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I AM SO MAD!!!
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September 7, 2016 - 11:04 pm
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So I was practicing my chords and during the up bow I hit the violin with the ferrule of the bow's frog and chipped a piece off the corner of the violin.

It makes me so sick to see it I don't even practice. 🙁

I keep telling myself that I can't be the first person this has happened too, so I thought I'd commiserate with you guys.

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yup, I lost the top corner of the C bout. I noticed that the grain was widening so I took it in. Luthier was not there and the shop guy put a bit of pressure on it....I said be careful, it might come off...sure enough.

The Luthier said it would have come off eventually anyway, and it would be easier/better to carve a new corner to fit. He did an excellent job, perfect fit and matched the stain. 

"Striving to attain Mediocrity"

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You should see violin!!  It gives it character.

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yup, I lost the top corner of the C bout. I noticed that the grain was widening so I took it in. Luthier was not there and the shop guy put a bit of pressure on it....I said be careful, it might come off...sure enough.

The Luthier said it would have come off eventually anyway, and it would be easier/better to carve a new corner to fit. He did an excellent job, perfect fit and matched the stain.   

I am curious, was the repair cost covered by the person who broke it off completely?

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Aw, that would be disappointing. 

So far I haven't done any damage to my fiddles, but time may fix that, lol.

~ I'm not torturing cats... I'm learning to play violin! ~

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That was supposed to say - You should see MY violin.  It came to me with tons of character.

But seriously maybe the fear of scratching a new violin is holding me back from buying a new fiddle.  One with a perfect finish.  I tend to be a bit like Pigpen from the Snoopy cartoons.

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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I can't say that I've ever damaged one of my fiddles that way, but I can certainly see how it can happen. I've often run the bow into the corner of the C bout. Just haven't hit it with the frog...yet.

That said, I used to think that you should try to keep your instrument as pristine as possible, but I've more recently come to realize that signs of wear on an instrument are often seen as a badge of honor.

To wit, Bill Monroe's mandolin and Willie Nelson's guitar:

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In fact, it seems that many brand new violins, including (or especially) expensive ones, are finished with a distressed look to make them look old and worn. The shiny, perfect violins are usually the cheap ones.

So, I would look at this damage as a notch in your belt, as they say.

exactly

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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@Schaick : The Luthier repaired it no charge, and I'm sure he didn't charge his employee, although the Luthier said it would have likely come off on it's own sooner or later.

My Luthier and I are very good friends. He knows how much I love the Violin, and also that I appreciate his art very much. ie: all the myriad nuances that make up the sound and playabilty of a violin. He's very good at what he does, and I don't think it would have taken him very long to do a good job of replacing the corner.  

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Nice!!

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FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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