Robertson and Sons is a nationally renowned bowed string instrument shop located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more than 40 years, the shop has served the community and developed into a dealer of both rare and contemporary instruments and bows. Robertson and Sons is also home to an acclaimed restoration and repair department. The store houses three show rooms — one for violins and violas, one for cellos and one for basses. There is also a recital hall where clients can test out the instruments they are interested in.

I was able to enter the repair shop, where I witnessed true magic. An extremely old cello was being reshaped in a cast, as it had become dented over the years of use; a scroll was being carved; a bow that had been run over by a car was being pieced back together. The dedication and detail that are put into each piece is incredible and commendable.

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