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School boy undergoes surgery after being hit in eye with violin tuning screw
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April 11, 2016 - 8:37 pm
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From The Violin Channel:

Violin fine tuners

A legal battle has erupted in Newport, California after it is alleged that a school boy suffered a serious eye injury, after a violin he was using snapped – sending a tail-piece tuning screw into his eye.


When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

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April 12, 2016 - 8:37 am
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My brother had a similar eye injury... not from a violin but from changing tires in the shop he worked in (over 20 years ago). Something popped out where it shouldn't have been able to and hit him right in the eye. Instant cataract, and blind in that eye. They wouldn't even help him get to the hospital, he had to drive himself. He did eventually win a lawsuit with that employer, but it took several years, so it took years before he could have the corrective surgery and get a little of his sight back in that eye (part of the wait was waiting for the money, and because he was scared of the surgery). 

Whenever I do anything with my strings I think of his eye, lol. I can't picture how the fine tuner hit him in the eye, though? Really freak accident, I guess. 

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April 12, 2016 - 8:42 pm
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Very sorry to hear about your brother's injury @damfino . Too bad he had to deal with all the legal trouble on top of the injury.

I also can't picture how a fine tuner would pop out and hit the player in the eye, unless it was installed incorrectly. I can see the string snapping, but the fine tuner should stay firmly in place, I think.

I'm always careful to keep my violin away from my eyes when I tune it, just in case a string snaps.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

California, the place of my heart

April 14, 2016 - 3:18 pm
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Omg.. that is crazy sad.... 

eye injuries are scary.

I am careful also.  I have wounded myself (cut) thumb on guitar string and violin string.. can't even imagine the eye...

Good reminder for us to be safe, there is a lot of tension on those strings....

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April 19, 2016 - 10:08 am
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After reading this I have many thoughts. Obviously it's terrible for the poor boy who had to go through both the incident and the operation. I for one have never experienced, or known anyone who has experienced injury from an instrument.

Also, what if one of our instruments were involved in a similar situation, what would we do?

In this case, the families attorney is seeking compensation for the school neglecting to maintain the instrument properly. What teacher could suspect that a screw even could come off the tailpiece and hit someone in the eye? I have never even seen a screw pop off. What would cause this to happen? Makes no sense to me.

We live in a crazy society when we need to worry this much about liability and how to protect ourselves 🙁

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April 19, 2016 - 6:23 pm
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I had a harp string blow while playing in a Chicago event.  When I looked up, everyone was gone, under the tables.  Strings break, life happens, I hope he gets good medical care and doesn't suffer a fear of stringed instruments.  I tuned my harp today and remembered how funny that incident me anyway.

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