I have been involved in
restoring old instruments, most of them mandolins, which I have recorded photographically.
They have tended to be instruments that are of no significant monetary or
historical value, though some were of great sentimental value to their owners.
Hence these instruments were unlikely to see the insides of a professional
I have presented the restoration
work in several main areas for convenience. Photos are taken from work on over 200
instruments, and illustrate a few of the
challenges, and some of the recurring problems with bowl-backs especially, but also
with flatbacks. Hope fully also they show some of the possible solutions.....
When I restore an instrument, I hope always to be able to bring
it back to playability,
thus, as one local luthier put it..... '......giving it back its soul'.