Throughout its life, an instrument will undergo normal wear and tear. Thus, an instrument will require routine maintenance and repairs when components become misaligned, when seams open due to weather changes, and in cases of accidental damage. (It happens to everyone!) Below is a quick summary of basic repair services Lane & Edwards offers. Our knowledgeable staff will help you determine what (if any) work needs to be done to your instrument to return it to its maximum potential.

Bow Rehair and Repair

We are Louisville’s first choice in bow rehairing and restoration services. Catering to the entire strings family of bows, including baroque style and antique bows. Need Black hair instead of white? Want a particular color? Feeling more Salt and Pepper these days? Our pleasure. Other available bow services:

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  • Tip Repair/Replacement
  • Grips of All Types: Rubber, Sterling, Leather, Lizard, whale bone, faux whale bone
  • Bow Recambering
  • Pernambuco Splice for broken Stick/Head
  • Frog/Slide Replacement
  • Brass Eyelet Replacement
  • Screw/Button Repair, Replacement

Michel Samson collector, historian and world renowned violinist

Mark recently rehaired a rare violin bow for me and I was quite impressed by the skill, professionalism, and care he demonstrated with such a delicate task. It’s wonderful to have an experienced local source for bow and instrument maintenance. Both Matt and Mark have a serious interest in important historic luthiers and bow makers and I enjoy stopping by their shop to share information. Wishing Lane & Edwards Violins continued success and a bright future as they provide an important resource for the community and its musicians.”


Minor Adjustments and Repairs

Minor adjustments might not seem like they would make a big difference in your instrument’s sound. But added up, all the things on our list can have a massive positive effect on the sound of your instrument. To the discerning ear of a professional musician, even one of these items makes for a significant change in the sound and function of a stringed instrument.

  • Top Nut Repair/Replacement
  • Saddle Repair/Replacement
  • Soundpost Adjustments/Setting/Replacement
  • Endbutton/Endpin Repair/Replacement
  • Peg Repair/Replacement
  • Fine Tuner Replacement


Bridge Replacement

When an instrument needs a new bridge, we are ready with choice pieces of maple from Aubert, Despiau, and others. Aubert bridge levels consist of Student, #7, and DeLuxe. Similarly, Despiau differentiates its quality level by a number of stars ranging from one to three. There are many factors that affect how your bridge works with your instrument.  The curvature, weight, density, height, shape, and much more can drastically affect the sound of your violin. Furthermore, just a few millimeters’ difference between proper and improper placement of the bridge can affect the sound of your instrument quite radically.


Intensive Repairs

All instruments will occasionally require more involved interventions, whether your violin is a family heirloom, valuable personal instrument, or a museum-quality masterpiece. Each repair is received with care, executed in patient effort, and leaves with our proud guarantee. We provide the following services for instruments that require more demanding restoration efforts:

  • Neck Replacement
  • Neck Reset
  • Fingerboard Regluing/Planing/Replacement
  • Top Removal
  • Crack Repair with Cleats
  • Closing Loose Seams
  • Broken Scrolls
  • Finish repair/protection: All types of finish work are available, from spot finishing to total varnish restoration.