Welcome to Wall Independent

Welcome to Wall Independent

Welcome to Wall IndependentWelcome to Wall IndependentWelcome to Wall Independent


 We're a small independent shop, specializing in  violins and violas. We also manufacture and sell Luthier Lights (tm)


Specializing in Violin and Viola, repair, restoration, and


*Set-up and adjustment 

*Instrument sales
*Cleaning and polishing   

*Fingerboard planing and replacement
*String installation 

*Peg fitting and replacement
*Soundpost setting and replacement   

*Peg hole bushings
*Bridge adjustment and replacement 

*Internal repairs, including bassbar  work
*Nut adjustment and replacement  

*Varnish touch-up
*Crack and seam repairs         

*Neck resetting
*Bow rehairing and minor repairs

I  will work with you to determine how much work needs to be done to bring  your instrument into playable condition and present you with an  estimate for the work. My prices should be competitive to, or lower than  many other shops. 


That old fiddle from the attic

So, you’ve got this old fiddle that you found in the attic

What will it take to get it into nice playing condition? That will  depend on what repairs and restorations need to be done. In the best  cases, it might just need a good cleaning and some new strings. Old  “attic” violins in this condition are a minority. Most will need at  least some repairs and adjustment. Most commonly, I see instruments with  some open glue joints, worn out pegs, cracks, worn finger boards, and  poorly fitted bridges. In many cases, repairing cracks will require  opening up the body. In some cases, the cost of the repairs can exceed  the value of the instrument. In some cases, I can use slightly  non-traditional repairs to “salvage” these instruments at a slightly  lower cost. 


Let’s take a look at some repairs.


 Crack repair- This instrument had extensive cracks in the belly. Part of  this was caused by extreme thinness in the lower part. This picture  shows the cleating that was necessary to repair the cracks. The linen  patches in the thin areas will prevent further cracking without  excessively stiffening the area.

Pegbox bushing- This is a  fairly common repair. As the pegs are used, there is some wear and  enlargement of the holes. When it gets to the point where the holes are  too large to fit new pegs, bushings are in order. Shown here are spiral  bushings. These are very strong, and less intrusive than full bushings.  These are also used to help repair some pegbox cracks.

Bass bar  replacement. – Not commonly done, but in the picture shown, it was a  necessary part of a crack repair right at the bass bar.

Bridge  replacement- Necessary in the case of any neck angle change, or if the  bridge gets broken. Neck angles can shift as instruments age, or be the  result of repairs. Fingerboard replacement will also require a new  bridge. Very inexpensive instruments are often not set up well, and may  require bridge replacement or adjustment. 


 Here's an old German fiddle, about 100 years old. The inside of the top  has been smoothed out, bass bar replaced, and bushings put into peg  holes. This will also get a new fingerboard..