August 16, 2011 at 11:43 PM
A picture is worth a thousand words. Yikes!
Noooooo! Is this your main baby? Go, get it fixed. It happens. Just get it fixed...ASAP!
I feel your pain.
This is the stuff nightmares are made of!!! How fast can you get to a good luthier???
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
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.
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?
Thanks for the panic attack! *shudders*
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.
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.
Life's lessons can have costly consequences!
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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