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Stentor 2, is this normal build quality
Finger board delamination and neck twisted
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Longstride46
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November 27, 2016 - 6:33 am
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Hi everyone, my first post, sorry it's a negative one. Having bought a second hand violin on auction site, it was very very cheap, so took a punt. 

I can see day light under most of the fingerboard and the hole fingerboard is canted to the E string, nut is also not level, looks like the neck wasn't planed level. 

I intend to return for refund, I'm worried about the Stentor products, they seem to get glowing reviews. 20161127_010249.jpgImage Enlarger20161127_010008.jpgImage Enlarger

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Welcome to the forum @Longstride46 - sorry to hear about your purchase!  

I'm not familiar with the Stentor range, other than yes, sure, I've heard them talked about and seem generally to be a reasonable beginner's outfit - in the sense of you-get-pretty-much-what-you-pay for.

I cannot believe what you are seeing there is representative of the original build by the company - if that was normal - they wouldn't sell any at all.

My own suspicion is that somewhere along the line (previous owner(s)) it has come to grief and suffered from a really, really poor home-made repair.

Return it !

And good luck with the next one ! 

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I agree with Bill. It won't have come from the factory in that condition. Definitely looks like an amateur repair job.

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Thanks for replies, the more I look at it the more I agree this couldn't have left factory like this. The fingerboard projection is 23mm.  I guess these entry level violins are best bought new and given a setup in the shop. Although how much reworking they would do must be very limited not to incur a premium 

Oh well, at least I can blame my terrible beginners playing partly on the violin 😉 

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Fiddlerman
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November 30, 2016 - 9:21 am
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Sorry for your trouble Longstride46. That in itself is not that big of a deal. Fingerboards are intentionally glued to be easy to remove if necessary. They are glued with hide glue and even come unglued when exposed to heat. As others have said, looks like a bad repair. Not enough pressure was made between the neck and fingerboard when they were gluing it back on. The fact that the fingerboard is leaning towards the E string is really not a terrible thing since the whole violin is designed to be lower on that side. Makes it easier to play as we bow on the right side. 🙂
That being said, I am not sticking up for Stentor products. We decided not to sell them because we saw too many problems that needed to be addressed.

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Ah OK, the seller offered to do a partial refund, so ends up being £20, $26. Maybe I'll keep it it as a wall hanger. 

I now have a hindersine Piacenza, sounds much better, not so bright, even with same strings Pro Arte. Also the finger positions  don't have to shift towards the bridge to stay in tune as I  play on higher strings. 

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Hmm. glad to hear you at least got a partial refund.

Good luck with your new companion !  devil-violin

Heyyyy - out of interest - I notice you referred to the final cost as being quote "so ends up being £20, $26."

I see the pound-sign "£" - are you in the UK ?????    We need MORE AND MORE UK SIDE members....   

LOL - it could have been a typo of course... LOL

Let me know....  ( North of Scotland here )

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I'm from the UK, sunny Norfolk. I must update my profile, bit lacking.  

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COOL   !!!!    Another UK member !!!!   thumbs-up

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Sounds like the seller was nice. 🙂
Glad to hear it. It might not be hard for you to get your money back on it later.

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