, Cellos & Double Bass. Is your instrument damaged or in need of a new lease of life? Our violin repair and restoration service can breath new life into your instrument.

About Our Workshop

Here at Tim Toft Violins, we pride ourselves on the high standard of violin repair and restoration service we provide for all instruments and bows. Whether you require a minor repair or full violin restoration we have specially equipped workshop facilities and trained violin luthiers to offer this service.

Our purpose built workshop extension was completed in 2011 and this major investment enabled us to increase our workshop staff with having more space and each having their own designated work station, we work on violins, violas, cellos and double basses and their respective bows.

We have a wide range of instruments available and can loan or hire an instrument to you whilst yours is being repaired.

Our Violin Restorers

All violin repairs are carried out on the premises under the auspices of our Head of Workshop and Shop Manager, Helen Pegram. Helen graduated from The Welsh School of Violin-making and Repair in 1986 and has worked in several workshops, including World of Basses in Reutlingen, Germany.

We currently have three other in-house restorers:

Jeongwoon Choi- Luthier and Workshop Manager from Korea

Jeongwoon graduated from The Mittenwald School of Violin Making in 2011.
Jeongwoon has attended many of the violin restoration courses in Oberlin

Garri Savarri- Luthier from Iceland

Garri graduated from The Newark School of Violin Making 2016

Joan Zoroa Olivelli –Luthier from Catalonia

Joan graduated from the International Violin Making School in Cremona.
Worked in several European violin workshops.

So we actually have graduates from four different schools and four different countries, giving an international collaboration of ideas and working methods.

Repair work we regularly undertake includes…

Setting up: bridge fitting, soundpost fitting, adjustment to pegs or replacement, adjustment to top nut or replacing, resurfacing (shooting) of fingerboard, replacing fingerboard, fitting new strings, fitting tailpiece, fitting endpin, repairing cracks and seam gluing ( where rib has parted from the front or back ),fitting new strings, eradication of buzzes, cleaning and varnish retouching.

Tonal Adjustment

After an instrument has had a new set up or has had a major restoration, we would expect it to need a period of settling in and it may need adjustment to the setup and in particular tonal adjustment. Tonal adjustment requires skill and experience, the Luthier carefully moving the position of the soundpost, possibly adjusting the curve and height of the bridge and working with the player to achieve a sound and set up they are happy with.

Violin Restoration Work

Some instruments require extensive restoration, including the following:

Neck grafts – when a neck has broken or is unsuitable in shape or length, a new piece of wood is grafted in to form a new neck but keeping the original scroll and body intact.

Edgework – often edges of an instrument are damaged and it is necessary to reconstruct the edge with a new piece of wood that is then toned down and varnished to blend with the body. This damage frequently occurs on ‘C’ bouts where the bow may have been rubbing or particularly on the edges of cello and double basses as these instruments are laid down on their sides.

Bushing of peg holes – over time and through use, the pegs make the peg holes bigger and the holes have to be bushed. The holes are filled with a tapered piece of wood and then new pegs or occasionally the original are fitted.

Peg box – if any cracks have occurred along the grain, often on the ‘A’ peg on a violin, bushing is done or new cheeks on the inside. If the cracks are not secured the pegs will not hold and it will be impossible to tune the instrument.

Cracks to the body – When an instrument has sustained a crack it will probably be necessary to remove the front or back. The crack has to be glued and secured on the inside with small cleats or studs and then the instrument is reassembled, varnish retouched (if necessary) and set up.

Soundpost crack -If the instrument has suffered a crack in the area where the soundpost stands, this is called a soundpost crack and is serious. The appropriate repair is a soundpost patch, when fitted and finished the instrument will be playable but sometimes a change in sound can occur, particularly if the patch is fitted to the back.

Rib cracks– another repair where it is necessary to remove the front and secure the cracks, commonly needed on cello and double basses.

Bass Bar– occasionally an instrument will need a new bass bar, sometimes to improve the sound and sometimes due to damage, a crack running along side the bar, or sinking of the front. A new bass bar needs to be carefully considered, usually a new bar will improve the sound of the instrument but when done it may take some time to play in. For this reason bass bars tend to only be changed if necessary due to damage or if the sound of the instrument has diminished.

Double Bass repairs

We do all repair work to basses, including : bridge fitting, soundpost fitting, fingerboard shooting and replacement, gluing seams, eradication of buzzes (a frequent problem with basses) fitting of endpins , tailpieces, fitting machine heads and pick ups.

As well as this we undertake major restorations , including: neck grafts, crack repair, patches, edgework and varnish work. We have both the space and specialist tooling to facilitate this.

Woodworm

If an instrument has been left for sometime, particularly if left in a wooden violin box, it is possible it may have suffered woodworm damage. In most cases this can be treated and the damage repaired, however, extensive damage may be impossible to repair, if so much of the wood has been destroyed.

If you need a repair quote or would like us to look at an instrument with a view to having it repaired or restored do contact us using the contact form on this page and we will be happy to advise.

All our repairs are fully guaranteed and we encourage customers who have had a major restoration done by us to return each year for a check up.

Bow Rehair

We offer a bow rehair and repair service and although you may have to leave your bow with us for a few days we can lend you a bow while yours is being rehaired or repaired.

If you are unable to visit the shop we do offer a postal service for bow rehairs and bow repairs. Please contact us if you would like to arrange this.

Insurance

All repair and restoration work is fully guaranteed and we are approved repairers for Allianz Cornhill Insurance.

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