Restoring a musical instrument is extremely delicate and fascinating work. Few other jobs can give me as much satisfaction as giving voice and dignity back to an instrument that had lost them.
Here is a guitar by Master Bartolomeo Castellani, Florence 1808, the conditions I received it in.
And after restoration…
Restoring an instrument in these conditions entails the documentary research of any possible information to know the features of similar instruments by the same Master as well as possible. It also helps find the most appropriate materials to replace missing parts, so that the restoration will be as less invasive as possible and the object will present its original features.
This ancient and important violin has regained its voice and its original beauty.
A cello fell on the floor and was seriously damaged. It needs a very difficult restoration, but in the end the result can be very satisfying!