I tried to illustrate the damage here (not actual picture)
I was picking up the thing to got to a lesson and the case was unzippered (how easy it is to forget) and the velcro was not enough to keep the violin inside. So the case opened and dropped the violin to the floor (why the heck isnt the handle on the other side of the zipper so that if that happens I have time to notice, not to mentioned my body can stop the opening...idiot case makers).
An extra computer monitor was on the floor at that time and the violin hit the corner of it. The damage was done at the bottom of the body, half a centimeter away from the brige to about 1 1/2 centimer away from the lowest part of the tailpiece, luckily on the side opposite the chinrest.
As soon as it fell, I had no time to react. I am lucky it did not break at the point of the bridge.
Interestingly, it stayed in tune after this happened.
I dont know what you call it, but the curved part of the body, "sandwiched" between the top and bottom of the body (the part that the tailpiece is connected)...I dont know what else to describe it as. Anyways, that part of was not at all affected. Only the top part of the body was damaged (just think of the violin as lying down, with the scroll gently touching the ground). It came off easily and splinted off. There is only 1 piece that came off. The soundpost is still in place.
I know the repair for something like this would cost a lot. My teacher told me to call a friend of her's that would give me a good deal (but I know this will end up being more than what I paid for the thing).
Would all I need to do is wood-glue the piece back together and use it's miserable life up until I get a new one?
Seeing that the strings were in tune were an indicator that the tailpiece exerts little pressure on that specific area of the body (am I correct on this?), but I am concerened about the bridge. The part that was broken is split right next to the bridge. In that side of the violin, there seems to be no structual support for the bridge, but on the other side there seems to be a rib running down the length of the body. The soundpost seems to be the support for the other side, i've no clue.
Help me here...
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