All repair work is currently done by trained luthier Jeremy Behn. Primary focus being acoustic repairs for stringed instruments although I am trained in, and can do most basic electric repairs. My setup work is excellent and this is noticeable on electrics as well as acoustics. The violin family, including bow restoration, repair and rehair are a specialty of the shop. This includes all sizes of violins, violas, cellos and basses. The price list below (in progress and evolving) is based on 'average prices' for each job described, and are mostly for the labour aspect only. Final costs will be based on the 'actual labour', parts and material requirements of each job. Pick up and delivery service in Nelson can be arranged on a weekly basis. Creston on a monthly basis. As well as all stops in between Kaslo and Nelson-Kaslo and Creston.


  • Minimum bench chg $15
  • Rush fee (same day) $20 below $100, add 20% over a $100
  • Involved estimate $20(no chg if work is commissioned)
  • Hourly labour rate $40


  • Bow Rehair-violin/viola $80
  • Cello $90
  • Bass $100
  • Recamber bow $60 and up
  • Straighten bow $60 and up
  • Butt bushing $250
  • Reglue broken bowstickbow $30
  • New eyelet $40
  • Leather thumb wrap $40


all parts included

  • Clean/Polish $60 and up
  • New soundpost $60
  • Reset/Adjust soundpost $20
  • Student bridge $100
  • Student bridge (viola) $110
  • Pro bridge (violin/viola) $160
  • Fit new nut $60
  • Fit new std ebony pegs $100
  • Re-glue fingerboard $80
  • Peg shave (out of round-includes length adj) $80
  • Install fine tuner tailpiece (tailpiece included) $60
  • Install new endpin (pin included, violin only) $20
  • Install new strings (includes peg dope) $25+strings


  • Dress fret ends $30
  • Fretdress $120
  • Refret $300 and up
  • Refret w/bound fingerboard $350
  • Install new strings $20 +string cost
  • Clean fingerboard $15
  • Bone Nut $80
  • 12 String Bone Nut $100
  • Bone saddle $50
  • Intonated bone saddle $75-$100
  • Crack repairs $20 per/in and  $10 per/cleat
  • Reglue bridge $120 ands up
  • Install fitted bridge pins $60+pins


  • Install railroad spikes $10ea
  • Change synthetic head $60+head


Turn of the Century B&J University Parlor Guitar

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Here’s a really sweet little parlour guitar from the turn of the century. The top is solid spruce, neck is Spanish cedar with a hard “V”-shape, the back and sides appear to be birch. It recently had a refret, and a neck set done (not by us) as well as a new rosewood bridge made.

We were very lucky to come across this instrument at a decent price and found that just a bit more work could bring it to the next level.

The work we did includes a new bone nut.

Here we see apprentice Kevin John setting the string spacing, which must be quite precise for a comfortable feel in the player’s hand.

The saddle slot in the new bridge was shallower than we like to see so we (very, very carefully!) deepened it using a dremel and this handy jig from Stew-Mac.

New Intonated bone saddle made for the deepened saddle slot: we also brought the action up to amend some buzzing that was happening along the bass strings when we got it, and stained the bridge to better match the overall aesthetic of the guitar.

Kevin getting creative by re-purposing violin bows into go-bars in order to glue cracked and loose bracing inside the guitar.

An instrument, when taken care of, can out live its maker, can be passed on from one generation to the next. In fact as the wood ages it cures and the tonal qualities improve.

This old gal still has many miles and many songs in her before she is done.

Soundport with magnetic door

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Here’s a soundport I added to a clients Yamaha classical. With the door off the player receives a boost in volume and hears or experiences  more of the guitars voice that is directed out the main sound hole towards an audience. The door can also be left on to keep the sound projection as it was which can be helpful when playing in a group and listening for everyones levels. Soundports are not a gimmick, they can definitely enhance the players experience, almost like a natural monitor. As with many advancements they were developed by hand builders and are now showing up in a few commercial instruments, along with arm bevels!

I Like to Wrap!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

oldthumbwrapThis old thumwrap is done, obviously!

reoldersilverSilver wire after anchoring the end in a matching hole and resoldering.

newwrapCutting some new kangaroo leather with a straight razor. Measurements and tapers must be exact for a clean look.

clampingwrapAnd here’s how we clamp this tricky glue job for thumb wraps.

finishedwrapThat’s a wrap!

Violin Touch Up

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

IMG_0825This old violin suffered some varnish loss on each side of the lower bout on the back due to some form of shoulder rest abrasion.

IMG_0873With the base colour established layering varnish/colour begins with close attention to retaining the detail of summer/winter grain lines.

IMG_0875Getting close, light sanding between layers and reducing the table edge thru new colour to mimic natural wear.


baroque bow button repair

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

baroque bow missing buttonThis bow accompanied a tenor viola da gamba that that came thru the shop. The button had long since cracked and disappeared.



Turning the new button out of brazil wood on my mini lathe.

turning new button

New button installed true on the old shaft.

Installed on shaft

Completed repair and a functioning bow again.

completed button

Blues Repair

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

A&K repair1

A guitar dropped at ‘just the right angle’, allowing it to impact on an edge will easily cause damage without much force, especially in cedar.

A&L repair

This is one of the Godin series of acoustics with some sort of poly based finish. More challenging to repair than a nitro type finish but doable with patience! Not 100% invisible but close.

Common Bow Repair

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Frogs that are stubborn in movement when tensioning hair and have a gap between them and the stick are common and in many cases are due to a loose eyelet or, as in the case of this bow, an eyelet that was installed at an incorrect angle. Correct alignments and tolerances of all the components that join frog and stick together are a necessity if the frog is to move easily and to reduce wear on the parts. None of this is too surprising as tensioning the hair definitely produces some stress on these relatively delicate moving parts.

Correcting a loose or misaligned eyelet is usually straighforward with the wonderful eyelet alignment tool in the photo below. One can drill an oversize hole for an oversize shank eyelet at a perfect right angle to the underslide. Or one can drill out the entire damaged area and fill it with an ebony plug and redrill for a std eyelet depending on the situation.

Loose EyeletThis frog had an eyelet installed at quite an angle.

Eyelet Alignment ToolRemoved existing eyelet on left, drilled an oversive hole with tool pictured and installed thick shank eyelet.

Std vs Thick ShankStd vs Thick Shank Eylet.

New EyeletNew eyelet installed solidly and showing good alignment!

Violin Crack Repair

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

This lovely violin had an old crack that was beginning to reopen and fill with grime, as seen to the left. Always more of a challenge when the crack ends blind in the middle of the top!

Below left, apologies for the blurry photo, one can see the caramelized sludge when the crack is flexed for cleaning. Below right is a photo after the crack has been cleaned, one has to be very careful to leave the wood intact while cleaning for a good glue joint.

The middle two photos below show the clamping during glue up and cleating processes. Cleating reinforces the crack and hopefully prevents another reopening.

The last photo at the bottom of the page shows the top reattached to the rest of the violin and varnish touch-up over the reglued crack, all done!     CR 2CR 3CR 4CR 5CR 6

Adjusting wheels for Double Bass bridges

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Adding anodized aluminum adjustment wheels to a well  fitted decent quality bass bridge is a useful modification I offer at the shop. Makes seasonal action adjustments much easier and far more affordable! Done well the affect on tone and energy transmission is totally acceptable.   alum thumb wheelreduced mass

We take care of the details!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The fact is that many commercial guitars and violins have poor setup, not all, but many. Here are some photos of a maple/ebony saddle in the spider/bridge of a brand new resonator. The core of this guitar is fine, with decent quality for the money and a very good sounding american made cone from Paul Beard. The saddle however is not that well done and unfortunately it’s an important part of good tone production. These are the sorts of details I address on any instruments that I carry. Most of what I carry doesn’t have these issues but occasionally some of the instruments I sell do need some attention and rest assured that if they don’t get addressed before going on the floor for sale I try to make sure they get addressed before they get sold and even then you need only bring the instrument back to me after purchase and I will deal with these factory oversights free of charge.

Poor saddle fit

Poor saddle fit-old

Good string slots

New saddle/bridge fit

New saddle

New Saddle

Good saddle to bridge fit

New string slots

Poor slots

Poor Slots-old saddle

Poor height adj

Very poor height adj-old