All these instruments are awaiting restoration and repair work. Most of them come from European workshops and each one contains something I can learn from.
I’ve found a desk magnifier very useful when doing restoration work, especially in examining the finer details of a maker’s craft – or in identifying original materials used in something like the purfling.
I’m currently restoring this cello, made in 1911 by Camillo Mandelli ‘da Calco’. He was a student of Bisiach but spent the early part of his career in Buenos Aires, where this instrument was made.
I’ve just finished making this violin, and now I have a playing-in device attached to the bridge. I also use a ‘music table’, essentially a speaker fitted to a bench, which vibrates the wood and turns it into a resonator.
The window looks into the waiting room, where customers can watch the work being done if they like. It also contains a piano, a case with violins for sale, and some traditional instruments I’ve picked up here and there.
(Right) My instrument testing room contains a table full of accessories for sale, and a bureau that I’ve converted to hold bows, patterns and templates. There are some copies of The Strad on the music stand.