Where the button broke away I can see the internal patch/wedge from a previous button repair/neck reset, placed to support the button repair.
I consider myself a competent amateur repairer and was wondering if some of the more experienced members could give me some advice. Should I attempt my first neck reset and button repair on such a nice old instrument? I've worked on some German and JTL factory fiddles and feel confident on something of that value but this cello is a step above them. How should I go about dealing with the previous button repair internal patch/wedge? Remove it or leave it in place and just carve it down?