A step by step neck graft
We thought it'd be interesting to detail the process of a neck graft, it's a repair which is done infrequently but when done expertly should produce an invisible join and an instrument as good as new.
The most common reason for needing a neck graft is that the existing neck has snapped down at the heel (nearest the body). Occasionally it is also carried out to correct the dimensions of aninstrument with a neck too narrow or the wrong length. This repair is by far the most common on a cello, proportionally the neck is thinner than on a violin or viola and there is more tension. The break often happens when an instrument falls over, again more likely with a cello.