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while waiting for a new fingerboard for my mosaic project, I fixed this one up.

i was told it wouldn’t tune.  It was put away for years.

im pretty sure the source of the problem was a loose neck.

i reset the neck, cut a new bridge, pegs, soundpost and Fiddlerman strings.

Can’t wait to hear it but I’m going to let it set a few days to insure the neck is set.  

 

These violins are student violins that we’re made in the USA and are hit or miss.

This one cleaned up nice and looks respectable... wait and see

 

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That is one pretty violin. I love the dark color.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Steve, have you ever considered roasting a bridge?  That violin would look perfect with one.

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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Nicely touched up back, IMHO. 

Have a question about the purfling. Much of it looks clearly delineated but when I look at the bass side (lower bout) it looks like it's blurred and just a thick dark line. Is that just the lighting in the photo or the way it is? I'm asking because my mosaic backed violin now in the shop has that issue. Would that indicate painted on purfling (which may be the case for mine?) 

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Irv said
Steve, have you ever considered roasting a bridge?  That violin would look perfect with one.  

I have...

i really need to start doing that...

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bocaholly said
Nicely touched up back, IMHO. 

Have a question about the purfling. Much of it looks clearly delineated but when I look at the bass side (lower bout) it looks like it's blurred and just a thick dark line. Is that just the lighting in the photo or the way it is? I'm asking because my mosaic backed violin now in the shop has that issue. Would that indicate painted on purfling (which may be the case for mine?)   

bocaholly said
Nicely touched up back, IMHO. 

Have a question about the purfling. Much of it looks clearly delineated but when I look at the bass side (lower bout) it looks like it's blurred and just a thick dark line. Is that just the lighting in the photo or the way it is? I'm asking because my mosaic backed violin now in the shop has that issue. Would that indicate painted on purfling (which may be the case for mine?)   

It touched up nicely without disturbing the old finish much.  I wish I knew how to date these. 

The haziness is the glare off the crazing of the finish.  This one is definitely real purfling 7EEE6655-9ED8-4BFC-BB04-C70EC51E0A9F.jpegImage Enlarger

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thanks for the close up... yes, I now see it was just an artifact from the lighting.

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So, when Mack tuned this one up we had a buzzing going on with the G ,  thanks @Irv for helping me figure it out.  Cut a new bridge a little higher on the G side and it cured it...

this really sounds nice with the Fiddlerman strings.  This one is available to one of the high school students for 125-130 dollars.  Really affordable and that is why we do what we do.  I have fun working on them.

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thumbs-up  clap

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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@steveduf and others.  Glad I could help with the bridge.

Not that I would try it on this violin, but I have been having success with rubbing naphtha (lighter fluid) on areas with badly check finish and it seems to clean and smooth out the finish.  

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

Experience is a difficult teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson after.

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