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Cracked violin. Price estimate, still playable?
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Hey so my friend just leant me his violin but it has a pretty fair crack in it. If you could tell me if the violin is still playable and if it is a rough estimate for the repair price please. Here's a couple pictures thank you for your IMG_2499.JPGImage Enlargertime.IMG_2498.JPGImage Enlarger

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Others here know more about repairs. Kevin will lniw.

 

If you play it now, just check that your bridge is in line with the small notches in the middle of the f holes. It looks a little close to the tailpiece to me

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TerryT said
Others here know more about repairs. Kevin will lniw.

 

If you play it now, just check that your bridge is in line with the small notches in the middle of the f holes. It looks a little close to the tailpiece to me

I'd love to! I just don't know how to play nor do i know any thing about the violin. 

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grassman02 said

I'd love to! I just don't know how to play nor do i know any thing about the violin. 

Just browse around this site for a bit and you'll soon be ready to play! I can also recommend the Wikipedia article on violins, it's very informative. Good luck!

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On the forum home page follow the link that says if youve never touched a violin before, click here! It gives you all the info.

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Kevin will surely be able to advise you.
You'll need to remove the top to apply the glue and wooden tabs.
http://www.stringrepair.com/Vi.....Repair.htm

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There is a way to glue this seam and not remove the top but it seems to be right along the base bar. The best repair for this would be to remove the top and the glue it up and install cleats. I know it sounds bad but it really isn't. Find a local Luther and see what they suggest. I would not play it like that at all due to the location of the crack. The base bar could be loose and it is the base bar that gives the top a lot of it' s strength.

As Terry said the bridge is way back on the violin.

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As other's have stated, the bridge is set too far back and the tailpiiece is too far forward. It actually appear's that the tailpiece is not the one for that violin. If the picture's are true to scale, it look's as if the tailpiece may have came from a 15" or 16" viola. Trying to scale (using my 3 violin's) the tailpiece, it look's like it could be in the 120-125mm range in length. Even if the tailpiece is move back 3/8"-1/2", it look's like it will still be past the lower end's of the F hole's. The tailpiece length's on all three of my violin's are in the 110 - 112 mm range.

It could be the picture's are deiving but that's what I get from it.

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As other's have stated, the bridge is set too far back and the tailpiiece is too far forward. It actually appear's that the tailpiece is not the one for that violin. 

You're right. It's not deceiving (it doesn't look right at first glimpse, but I don't know what it is). Thanks for pointing that out. It appears that tailpiece is too big/too long for the violin.

 

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Fiddlestix said
As other's have stated, the bridge is set too far back and the tailpiiece is too far forward. It actually appear's that the tailpiece is not the one for that violin. If the picture's are true to scale, it look's as if the tailpiece may have came from a 15" or 16" viola. Trying to scale (using my 3 violin's) the tailpiece, it look's like it could be in the 120-125mm range in length. Even if the tailpiece is move back 3/8"-1/2", it look's like it will still be past the lower end's of the F hole's. The tailpiece length's on all three of my violin's are in the 110 - 112 mm range.

It could be the picture's are deiving but that's what I get from it.

 

"deiving" ?  good grief, am I using TerryT's Iphone w/spellcheck ?

I've been wondering since I posted, if it's not maybe a 1/2 or 3/4 size violin. The whole thing just look's odd, to me anyway's.

 

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