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To all of you whom are reading this...be prepared for questions galore. Okay...really only three...And here they are:
Q 1: I have a Chinese factory made (I have been complimented many times with this violin) unlabeled violin that was supposedly an outfit. We bought it off of craigslist years ago with a violin I'm assuming to be a Mendini or Cecilio (haven't seen it, so I wouldn't know), and just recently decided to pick it up after having reasons for quitting every once and awhile. Well, just recently I noticed one of the bows' corks was pulling out when I would tighten my bow. We took it to get fixed...the cork was, but the wooden plug keeping the bow hair in wasn't. Every time I tighten my bow, the wooden plug starts sliding out and no matter how many times I push it in...slides right back out. How can I fix this?
Q 2: I have a Dan Wall Stradivarius Copy Viola and when I got it new, the chin rest and tailpiece were cracked - poor instrument had been covered in a layer of dust from never being bought. So we had that repaired...well, instead of having a typical Guarneri style chin rest, I have a different one...I can't remember the style, but I noticed there is like a residue where he old chin rest was from the wooden mould. I have a small OCD for this (I love keeping my instruments looking absolutely gorgeous at all times) and wanted to know if there was any possible way to remove it?
Q 3: My final question! This is on my viola's carbon fiber bow. No clue what brand, but I decided to be stupid and inspect my instrument after I brought it home - okay...I wasn't expecting a viola as an early Christmas present... I wasn't thinking...And well, that's when I noticed the cracks on the tailpiece and chin rest. Well I also noticed that he carbon fiber bow was warped to the right at the tip (not badly, but noticeable) and the tip would tend to lean right if not corrected. This is another OCD I have. My two wooden bows for my violin are perfectly straight, but...my carbon fiber...no. I would really love to fix this if I could!
Thank you for your time!
hello and welcome.
to answer q1.. if you can get the little block all the way out, use your rosin block and rub it on the sides of it and push it back in. the rosin should help keep it from slipping out.
q2.. not sure what you are saying here?
q3.. only thing you can do that I know of with carbon fiber is buy a new one.
hope this helps.
With violins there is no fretting over the music.
So what I meant by question 2 was when you switch style chin rests and the chin rests is resting in a different spot then the original. The wooden mould that keeps the ebony/boxwood/rosewood from directly touching your violin and damaging it (all violins are of course shaped differently, so if the wooden mould wasn't underneath the violin, then I'm guessing the chin rest would have to be specifically fitted to the violin to keep the wood of the chin rest from damaging the violin with constant pressure of the chin). Well, the wooden mould left like some kind of mark on my viola, it's not visible but it's like some kind of residue or such and I don't know how I would remove it if I could.
For the carbon bow answer...just what I don't need. The bow was 200 plus a case which was 200 and the viola originally $3,200, but the luthier gave us half of the bow and half off the case since we got this for a Christmas present and was trying to sell more so he could give his workers a Christmas bonus. The luthier is a nice man and wanted to help us out, so I have nothing against him for the issues my viola encountered and the issue the bow had. I just wanted to see if I could somehow fix the warp by myself without having another visit down to the luthier (had about four total last year with my viola and violin combined). It's fine if I have to deal with it though.
Thank you for the reply!
Thank you so much for the reply! To clear up confusion, I actually don't own a Cecilio but for a good deal we had gotten a full sized (my violin) and a 3/4th violin - I'm assuming the 3/4th was a Cecilio or just a crap instrument. I don't know what kind of bows the Cecilio instruments come with but we somehow ended up with the 3/4th bow and it was Glasser - or so it said. I looked it up and there was absolutely no bow on their website that looked similar, so I honestly don't know. I will be posting pictures of my instruments and the story of how I got them and such.
To note, I will probably not be doing any of these repairs until I see if I get this job at a violin shop near me. Question; will the rubbing alcohol remove only the rosin remains or the varnish?
Today we went to the violin shop near me and had taken the carbon fiber bow. My luthier looked it over and saw that the frog wasn't fit to the stick correctly. He said this was an odd repair, but he let me watch what he did and I learned something from it. Needless to say my bow is now fixed!