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St. Louis Strings Repairs
Saint Louis Strings is a full service shop located in Dog Town specializing in repair, regular and acoustic restorations. It is headed by luthier Michael Kocher who is backed by the full staff of K. C. Strings Violin Shop. The instruments, services and resources of St. Louis Strings and K. C. Strings are available in St. Louis.
  • We have an extensive Instrument and Bow repair department.
  • We give free repair estimates.
  • There is a $60 per hour fee for bench work/adjustments not listed.
  • There is a 20% discount on student fractional size instrument repair
  • Here are prices of some standard jobs that are most common:

Bow Repair

  Violin Viola Cello Bass

Bow Rehair

50

55

60

65
(+$8 for S&P)

Tighten Bow Hair

22

24

26

29

Thumb Grip:
    New, Full (leather)
    New Short Thumb grip over the winding

55
34

60
36

70
39

88
48

German Silver Winding w/Thumb grip

88

92

99

126

Sterling Silver Winding w/Thumb grip

108

112

130

164

Winding Plastic (shrink wrap)

10

14

17

20

Tip - Plastic / bone

68 / 125

69 / 128

74 / 132

79 / 156

Frog Eyelet

22

22

25

29

New Slide

76

78

89

99

New Bow Screw & Eyelet

50+

54+

66+

76+

Broken Bowhead

190

192

198

220

Straighten or Re-camber

68

72

90

120

Instrument Repair

  Violin Viola Cello Bass
Bridge -
   Student Standard

   French Deluxe
   Re-cut Existing
68
 
 125
30
77
  
 136
33
136
   
240
36
196
(metal bridge adjusters: 80)
350
58
Crack Repair -
  
Each, No Top Removal
   Each, With Top Removal
 
40+
250+
 
45+
280+
 
70+
580+
 
85+
960+

Glue Seam (each per opening)

20+

22+

30+

42+

Pegs -
   Refit/Adj. each
   Ebony Set
   Boxwood Set
   Peg/Button Hole Bushing

18
96
140
100

20
102
160
110

28
168
204+
148

n/a
Shop machines 620
KCS machines 1,020
169

Sound Post

45

47

57

75

Nut -
   Replace
   Re-glue nut/saddle
   Raise/Shim/Reshape

58
15
30

63
15
30

82
18
45

120
26
60

Saddle - Replace

75

82

100

130

Tail Gut - Replace

18

18

28

39

Endpin/End Button
   Gotz, KCS

26
-

29
-

70
144

90
180

Fingerboard -
   Refit/Straighten/Re-glue
   Re-glue loose part
   Plane & "Dress"

70
25
75

77
28
83

125
40
130

190
60
230

Neck -
   Re-glue (student)
   Pull-up/Raise Projection
   Reset (w/student bridge)
   New Corner incl. retouching
   New Edge incl. retouching

126
110
280
260+
160+

135
120
320
280+
180+

252
180
640
320+
220+

360
n/a
960
380+
260+

Clean and Polish

54+

60+

108+

228+

Touch-up

80+

90+

request

request

Tailpiece -
   Composite Tailpiece (installed)
   Wittner Tailpiece (installed)
20
36
22
38
30
58
130(wood)
-

Top Sound Post Patch
(includes casting, no reshaping or arch)

840

990

1,360

1,760

Back Sound Post Patch
(includes casting, no reshaping or arch)

1,420

1,490

2,290

2,890

Fingerboard - replace (incl. new nut)

420

444

612

940

Neck -
   Broken Heel w/Finger board removal
   w/ finger board on
   Neck Reset Incl. Neck Removal
   Neck Graft
   Reshape Neck w/Touchup

250
150
613
1,750
200

270
170
660
1,750
220

400
220
890
2,100
380

600
320
Request
3,850
640

New Bass Bar (All work)
   Gated C Extension w/installation
   Slide C Extension w/installation

684+
 
 

720+
 
 

1,176+
 
 

1,680+
1,380
1,150

 
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