An important part of our activities concerns the maintenance
The tuners - who live all over the country - are on our pay-roll staff. It may seem a less spectacular job than restoration or building, but the questions that arise are in principle the same as in large restoration projects: what are the essential characteristics of the instrument, and how do we respect them with the greatest integrity?
Especially in such finishing touches the expertise of the details is a major influence on the tonal result.
An interesting mixture of restoration and building anew comes to the fore in the optimisation of more recent instruments. In the last few years we have been invited to do this in many parts of the world.
Sometimes such instruments were built on good principles, but they're simply not happy with themselves. Rather than getting rid of them, it is a sign of craftsmanship to recognise the qualities of the instruments and expand them. There is an additional thrill if the instrument was originally built by Flentrop.
In the last years of his life, Dirk Flentrop was quite decided on the subject: "That was what we intended, but we just couldn't do it at the time."