Talk about a shock to the system. Are you ok?
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Holy Cow, Dennis. That had to be overwhelming.
If they were real "gut" strings and not just, (gut core) I hope you bought several sets from, Mr. Jim, real gut strings and (gut core) strings have a shorter life span than do steel or synthetic core strings do, that is, if you want to continue using real gut strings.
Gut strings need to have the constant perfect temp and humidity for a longer life span.
Were those the gut strings in the photo's ?
Hey Denny ,
Old German Violin ? How old ? Pre WW 1 ? Looks like the pegs were changed and re tapered to 1: 30 ...used to be around 1:24 i'm guessing ...maybe had small cracks which have failed now ...i like to bush those puppys to avoid these things happening ...made weaker buy the peg job reaming ...
I'm sure you'll use the proper repair techniques to effect yer repairs ...
Here's an example of an old repair gone bad and a fake graft on my intact 1880-1890 Amati done to make it look older than it's years ...yep ...fake graft even back then to deceive ...
You'll find pics , articles and videos of this preffered repair method if yer interested ...use the glue ya like best but bear in mind that in addition to being reverseable , hide glue also has a less disscused quality of pulling parts in tighter together as it dries , making fer a better stronger repair when done ...use 400 strength or better for this type of repair if you go tradition hide glue is my unsolisited recomendation ...
Denny sorry to see your fiddle in such distress. From the pics it looks like it was going to happen. The discoloration of the top break makes it look like it been happening for awhile. Dont think that it had anything to do with the strings. I'm sure that you'll have it back up and playing in no time.
With violins there is no fretting over the music.