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I may need a violin repair man because the repairs may be more than I want to deal with, the one violin needs the nut and fingerboard re-glued and possibly dressed. along with strings and bridge/ set up,
The other one has 2 short cracks from the bottom of each F hole to the center bout
another one along the right side of tail piece to the saddle. and a crack in the left rear rib. None are bad and are tight. But may need the top off for a repair.
Will also need a bridge and strings with set up,
So anyone recommend a good honest repairman with a decent turn around time? How about a good parts and tools source that wont gouge you?
By the time I buy clamps, glue , scrapers etc. it may need someone more skilled with the tools.
Both need a cleaning and polish.
Where do you live?
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
Not having a luthier anywhere near me, I've had to buy a few tools myself.
I've always found the bits I've needed on eBay. But at times have had to wait a week or two for them to arrive from China and the like.
And Google is a good source for finding violin 'how to' repair articles.
If you have had any experience with wood it may be worth thinking about DIY
It would also depend on how 'valuable' your instruments are. The only instrument that I have that I wouldn't 'DIY' is my Raggetti
Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of ..... What was I saying????
Yes I too am in a place where there are not any luthiers and the music shops we do have are just store fronts selling cheap ended instruments.
I am good enough with my hands to repair any of the parts of the instrument its just the technical knowledge I don’t have .
I know there are many places around the internet that I can search out but to take just anyone's advice on a subject to me is risky.
I would rather have perhaps a well known lutiers DVD or something that would cover things like crak repair , top removal and installation, tail piece replacement peg replacement
finger board dressing etc. along with the technical data that goes with it like how much protrusion do you have on the small end of the peg and the large end when finished.
The height of a bridge above the fingerboard, the height of the nut. Things I can see on the videos of the net but lack the data to put them into a useful understanding.
I am self employed and make my living with my hands and make most of my own tools so I would think I am mre qualified than anyone living near me would be nice to rent a few tools like peg shaver and reamer, clamps etc. Since I only have 3 old violins for repair.
And yes my violins are dear to me, 2 made in the 1910s by individual Americans and one is just and old Gibson made in the 1930s but still I do not wish them worked on by someone “learning “how not to do it.