Repair and Restoration Services
We provide professional repair services for all the instruments we sell, and museum quality restoration for antique instruments. We are the only dedicated hurdy-gurdy restoration facility in North America.
An antique Pajot luteback being restored
If you have a hurdy-gurdy which needs repair or restoration, please contact us for information on how to get the instrument to our shop for a full evaluation. We will provide an analysis of the work needed on each aspect of the instrument to bring it to full playability and original condition. With your approval of each line item on this estimate, we will begin work on your instrument. Very occasionally we will encounter unseen damage or other problems which substantially change our estimate. In this situation we will contact you for your permission to continue.
The peghead of the Pajot having the friction pegs refitted
We regret that we only work hurdy-gurdies that we make or sell, and those that were built by builders who are no longer available to perform repairs on the instruments they built.
It's an honor to work on antique hurdy-gurdies, to hold in our hands and bring back to life the wood and metal that were shaped by a builder so long ago. It is always our intent to serve both the instrument (by making it playable again) as well as the legacy we have been left by these luthiers, (by making the repairs and replacement parts as authentic and appropriate to the instrument as possible).
Replacing a broken rib on a luteback
On modern instruments we can add desired features (such as a drapeau) or change the peghead from friction pegs to machine tuners, as shown here.
Volksgurdy by Michael Hubbert with friction pegs
Volksgurdy refitted with machine tuners
We occasionally obtain used hurdy-gurdies which we sell on consignment.
A listing and photos of the instruments we presently have are on the Used
Instruments page. If you are looking for a hurdy-gurdy, but don't
want to pay a lot of money, here are some things to consider:
Antique French instrument awaiting restoration
Custom laser services
One of the tools we have available to us is a computer-controlled laser cutter, which we use for engraving and piercework. Please inquire if you would like to ask about commissioning a piece or project. Some examples are shown here, with more on the inlay options page.
Custom lasered top on a symphonie model (when we made them).
Custom lasered medallion inlaid in a wheel cover
Volksgurdy inlaid with silver in a cavity cut with the laser
Please contact us if you have comments or questions about this page or other pages on this site.
Alden and Cali Hackmann
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