Contemplating repairs for your valuable classical or flamenco guitar is a lot like planning for a necessary surgery. If you are fortunate enough to be treated by intelligent, intuitive, and most of all, skilled and manually adept doctors or surgeons, well versed in their areas of expertise, your health is likely to improve. Fall into the hands of a well-intentioned, clumsy hack, and you just might subtract years from your life, or worse.
Although guitars are rarely a matter of life or death, it is nonetheless important to qualify your luthier, to ensure they will produce the best possible outcome for your ailing instrument.
I have been building and repairing musical instruments for nearly two decades, and have seen a lot of guitars in my shop, including those that suffered in the hands of hack practitioners. Legendary guitars from some of the finest European and American luthiers have visited my shop for care and restoration work. The roster of my patients includes the likes of Barbero, Esteso, Viuda de Santos Hernandez, Manuel Velazquez, Manuel Reyes, Contreras, Jose Ramirez, Pedro Maldonado, Thomas Humphrey, Gerundino, Plazuelo, Bernabe, and many others. Countless thousands of hours of bench time have been invested in refining every procedure. Experience and well-informed intuition are both needed and will be called upon to ensure quality care for your musical instrument.
When you entrust your guitar to Peter Tsiorba, you can rest assured that only the least invasive and proven repair techniques will be used. You can expect museum-quality restoration work, without any corner cutting in materials, gluing techniques, French polish restoration or final set-up. The entire restoration process will be discussed in detail, and you will be kept informed of nuances that require your decisions and input. If the instrument is not worthy of expensive work, and just needs some “field hospital” repair work, I can help with that too. Even if the work is “simple” you can be confident that it will be carried out with with finesse.
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