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Taper123
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Give a Violin to Homer... and all you can say is D'oh!

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8777/18102163021_2f3567fc24_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150524_164550 by cluck2007, on Flickr

 

Was given this violin recently, and discovered it needed some work.   I'll post a few pictures for starters.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7673/17479006514_ded3f27ddd_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150524_164355 by cluck2007, on Flickr

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7772/17479006564_6d4107f2aa_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150524_164405 by cluck2007, on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8778/17479006604_41409ba82a_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150524_164430 by cluck2007, on Flickr

 

And here's where we are now at...

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7753/17479006674_f6a59534de_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150524_190224 by cluck2007, on Flickr

Now to figure out what to do 🙂

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Figured I'd start at the top... or at least the crack on the top.  Will have to look at what clamps I have, and what I'll need, yet alone the best type of glue for a crack like this.

 

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8782/18130158015_40bffc24e7_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150524_190453 by cluck2007, on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8871/17509606863_caf5520df5_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150524_191947 by cluck2007, on Flickr

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Only markings on the Violin are some on the inside, and two numbers on the outside.   Not sure if they mean anything.

 

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7732/18131327721_f3a22baf18_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150526_123806 by cluck2007, on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8801/18126769252_a7922c8c5f_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150526_123821 by cluck2007, on Flickr

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So many things to look up....

 

Anyone know much about this type of Peg and the general timeframe they were used?

 

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8814/17942373288_578c16f562_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150526_123920 by cluck2007, on Flickr

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I can't answer any of your questions, but that looks like an interesting fiddle. Will look forward to hearing more about its history and your progress restoring it.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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It looks great! ARe  you going to work on it yourself? it seems to me there's an extra piece under the fingerboard, like a spacer, did that come with the violin, if it did, it looked like someone likes to play on high strings.

Those pegs looks like Caspari pegs to me. Caspari pegs are pegs design to use without fine tuners and make tuning easy. There's a screw at the top (end?) of the thumb piece and one could use a screw drive to tighten or loosen the peg (e.g. when the peg slips) . It's like an "pioneer" version of Knilling perfection pegs.  If you were to replace those pegs with standard pegs, bushing the holes may be required. I believed it is patented in 1922 and became popular in the 50s and 60s.

the "2" on the rib could be a scratch?

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The piece under the finger board has been removed.   My guess is that it was used to raise the fingerboard up since the neck attachment point looks like it was a little off.  That's just my guess...   but after I scraped a lot of the excess glue off that area and dry fit the neck/fingerboard and top plate... it looked more like it should.  

The screw on the end of the pegs is used to tighten the tension on the friction discs.  Works just like the drag on a spinning reel.  Now that I have a name for them, I'll go read up on them 🙂

Hoping to do most of the work myself...  will see how the project progresses.

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The more I research, the more I find that most would say this is not a repair for beginners.  But I like a challenge... that's why I'm learning to play one of these things 🙂

Ordered a couple different clamps, some spruce cleats, and hide glue today to start with the crack on the top.     Been polishing the back and ribs in the meantime.  Really starting to look nice. 

Priced what some of the things I am doing would cost at some of the local violin shops.  The more I do, the more I see why they charge what they do... very time consuming and a lot of finesse required.

Will post some pics when my new tools arrive and I get busy.

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You will enjoy the instrument all the more this way. Good job.... Keep it up.

I look forward to seeing the finished product. 🙂

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