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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.
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.