|Problems with the back come in a variety of forms, but stem largely from the stress put on the instrument by the strings, and/or the shrinkage of the wood used to build the instrument. This is often compounded by poor string choice, where modern strings, designed for the more powerful US archtops, are fitted to these old instruments. The other big factor is the hide glue used on these old instruments, which is very susceptible to the vagueries of temperature and humidity, and particularly, central heating.|
|Simple Dome||Complex Dome||Flatback||Bowlback||Rosewood Bowl|
| Which ever type of back you are
working on, there are a few common guidelines.
Then the exact repair processes depend on what type of back we are working with......
|Dome-back repair||Flat-back repair||Bowlback repair|