Restoring historical instruments is a key part of my work. As well as preserving the physical structure, reproducing the original sound is just as vital. Of course, the challenge of eliciting music from a piano that may well have been played by Mozart or Mendelssohn himself is an added bonus!
To ensure that restoration is performed to the very highest standards, I painstakingly research the original materials used, including strings, leather, wood and glue. Moreover, restoring historical instruments is a valuable source of insight when it comes to building new reproductions.