An instrument that has been used is something more than just an instrument. It is a historical document. Restoration and research are the tools that allow us to discover and recuperate all that which these historical documents can transmit.
The development of music over the centuries has entailed the creation of new instruments and the transformation of existing ones. The various stages of musical history are reflected in instruments, thus making them veritable documents in which one finds the tracks and the changes that enlighten our musical knowledge of our past.
The instruments that have come down to us from the past are not usually in condition to be played. Being left untouched for long periods of time, adverse conditions, wear and tear, ill-performed repairs or transformations made to meet musical demands of the period can have very detrimental effects on them. The conservation of an instrument includes any measure adopted to control their condition in order to be able to display them to the public.
Although conservation is a priority aspect, it is not an exclusive end in itself but rather a function that allows the unfolding of other activities. The pedagogic, expository or musical use of an instrument allows the society of today and the future generations to enjoy a cultural heritage. The conservation and restoration of musical instruments involves diverse processes and tasks that are linked to the Museum’s programmes and activities:
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