New blog reveals the art of restoring fine stringed instruments

A renowned restorer of fine old stringed musical instruments from London has produced a new blog which gives a detailed, and rare, insight into the art of restoring stringed instruments. Bridgewood & Neitzert are London restorers, repairers and dealers and are now offering lovers of fine old violins, cellos and other stringed instruments a rare chance to see the art involved through their brand new blog at http://www.antique-violins.co.uk .

You can follow them at work courtesy of notes and top quality photos and be taken through the entire repair and restoration process. You will see them working on such old and rare stringed instruments as an 1811 Thomas Kennedy cello.

Gary Bridgewood of Bridgewood & Neitzert and his team work on some of the world’s rarest fine stringed instruments. Gary who began building instruments at an early age and now manages the shop and workshop noticed that restoration and repair photos and information were popular on the company’s Facebook page and people seemed to want more.

As restorers of some rare, old, and often very valuable stringed instruments we consider ourselves to be very lucky to be able to see the work of the original craftsmen up close. When we have to open up an old instrument you’re getting a unique look at its history, the method of the maker, and the evolution of instruments such as violins and cellos over time. We wanted to share this with all the other people out there who have a love for these instruments, how they were made, and what gives them their special sound and voice”

Gary sees the blog as having a wide appeal.

Musicians, stringed instrument enthusiasts, owners, collectors and anybody who’s interested or involved in restoring or repairing old instruments may find the information and the photographs of real interest. There’s a lot of information on the Web about the different makers of stringed instruments and the restoration pictures and information that we publish should help to provide an extra insight and dimension into how these beautiful instruments are maintained. It’s another electronic resource and point of reference for lovers of stringed instruments everywhere”.

The new blog already features an interview with Gary Bridgewood about producing a copy of bass viol bridge, and some magnificent photographs and information about the extensive restoration and repair of an 1811 Thomas Kennedy cello.

We will be adding details and photos of different restoration and repair projects to the blog as we go and anyone who ‘Likes’ our Facebook page will receive a notification when the new posts are added” says Gary.

The 1811 Thomas Kennedy cello restoration for example shows how we managed to re-establish the arching which had flattened over time, and reinforce the instrument from the inside. Although we have established methods for repairing and restoring instruments no two instruments are ever really the same. The beautiful instruments that we’re able to work on and the many different challenges they give us keep the work fresh and interesting and help expand our knowledge of instruments and their makers. We hope that the new blog will reflect this”.



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