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The Art of Instrument Set-Up

Terry Allen, the owner of Evergreen Workshop and violin maker, performs most set-up and violin repairs in-house for the Virginia Peninsula. Terry’s philosophy is that set-up is an art, a combination of all things that make an instrument playable. From adjusting the way the pegs turn to properly shaping the fingerboard, nut, saddle, soundpost and bridge, the set-up determines the instrument’s play-ability. For example, one-tenth of a millimeter can make a world of difference in the fit of a soundpost.

Each of these adjustments can substantially improve the sound of your instrument.

Instrument Repair

Any object, no matter how lovingly used, will encounter wear and tear over time. Terry’s approach as a violin maker is to start with the least invasive repair.

When making repairs, he consults with the instrument’s owner on the appropriate plan of action, giving estimates upfront and contacting the customer if and when additional repairs are needed.

Call or come by Evergreen Workshop for an instrument consultation. We’re centrally located for the Virginia Peninsula in City Center Oyster Point – Newport News.

String Instrument Repair

  • Carve a New Bridge
    (Bridges come as “blanks” and must be custom fitted.)
  • Soundpost – Reset or Replacement
  • Fingerboard Dressing
  • Nut or Saddle Replacement
  • Shim a Nut
  • Varnish Re-touch
  • Instrument Clean & Polish
  • Crack Repairs
  • Open Seam Repairs

Bow Repair

  • Bow Re-hairing
    • Violin & Viola Bows
    • Cello Bows
    • Double Bass Bows
  • Lappings
    • Sterling Silver Wire
    • Goatskin Thumb Leather
    • Lizardskin Thumb Leather