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Give a Violin to Homer... and all you can say is D'oh!
Was given this violin recently, and discovered it needed some work. I'll post a few pictures for starters.
And here's where we are now at...
Now to figure out what to do
It looks great! ARe you going to work on it yourself? it seems to me there's an extra piece under the fingerboard, like a spacer, did that come with the violin, if it did, it looked like someone likes to play on high strings.
Those pegs looks like Caspari pegs to me. Caspari pegs are pegs design to use without fine tuners and make tuning easy. There's a screw at the top (end?) of the thumb piece and one could use a screw drive to tighten or loosen the peg (e.g. when the peg slips) . It's like an "pioneer" version of Knilling perfection pegs. If you were to replace those pegs with standard pegs, bushing the holes may be required. I believed it is patented in 1922 and became popular in the 50s and 60s.
the "2" on the rib could be a scratch?
The piece under the finger board has been removed. My guess is that it was used to raise the fingerboard up since the neck attachment point looks like it was a little off. That's just my guess... but after I scraped a lot of the excess glue off that area and dry fit the neck/fingerboard and top plate... it looked more like it should.
The screw on the end of the pegs is used to tighten the tension on the friction discs. Works just like the drag on a spinning reel. Now that I have a name for them, I'll go read up on them
Hoping to do most of the work myself... will see how the project progresses.
The more I research, the more I find that most would say this is not a repair for beginners. But I like a challenge... that's why I'm learning to play one of these things
Ordered a couple different clamps, some spruce cleats, and hide glue today to start with the crack on the top. Been polishing the back and ribs in the meantime. Really starting to look nice.
Priced what some of the things I am doing would cost at some of the local violin shops. The more I do, the more I see why they charge what they do... very time consuming and a lot of finesse required.
Will post some pics when my new tools arrive and I get busy.