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most people would consider that a total and unrepairable. And it will never sound as good as it did. But for someone like Kevin or others it becomes a learning tool for repairing other instruments. So its not will it be as good as new, its can I even get it back to good.
With violins there is no fretting over the music.
I thought I posted this yesterday, but maybe I forgot to hit the submit tab.
@Pierre, I thought you had a couple "luthiers" working for you or are they just set-up guys and not qualified or skilled to repair the instrument.
Anyone in doubt, I've watched my luthier, "Mark Schwartz" repair violins, violas, cello's and double bass' and they looked and sounded great.
So if all the pieces are there, it can be repaired, good as new.
After coming home today there was a box at my door. The violin came and it is a mess but it hasn't been mess with so the pieces fit together very well. As I though the worst of the damage is the hole where the sound post came through. That too is repairable. I must say this is a very well made violin. As I start taking it apart I will take pictures and explain how and why I am doing something to the piece. I can see this being a wonderful instrument again.
To answer some questions of when does an instrument become unrepairable. That is all up to the owner and if they want to pay a luthier more than the violin was originally worth but then worth becomes a personal thing as a violin is part of us.
fiddlestix - waving at you... been thinking of you.
@Kevin M. I am excited to hear that you might be healing enough to play. Nice to see you. Good luck on this project.
Thank you. My hand will never be what it was but I want to play again no mater how well I can. I am the only person I have to please with my playing.
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