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Common Repairs and Approximate Costs
SOUNDPOST & BRIDGES - Our bridges are hand carved for each instrument to fit the exact shape and contour of the top. We use the finest quality bridge blanks from Aubert, Milo Stamm, Teller, and Despiau. A properly fit bridge will last for decades, it is important to check the angle each time you tune.
~ Violin/Viola -Basic Bridge $60 (viola +10) -Professional Bridge $80+ -Soundpost $40+
~ Cello -Basic Bridge $100 -Professional Bridge $150+ -Soundpost $60+
~ Bass -Basic Solid Bridge $150 + - Professional Bridge $200+ -with adjusters $350+ - Soundpost $80+
Other Repairs Offered:
~Reglue open seams $20+
~Fit New Pegs $100+ ($20+ to refit pegs) Cello: $200+
~Shorten Lower Rib Joint $100+
~Replace Ebony Saddle $40 Cello $60+ Bass $80+
~Replace Ebony Nut $30 Cello $40+ Bass $60+
~I offer repair & restoration estimates upon request.
Loaner Instrument/Bow is provided if necessary.
$70 / hour shop rate.
~Replace Bass Bar $500+
~Soundpost Patch (top) varies depending on damages $ 500+
This Collin Mezin Violin was badly damaged and poorly repaired, it required a
soundpost patch and a new bass bar with 60+ cleats.
~Neck Graft $1500+
~Reset Violin Neck $400+
~Crack Repair $70/hr min. 1 Hr
~New Fingerboard $200+ (depending on board quality)
~ Bush Pegs (all four pegs endgrain) $200+
~Spiral Bushings $60/peg
Pictured is a finished boxwood
bushing on a violin, before the
pegs are fit.
Identification and Evaluation
I offer free verbal appraisals, and written upon request ($40)
Instrument identification and authenticity certificates for your instrument, please call 918-794-8440.
My shop has a large selection of modern and antique instruments for most every player's budget and taste. We carry instruments by Eastman, Howard Core,Shen, Cao, Wultur, and many other companies.
You are welcome to take fine instruments on trial for a week.
Trade-in and consignment options available. For any market I can find you a violin to suite your needs. Visit the INSTRUMENTS section to see a few of the violins now available.
-Carving a new bride and soundpost
Bridges are cut from maple blanks. I used the highest quality bridge blanks made in France and Germany. Each instrument has a unique shape and the bridge has to be cut to fit the curve of that top. Bridges are tuned by carving out areas that carry the sound from the bridge top through the feet and into the instrument, where the soundpost transmits the vibrations to the back. The bass bar is fit inside the top under the bass side of the bridge foot. It is a long spruce brace that keeps the top stable under pressure and allows the top to resonate properly. When the bridge/soundpost and bass bar placement are aligned, the instrument can resonate to full capacity. Often bridges are poorly cut, too low/high, or not a good piece of wood, this can make a violin sound very poor. Warping can also occur when a bridge has been leaning too long. Bridges have to be kept upright, and should be checked often (90 degree angle from the glue line of the top to the side of the bridge facing the tailpiece). Lasting for decades, a good bridge can provide comfort for the player and improve the instrument's tone and response.
~Soundpost & bridge adjustments. Proper adjustments allow the best tone.
I offer sound adjustments $20+. Making sure the soundpost is in the proper spot will help your instrument to play well. The soundpost is key to good tone. A spruce soundpost stands inside the violin under the bridge foot on the treble side, and is custom fit for that violin and will only fit that violin. Only a trained repairman should replace a soundpost. Often poor fitting posts cause poor sound, and damage the inside of the violin or cause a major crack. Soundpost patches are common on older violins, but can be prevented with proper maintenance. If a soundpost falls over, quickly loosen all the strings and remove the bridge and tailpiece to prevent damage. A proper fit soundpost will stand upright with no strings on the violin, but should not be too tight.
~Check for open seams, cracks. -Prevention is key to instrument health.
Often not noticed, open seams are the most common repair for violins. Running a finger nail in the joint of the top / bottom and rib joint will provide clear audible evidence of an open seam; listen for a change in the sound. It is good to have a skilled repairman check over violins twice a year, usually Spring and Winter. Most damaging to instruments is a drastic change in humidity or temperature. Constant even ranges of 60-70 degrees, and 40-60% humidity are ideal.
~Gluing $70 per hour -Don't let a small problem grow.
Hide glue that is used for violin repair, it is the oldest glue known to mankind. It is a natural animal glue that is stronger than most modern chemical glues, but is water soluble. If any other types of glues are used by repair people, it should be done with caution. Many instruments have been destroyed and are now wall art due to the use of improper glues that are not removable, and render the instrument ruined. The glue needs a minimum of 2 hours to dry (small areas) and is best left overnight. If needed, I provide a loaner instrument to use while extensive repairs are being done.
~Dressing Fingerboard $80+ - Often buzzing is heard that is not related to setup issues, but the fingerboard.
An instrument used frequently will soon develop small grooves in the fingerboard due to the strings hitting the board and wearing a rut. This leads to buzzing on certain notes and false harmonics, but is easily corrected and is often a minor repair. The fingerboard of a violin is scooped with a hollow deepest at the center of the board. Cheap instruments do not always have proper fingerboard scoop and can cause buzzing on the high area of the fingerboard. It is best to make sure your violin is properly setup and adjusted to play easily.