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A couple of months ago, I picked up a cute, old-ish and fairly decrepit violin... lady size... on Craigslist. To be kind, you might call it "naive" craftsmanship.
All manner of things need fixing... the fingerboard projection was way too high, the fingerboard itself was made of a soft wood with a thin ebony veneer, the nut is a mess, the Aubert bridge was a fake, cut ultra high and thick, and the saddle is ever so slightly caved in. Oh yes, and then there's the little crack at the top of the treble side f-hole.
OK, relax everyone. That list is being handled professionally by Felix at Fiddlershop. BUT I did do a DIY (grammatically fishy as phrases go) by installing Knilling Perfection Planetary pegs myself (grammatically redundant.)
Here's a pic with three down and one to go: