After 40 years of experience, Peter Prier’s philosophy remains the same; . . .”If a repair is worth doing, do it right."
Peter Prier & Sons offers full service repair and restoration from the simplest to the most complex. We give free repair estimates which require an in person examination of the instrument.
Repairing an instrument often refers to minor work such as carving a new bridge, smoothing a fingerboard, treating pegs, and touching up the varnish.
Restoring an instrument generally refers to more detailed work such as removing the top, repairing cracks, grafting a scroll, pressing out arches to their original shape, and varnish work. Restoring an instrument to its original condition must be done with respect to the maker without leaving a trace of the restorer’s hand.
Peter Prier has restored and repaired some of the finest playing instruments as well as bows.
Rehairing a bow is considered necessary maintenance. At Peter Prier & Sons violins, we know how important it is to be able to count on a perfect rehair every time. We believe in quality work and quality materials. We use only the finest horse hair which comes from colder climates and remains unbleached.
Bows can require other repairs as well such as straightening the stick, repairing the frog, and replacing the grip.
While instruments and bows do call for some upkeep, there are things that you can do to protect them and prolong the need for repair. We suggest washing and drying your hands before each use, handling the instrument by its neck rather than touching the varnish, cleaning off your strings, keeping rosin dust wiped off, and avoiding exposure to extreme temperatures.
Your instrument is like a living thing, it needs constant care to be kept in optimal condition. We suggest that you bring your instrument for an annual checkup. Sometimes all it will need is a tonal adjustment. When playing your instrument the vibrations and also the changes in climate cause your bridge and soundpost to shift somewhat causing the sound to be less than what you fell in love with in the first place. A tonal adjustment will realign the post and bridge bringing sound and playability back into top shape.
We recommend the following products:
-Wittner tailpieces with built-in fine tuners. For all beginning to intermediate players, this item lets you fine-tune without shortening the after-string length.
-Bon Musica shoulder rests. Excellent for children and adults alike, this item keeps the instrument from slipping away from you.