Older instruments deserve special treatment. Depending on the state and the characteristics of an instrument as well
as the expectations and needs of its owner, it might make sense to restore the instrument to a playing state, or maybe
just to undertake conservation measures to prevent it from further decay. Unlike an overhaul of a modern instrument, a
restoration never tries to make an old instrument look brand new. I am not in favour of giving centuries-old metal
parts a high-gloss finish. An instrument's history should not be denied - it should be allowed to age in dignity.