At various points in a valuable bass's life it may be necessary to open the instrument right up, strip out badly-done or failing previous repairs, and rebuild the instrument with new, long-lasting repairs that will bring out the very best in the instrument's tone, and keep the bass in good physical condition for the current and next generation of users. A good restoration will improved the look, the power and the timbre of the bass, and ensure that the instrument is resistant to normal use and climatic changes.
I combine a respect for tradition with a dash of innovation; add a careful and well-reasoned approach and plenty of good communication ... that is my recipe for a successful world-class restoration.
Maybe you have a candidate?
If you have an instrument that you suspect may need restoration, bring it in for a checkup. I will give you a detailed run-down of the work that I believe is necessary. I wont charge you for this appraisal.
As I have a waiting list, I may not be able to work on your instrument immediately, but if you want to proceed, I will work with you to find a timeframe that suits both of us.
A good restoration does not happen overnight; the principle reason is that wood is affected by climate, and the traditional glue I use takes time to dry. Sometimes I can only clean, prepare, and glue one crack in a day, then I must wait for the glue to properly dry overnight before I can move onto the next one, or start the next restoration task. For this reason also, I cannot work exclusively on one restoration; I therefore usually run several jobs in parallel.
A rushed restoration is rarely successful, so we need to allow sufficient time for the job. It is also wise to allow a contingency amount in your budget for problems that are not evident without opening the instrument.