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Antique Violin
Recently purchased violin in need of repair
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May 25, 2018 - 11:24 pm
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I love going to antique stores and have always wanted to pick up a violin from one. Now I wanted to pick up something that needed some work so I can start learning how to do repairs and such.


I was at a store and saw one I really liked, it was a great price (extremely low), had some age, and had some character. It also looked like it needed some repairs, now I have spent a lot of time looking into this and did all my research on which hide glues to use, how to crack one open, etc.


It wasn't till I got home that I really started to look inside the violin and saw the tag. Now I know it is a reproduction but I was hoping I could find some info on what the actual age might be and maybe where it came from. As well as if I should bring this one to a luthier instead of trying to learn how to do repairs myself.


I also realize that I may end up doing a poor job and I could potentially ruin the violin. But I do a lot of research and have done other various jobs as well as made other wood items. I am very handy so a project like this isn't something that would scare me off.

Fort Lauderdale
May 28, 2018 - 2:20 pm
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A luthier could charge you an arm and a leg.
Are there cracks? Can you take pictures of the back side of the neck socket?
It's hard to tell from the pictures. The projection might need to be raised which is usually the case with old instruments like this. The bass bar, blocks, linings could need work. You will definitely need a new soundpost and bridge. Truth is that your research will be vital if you will be doing the renovations yourself without any experience or knowledge of this kind of work.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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May 28, 2018 - 2:39 pm
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It definitely has some cracks on the top and one on the side. There are no cracks running along where the sound post should go. I have opened it (did not damage it). It has been repaired from the bottom but looks to be done poorly. Will get more pictures after, in the process of moving and it is now at my new place.

Mimi Aysha

May 28, 2018 - 6:07 pm
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Oh what a fabulous project you got for yourself - looks like a lot of work, labour of love, good luck! Look forward to seeing the finished product....and hopefully you will make it sound amazing again!

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May 29, 2018 - 2:43 pm
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looks like a great project.   There is a lot of know how here on the forum.  Keep us posted.   @fishnrodds ... Paul does a lot of reconstruction / saving of violins.


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June 1, 2018 - 2:59 pm
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I love the challenge

my daughter and I started fixing violins and started with a real doozy of one.

as long as you don’t have much into it... you have nothing to lose

check out the Stainer we did as a first major project.

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