Dots is host to four resident instrument repairers.
John Derbyshire is our in-house Luthier. Dragan Vujovic is our woodwind and brass repairer. Edward Jackman is our apprentice woodwind and brass repairer and is already accomplished with general services.
Rob Mathews does guitar repairs.
All our repairers ensure that every instrument at Dots is in top form before it leaves the shop.
Repairs in the time of C-19
Instruments for repairs need to quarantined for at least 72 hours before the repairers will approach it. Please email the shop at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to drop off your instrument. It will remain in the shop for 3 days and then hand delivered to the repairer.
Once the instrument is repaired, we'll let you know when it goes into quarantine again for 3 days before you will be able to pick it up.
Please be prepared for the extra time before we can get your instrument back to you.
Every violin and cello is especially prepared by John so that it sounds its best and is playable out of the case. This includes bridge alignment, peg cleaning, string replacement and sound post settings. John also does bow rehairing.
Dragan ensures consistent air flow, pad servicing, valve lubrication and upgrading of internals to all our woodwind and brass instruments.
All our repairers are seasoned restorers and would be happy to assess and appraise an instrument. Just drop the instrument off at the shop and we'll get back to you with an estimate. Please follow the links below for details of common repairs we carry out.