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Violin, meet klutz...should I be worried?
A question about minor (?) damage.
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Old Fogey
August 15, 2020 - 3:41 am
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Well, this evening, I was just about to wrap up practicing when I accidentally bumped into the cell phone I had been using as a tuner/metronome. To keep it from falling, I made a grab for it with my right hand while holding both my violin and bow in my left hand but, in so doing, I lost control of the bow and had it swing around and bang the metal part of the frog into the top plate of the violin (a Fiddlerman Concert).

Inspecting the damage, I fortunately found no cracks, however, there is a dent/gouge in the top plate near one of the f-holes, maybe about twice as deep as the diameter of an E string. There are also several scratches in the varnish near the dent, each maybe about a millimeter long and, once again, maybe a bit less than an E string diameter wide, but definitely wider than the proverbial "hairline" scratch.

This is the first time I've ever inflicted damage on my violin (if you don't count any embarrassment it may experience from my questionable playing). Speaking as a layperson, I  don't think it seems much more severe some deliberate "antiquing" aging effects I've seen on certain replicas, but I'm really not very knowledgeable about whether damage of that sort can spread and cause further issues in the future. Is this something I need to have a local luthier examine, or something that is merely cosmetic and can be safely left alone? Thanks in advance.

Gordon Shumway
London, England
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August 15, 2020 - 7:14 am
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All instruments get battle-scarred.

A few months ago I picked up my bow and accidentally let go of it. It landed button-down on the top surface of my violin, which now has a little line of diminishing dents like skimmed pebble splashes on a pond.


August 15, 2020 - 8:29 am
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It adds character.

The Bumblebee Flies!


August 15, 2020 - 10:12 pm
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wait till you knock it off a chair.  yeah..i got very lucky that day.  no damage other than a scratch.  Fortunate I was in the fiddle cave that evening which has carpet.

Fort Lauderdale
August 18, 2020 - 12:50 pm
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I definitely wouldn't worry about it.

As CID wrote, "Character"....

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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