I dropped my violin, did I break it?
Last night, I dropped my violin when I tried to put it on top of a cupboard, from around 170cm (or 5'5"). The bridge was moved around 1cm. The strings were out of tune (especially the E string), it didnt snap any string. There is a little scartch on the front bottom right side of the violin.
It is oke on the outside (except the scratch), but I dont know what's happened in the inside of the violin.
I dont know if the sound post was moved or not, but it's still there. I dont know if I did any damage in the inside of violin.
Based on those informations, did I possibly do any damage inside the violin? I dont know if there is any luthier near me.
this is my opinion only, and not backed by a luither education. It is however exactly what I would do.
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The wood of a violin is pretty thin, so there is unlikely to be damage inside the violin that couldn't also be seen from the outside. Exceptions would be the soundpost position (which isn't technically "damage"), or possibly a the glue joint on the bass bar.
It should be okay. The one and only way to find out is to experiment.
Thanks Michael, Rocky, and Ella Yu..
Just check if the soundpost is standing at all before tuning it up, otherwise you may damage the top.
Unless the violin is of very low value, I'd take it to someone with training and experience in looking for damage. Some types of damage, unless caught right away, can get worse, or become more difficult and expensive to repair.
I would take it to a luthier, trained eyes will see problems you probably can't see.
I'd do what Luis said.
If the bridge didn't collapse, just tune it up. If the bridge collapsed, I would try to check if the sound post is standing straight. If the bridge shifted, then I'd tweak the bridge position. Once you've tried your violin after fixing up and notice anything weird, then I'd take it to a tech. If you're really shaky, then I'd skip experimenting and go to a tech like several people said.
Never tune up first and than look if something is different despite the bridge! You can easily break of the neck like this taking a part of the bottom with him, make a soundpost crack much worse and way way more.
That's true. I didn't think about that. Sorry.
I went to a session to play and I had my violin and bouzouki along. I brought this locking violin stand along to hold the violin-