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Wondering if anyone here has any insights into the types of glues used on some of the less expensive student violins that are made in China. My question being, do they use the traditional hide glue ? One reason I ask is that the type of glue will have a bearing on how easy the instrument is to repair should a repair require disassembly. . The proper hide glue is very strong, yet can be softened by water (i.e. steam, etc) in order to disassemble parts if a repair warrants it. If a glue is used that cannot be softened it can make certain repairs more difficult if not impossible. On the other hand hide glue is tricky to mix and work with if left for too long will spoil. So I wonder if they may use a different kind of glue to keep costs down.
I see what you are saying, Denny,,, I guess you could use this as well.
Hyde glue is the only type of glue used on any violin. I must be melted in a small pot then brushed on and let stand for a couple hour's.
Don't use anything other than hyde glue. No crazyglue or white carpenter's glue.
Yes, I have actually worked with the hide glue. It comes in dry granular form and you have to prepare it. I used it to glue the fingerboard back onto my old violin. I would never use anything else to glue a violin.
Hide glue is a tried and true adhesive for musical instruments.
But whether or not that is what they use on the cheaper instruments, I don't claim to know.
I will agree that it is what they *should* be using. But that doesn't mean it is what they actually do use. I mean, with my cheap Mendini, they *should* have spaced the strings evenly across the bridge, for example. It takes no more money to space them evenly. But they didn't. See what I mean?
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