I've been to a couple NYC luthiers, but never for anything more than setup tweaks. I'm now looking for someone to do some more involved work - fixing or replacement of a warped neck and varnish repair - and I'm wondering where to go. One issue: it's not an "important" instrument, and I'd like to go to someone who will give the same care and attention to this instrument as they would to one costing tens of thousands of dollars (or more). It's not an important instrument in any objective sense, but it's important to me.
I'm wondering if anyone can recommend someone in NYC whom they would trust with this kind of work. If anyone has any idea what it should cost (ballpark) to repair/replace a warped neck and fix the varnish, that would also be great information to have as I search for someone to do this work. The varnish repairs would be to a few areas on the top that have minor scratches, plus a small area where varnish got damaged by glue that dripped when an open seam was repaired previously.
It's hard to figure out whom to trust. Several luthiers I've met in NYC will look at my violin and tell me that the last guy who worked on it was basically a total hack, or that the instrument is not worth what I paid for it. So I'm seeking advice here before choosing someone to do this work.
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