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Pilgrim's Projects Violin Crack Joining Clamps
A USA made product which costs less than Chinese offerings and works very well.
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Irv
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April 16, 2018 - 2:11 pm
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I was in need of a set of violin top (and back) crack joining clamps and was expecting a cost of about $70 and about two months of shipping lag from China or India.  I was very surprised to find a USA made set on eBay for $55 (including shipping).  I now have them and I like them.  The clamping assemblies are made of nylon or delrin.  The rods are stainless steel and the knurled tightening nuts are aluminum.  It would not have been worth it to make my own for what they cost.

I believe it possible to expand their utility by means of adding an extension rod so that they could be used on a cello.  I have an email in to their maker to see if that is possible and, if so, how much would it cost.  

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Fiddlerman
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April 30, 2018 - 8:25 am
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Glad you found those clamps Irv. Do you need some for a cello? We make our own here for cello and bass. It's extremely easy to do. You can find thick dowels and cork such as these:
https://www.amazon.com/Self-ad.....words=thin cork
along with stainless rods, if you like, bolts and washers.

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Hello Fiddlerman (and others).  I believe that I created some confusion with my original post.  The clamps that I am talking about are used to constrict the wood of a top (or back) plate when gluing a crack.  They are quite different than the clamps used to assemble the top, rib, and bottom of the violin (which are a simple construction of wood, cork, carriage bolts, and wing nuts.  I own many of these).   

I will take a picture when I make use of the Pilgrim Project clamps.

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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Fiddlerman
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May 2, 2018 - 3:05 pm
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Sorry, yes, we have those here as well. They are obviously harder to make. LOL

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