Starting with a hobby, Charles Busuttil has development a knack on restoring cord instruments with a passion, which eventually led him to a full-time job. Speaking during an interview with TVM, Charles said that this work gave him the opportunity to meet with various great musicians who had their instruments repaired by him while performing in Malta concerts.
Busuttil’s garage in Ħaż-Żabbar is the ultimate hope for musicians of cord instruments who need the necessary restoration. His knack on instruments restoration started when he was a university student and developed the trade while working on instruments with his father 30 years ago.
“There are instruments of great value…rare ones in very good condition and original…for the monetary value. Then you have instruments with more sentimental values….memorable ones”.
He says that some of the instruments are brought in precarious condition, such as this 19th Century double bass from a band society club. Charles says that restoration process on the instrument may take two years….the same can be said on this violin.
“This violin, known as a fiddle, was underwater in an American riverboat. It has to be rebuilt….thank God there is nothing missing and it is beautiful. A jigsaw puzzle….and a lot of patience”.
Charles passion and talents are not limited only to Malta as he has restored instruments of major musicians who visited Malta.
Michael Bolton, Zucchero, Claudio Baglioni, Riccardo Cocciante, Tom Jones, The Wailers, Uriah Heep, Chris Norman (Smokie), Riccardo Fogli, Leo Sayer, Fish (Marillion), Lucio Dalla, James Blunt u Tom Jones are some of the artists who were in Malta and collaborated with him.
Charles says that he is proud that he passed on his talents to his children.