Restoration and repair work is performed with regard to three important factors: 1) maintaining and/or improving the instrument's long-term health, 2) maximizing and individualizing tone, and 3) enhancing the playability and response of the bass.

Often, minor repairs can be performed which will buy time and keep a bass functioning until a later date at which major restoration is done. All repairs, including neck grafts, are performed using high-quality fresh hide glue.


Early 18th century Italian bass'
back undergoing repairs

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