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by Bryan Galloup
This job came to me from Ohio. The owner told me the story of how it belonged to his favorite uncle and he'd tried several times to have it repaired. In this case money wasn't an issue, he just wanted to do this out of respect for someone he'd admired. This is a common dilemma luthiers are faced with where the cost of some restoration rivals or surpasses the value of the instrument. I carefully explain the repair cost in relationship to the “restored” instrument's value. If the customer is okay with the price and I think the guitar's worth the effort I'll take the job on.