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Paul
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I had the same thing happen to me last weekend. My uncle gave me a fiddle with a stad. lable in it. It was his aunt's fiddle said it was from the 1930's. I took it home and cleaned the old rosin off the strings and tuned it up. It sounded pretty good but I noticed a crack in the back at the bottom and also below the pin the tailgut attaches to. I loosened the strings and took it to a luthier last Tuesday, he is going to charge me about $45 to fix it. Can't wait to get it back.

I got my fiddle back today. It looks great. He played it for me before I left and it sounds good also. Right now it has some old steel strings on it that need to be changed even at that, the sound is nice. I will be getting some better strings for it latter.

He reglued the block and the ribs above and below the end pin. Clamped the seam in the back but the wood had shrank and couldn't close it completely. He has a substance he filled it with (not wood filler) something he mixed up with the glue to prevent it from spreading apart again. He also reglued it to the block.

His name is Clinton Grosz he is a member of the Louisville Orchestra, in Louisville Kentucky . He restores and repairs violins. He also gives lessons. If any need a luthier in the Louisville area he would be a good one.

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I'm amazed that he has time to do all those things. Is Louisville Orch a part time orchestra?

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Wow. I wonder if there's any luthier here. Anyway, have fun fiddling!!wink

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I don't know much about them but, I looked at there schedule and looks like 1 or 2 performances a month. I would think that would be considered part time. How often do full time orchestras perform? I'm sure it considerably more.

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That is definitely part time. I think at least 4 concerts a month is more normal. I'm used to playing a different program every week and sometimes two. Also concerts at least once a week if it is not popular enough to double or have a family concert on the weekend.

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Huey142 said:

Wow. I wonder if there's any luthier here. Anyway, have fun fiddling!!wink

 

According to the link I post (luthier around the world), there is one in KL, didn't see one in your area. If there's a violin shop I'm sure there's someone there to help you out.

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I see, well I was just wondering anyway because I don't see any violin shops around here. A friend of mine said Yamaha sold them but each time I looked in when I passed by, I only saw piano. Oh well, I'll just go inside and ask them when I want to buy one.wink

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