Loose or missing wood pieces, pieces that are actually broken or are so damaged that they are eyesores, lose or missing veneer, scratched, crackled, and dull finish.
Structural repair to the rim or corpus, joining and reinforcing damaged corners, replication or replacement of missing elements or ornaments, replacing missing veneer and camouflage it to the point where all of my customers can’t find the spot any longer. Sanding down the old, dull, and crackled finish, apply vibrant stain (made in Germany) that brings out the entire colour range and the grain of the veneer.
We do not like the idea of stripping down the old finish. It is very inconvenient and much more time consuming of sanding down the old lacquer, but it will not destroy the original veneer, nor is a chemical reaction to be expected, even years after the restoration. Custom Color Matching is my wife Trudy’s speciality (come to the shop to adjust the shade to lighter or darker, more yellow, brownish, or reddish…)
For the new lacquer, water and alcohol resistant, most cases fit a semi-gloss or satin finish, where the old instrument is evidence of its age and history. Minor wood blemishes blend to the overall antique look to match the authenticity, not like the look of a 100-year-old grandma with snow-white teeth and not one wrinkle in her face, who is unable to smile any longer because her skin is lifted too tight!