Examples of Violin, Cello & Bass repairs

All of these repairs including all images have been done by myself James Beatley. The repairs are done to the highest standards in accordance to the most uptodate publications listed here.My experience of almost forty years in making and repairing musical instruments both professionally and simultaneously having worked in mechanical engineering for twenty six years and studied violin repairing at N.S.V.M. ensures your instrument is in good hands.

The Conservation, Restoration and Repair of Stringed Instruments and Their Bows Vols 1,2&3
Edited by Tom Wilder /
Violin Restoration. A manual For Violin Makers by Hans Weissharr and Margaret Shipman

Click on the links below to see images of repairs.

Top left image shows average thickness for a violin front or belly and back. The plates are delicate and can crack easily. Top right. Schematic image for placing a bass bar and its dimensions. Bottom left schematic drawing of a Scroll and pegbox. Pegbox cracks occur around the peg holes especially the A peg and on the fluting at the rear of the pegbox. Bad positioning of pegs not allowing string clearance between the peg and the bottom of the pegbox will damage strings and crack the pegbox, strings between the top nut and peg should not be in contact with other peg/strings. The top nut and the fingerboard wear from playing and should be kept in good condition. Return to shop.