Violin-Family Repair

Violin-family Repairs Course Synopsis

Common Repairs and Set-up Issues

  1. Fit a new bridge
    1. adjust for ease of playing,
    1. adjust for optimum sound.
  2. Make and fit (and adjust) a new sound post
    1. Re-install (and adjust) a fallen soundpost
  3. Fit new pegs
    1. Deal with slipping or sticking pegs.
  4. Install a new set of strings.
  5. Install and adjust a tailpiece
  6. Install and/or adjust a nut
  7. Install a chinrest
  8. Re-hair instrument bows
  9. Resurface (dress) a fingerboard, and
  10. All tasks related to cleaning and set-up.

Less Common Repairs:

  1. Missing parts
    1. bellies or backs
    1. neck/scroll
    1. button
  2. Broken parts
    1. Ribs
    1. neck heel
    1. necks.
  3. Grafts
    1. Scroll
    1. Button
    1. Corner
    1. edge
  4. Cracks
    1. f-hole
    1. saddle
    1. soundpost cracks, using “bathtub patch” method.
    1. Bass-bar cracks
  • Peg and End-pin bushings,
    • traditional “plug, drill and ream” bushings as well as
    • “spiral” bushings.
  • Missing wood
    • from bellies,
    • corners,
    • ribs and
    • necks.
  • Open glue seams
    • center seams in both backs and bellies.
    • Rib seams
  • Varnish issues
    • Heavy re-touches in cases of extreme damage, matching color as needed.
    • Complete re-finishes, in cases where someone else has stripped all the old finish off.
    • Using traditional oil varnish, and spirit varnish
    • Using glazes
  • Shorten ribs at the endpin, and re-fit the plates, in a case where there is missing wood from the center seam, and the whole instrument ends up a few mm narrower (Not something usually done, but still can happen.)
  • Bow Repairs
  • Case repairs
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