The restoration of a fine Dutch Violin

It was the beginning of the COVID pandemia and I expected to have a lot of time for a nice side project, so when the violin connoisseur Zwier Regelink contacted me if I wanted to restore a violin that Matthieu Besseling discovered, it was hard to say no.

The instrument was in bad shape, with a torn off button, numerous cracks and a sunken arching. The instrument is definitely Dutch, concluding from it's style and whalebone purfling. The specific maker is still uncertain, but dendrochronological research dated the youngest year ring from 1660.

After 2 years the instrument was ready to being played again.