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Recently, my husband discovered an old violin in the depths of our garage. It belonged to my grandfather. There is no date on the label, but it was made in U.S. occupied Germany, so that would date it between about 1945 and 1955, correct? Considering it had been stored in various garages and basements between Michigan and Florida, for the last 35 yrs or so, I think it was in pretty great shape. After a quick polish, it looked like this.
It was only missing a few things. The chinrest was gone, the fine tuner was broken, the bridge needed replacing, and it needed some new strings. The pegs still fit and turn well. I was able to put it back together last night. I strung it with a spare set of Dominants I had lying around. It projects really well. The first thing my husband said was, "It's really loud." LOL. It plays and reacts really well, even in upper positons. I'm really excited about it. It may sound a bit nasal-like with the Dominants. I'm curious as to what it will sound like with Zyex strings.
My biggest concern right now, is the angle of the tailpiece. I must have done something wrong, because the tailpiece is sitting at a severe angle, leaning toward the treble side of the instrument. Anyone know how to remedy this?
1) The strings are put in in the wrong direction. They should be put in from the top into the tailpiece and then over the ridge part of the tailpiece.
2) Move the chinrest over to the treble side so it is not touching the tailpiece.
3) Considering the picture is taken straight on, the bridge should be moved slightly over to the E string side.
4) It looks like the bridge needs to be shaped differently. Like the hieght of the E string is the same as the G string.
5) Rewind and rehair the bow, it might be a real good one. and the case should be also repaired. I love the old cases.
Does the label say West Germany or just Germany? Judgeing by the case I'm thinking it says West Germany.
Thanks for the notes, Kevin.
Ah ha! The strings are in the tail piece incorrectly. I'll straighten that out right away.
The chinrest is not actually touching the tailpiece as it appears in the pic.
The bridge does need some further shaping, but it is not quite as evenly shaped as it appears in the picture. Yes, it is a bit off center.
I am considering getting the bow repaired.
There's a good chance this is not the original case for the instrument. Grandpa had at least a couple of violins. Several years ago we got rid of one that had been reduced to kindling. It was in an old wood "coffin" case.
The label reads:
Copy of Heinrich Theodor Haeberlein
Made in Germany U. S. Zone BKN
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