Definitively it is highly important and absolutely necessary  to do beside making new instruments tzo restore old ones.  From this work one will get the knowledge, feeling and inspiration which is highly necessary to make instruments in the style of a special period or school. It will be te same doing this for the European lute from the medieval,renaissance or baroque period, which I did now for over 35 years, than in making an aoud, lets say a syrian style aoud like Bedrossian or Nahat.

For both types of instruments I already had the chance to make resorations of really interesting instrument: