My grand aunt gifted her antique French violin to me many years back. I had kept it in storage until recently, while clearing the store room I chanced upon it. It was not in playable condition. Among the issues, it had hairline cracks and, chips off the edges, warped fingerboard and missing sound post as well as bridge. Rita at Stradivari Strings assessed the violin advised that I get the violin restored to playable condition by her master luthier. After 4 months, from a condition of 2 out of 10, my violin is a 10 out of 10! This also motivated me to re start learning the violin.