Topic: Bassoon Restoration Demystified
I have a lot of questions about bassoon restoration and other cosmetic work. For background - I have an 11k Heckel which is in pretty good cosmetic condition. I, like many other bassoonists perhaps, am a vain tech-junkie bassoon nerd and am interested in learning about cosmetic work and how it may impact the bassoon. Please forgive any assumptions I make as I learn about the process.
My assumption is that an instrument is only a candidate for a full restoration when the stain and finish are worn and in very poor condition. My instrument then would likely not be a good candidate. It would be ill-advised to start over with the stain and finish and all that sanding, and likely it would affect the instrument adversely. So, what other options are there? Is it possible to touch up the stain (color) on an instrument without sanding? What about the tiger striping, can that be enhanced in places where it has worn or faded? In areas where the finish or polish has worn down and the wood is left unprotected, can that be touched up to give the instrument a uniform glossy look and to protect the wood? Even if any or all of those are possible, how much would this affect the instrument beyond the obvious cosmetic fixes? If there's always some possibility of the instrument changing drastically with cosmetic work, then is all cosmetic work useless, or at least a hefty dice roll?
I appreciate any facts or opinions on this subject. I've searched a bit into this and always wanted more information, so my hope is that this thread might be helpful to others looking for restoration or cosmetic issue advise in the future.
Last edited by Joshua Luty (2017-03-31 18:16:26)