WATCH NOW: 2016 Montreal International Violin Competition

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Emily Grossman


August 16, 2011 at 11:43 PM



From Tom Holzman
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 1:50 AM

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Yikes!

From Laurie Niles
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 5:24 AM

 Noooooo! Is this your main baby? Go, get it fixed. It happens. Just get it fixed...ASAP!

From Tasha Miner
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 5:39 AM

Oh no!!

From Julian Stokes
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 6:57 AM

 I feel your pain.

From Marsha Weaver
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 7:43 AM

This is the stuff nightmares are made of!!!  How fast can you get to a good luthier???

From Charles Cook
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Saddle Crack. A good Luthier will prevent this if they have a chance to see the violin. I taken my violin in for other things and was told afterwords that they sanded the saddle edges to prevent these cracks.I think there should be a 1/32 gap between the woods?

Link to preventing saddle cracks

From Emily Grossman
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

This violin belongs to a student of mine who neglected to zip his case.  Due to the nature of the crack, it pretty much totaled that sweet little fiddle.  Real heart breaker.

From Hendrik Hak
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Poor  guy / kid,  must feel horrible about it.   Someone in my family once left a  flute on a chair and it got sat on ---- ouch. Fixable but still hurts thinking about it.

Looks like a saddle crack  - but not caused by the usual humidity related problem. Went all the way to the soundpost area. Besides the usual glueing and cleats might need a soundpost patch?

Today there are some powerful  glues used for cracks and maybe this can be  fixed  without having to open up the instrument. I really don't know much about it but maybe David B or some other luthiers would care to comment?

From Emily Liz
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 8:53 PM

 Thanks for the panic attack! *shudders*

From Ray Randall
Posted on August 18, 2011 at 1:52 PM

That type of damage is routinely fixed all the time here in St. Louis by Luthier Larry (Leonid) Parfenov, former Luthier to the Moscow Conservatory. I've seen some horrible damage on string instruments restored to sound and look like the accident never happened.

From Emily Grossman
Posted on August 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

In this situation, we would have to pay about $150 just to ship it back and forth.  Any estimates will have to include this cost. 

From Royce Faina
Posted on August 19, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Life's lessons can have costly consequences!

From Tobias Seyb
Posted on August 19, 2011 at 7:13 PM

This violin belongs to a student of mine...

I was already wondering, because this fiddle didn't look like a pro's instrument. Now it makes sense.

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