Bill's Restoration Work
When Chris Aronston, a folk fiddle player from rural Australia had the misfortune of seeing his beloved 230 year old German violin fall apart some years ago he thought he may never be able to get it repaired as there were no luthiers around for thousands of miles. Then he remembered that 3 years ago whilst visiting relatives in Worcestershire he had come to the Jinney Ring Craft Centre and seen the work of William piper the violin maker and repairer.
So he decided to make the 7000 mile trip with his sad violin in tow determined to stay until the instrument was repaired.
On inspection Bill said that it was a German violin of about 1770-1800 by Johann George Gutter made in the Dresden town of Markneukirchen which during its life had required many repairs and was in a very fragile state. Apparently years ago someone had driven a car over it!
Bill elected to rebuild the scroll and attach it back to the neck and make a new fingerboard, then completely refit to good playing order.
Chris was understandably apprehensive having had the work done by Luthiers in Australia to no avail.
However over a period of a few weeks the aged violin was transformed to its former glory and Bill said it was a joy to hear Chris play it again.
During its time with Bill the violin was examined and played by professor Ulrich Guenther an expert in German violins of this period and he confirmed that it was a good example of the makers work with a very resonant rich and powerful tone.