I have been repairing and restoring instruments for the past 20 years. It is most important in this work to respect the original intention of the maker.
While working on instruments by great masters I take the opportunity to study them closely. The gained knowledge and inspiration naturally is the base for my own instruments. My violins are based on old Italian masters like Stradivarius and Guadagnini. Currently you can test one of my instruments in Germany at Jost Thöne (www.violin-expo.de). Further instruments can naturally be found in my workshop.
The sound is influenced at large by bridge, soundpost and strings. Are you sure you get the best out of your instrument?
Any instrument should be cleaned and checked over once a year to prevent more serious damages and to assure its sound quality.
Bowmaking/repairing is a profession of its own, even though I offer bowrehairs to my regular customers. In addition to my own instruments, I also sell old intruments at different prices. Instruments sold on commision have to be in the same excellent condition as the others.