<<< The various stages of
my restoration works on a Kennedy cello
(through patch with flame matching)
We are often asked about the difference between repair and restoration.
With a repair the damage gets mended and the instrument can function as it did before, with the strength it had before, but the damage is mended quickly and is often not made invisible.
With restoration the damage gets mended too, of course, but on top of that we have some additional things to consider.
Conservation: to prevent unnecessary loss of cultural and historical heritage, we carry out an assessment on which and how much wood we will need to cut away or keep with the instrument in all cases.
Structurally sound: especially with older, more fragile, instruments it is important, that the instrument is structurally sound and strong enough to withstand the normal pressures and forces of modern day set-up and string technology.
the damage cannot open up on its own and the instrument will sing as it did before (maybe even better!)
Also Aesthetically pleasing: when possible the damage will be made invisible through retouch and careful wood selection on grain, growth rings, reflection and age. After correct restoration it will seem the damage never happened. The instrument has been restored to its former glory.