My First Violin Restoration!
Just showing off the restoration job I did on that old presumed German violin of mine mentioned on the "C S Violin Maker?
" thread. ;)
It had some scuffs everywhere and a big chip missing off the lower bout...
I got some tips from folks at Maestronet, a local luthier offered to let me borrow some varnish, so I got to work! First I made a patch for the missing corner, with some matching spruce...
The back just needed the color touched up and some varnish. The top was where the actual work took place! Some color matching done and some varnish borrowed from the luthier, and voila!
Like it never happened! :)
I'm quite pleased with it and I actually enjoyed doing this! Maybe if Lyndon is hiring I should go into the restoration business with him! ;)
That is a great looking repair Fox and it is hard to notice even being aware of it from the before picture.
Fantastic! <3 <3 <3
If I was in the violin restoration business, I'd hire you in a minute.
Very nice work.
Really well done.
Did someone say SR....
Beautiful work! I expect playing it now gives you a whole extra dimension of pleasure!
Thanks folks! :)
I can say the repair looks as good in person as it does in the pictures. It's a fine sounding violin too.
So, just to be clear here; the first thing you did to begin the restoration was to remove the shoulder rest....
All you need to do now is put on some new finger tapes so you can SEE where to put your fingers.
Not forgetting CR (or absence thereof), geared pegs, and plain gut strings ...
And--Will this violin help Fox get into a conservatory?
This thread is hilarious, but nice restoration work:)
Nice work, Fox!
Nice work on this one! Is it common to join the grain at the back at an angle? The finish makes it look like the grain is even which is a nice touch.In actuality it looks as if the grain is joined at more of a 15-20 degree angle on the back.
Thanks Timothy! I'm afraid I have no idea if this is common or uncommon or sloppy work or a stroke of genius... The experts will have to weigh on on this one. ;)
I'm not in the habit of encouraging amateurs to take up fixing their own violin!!
not that you didn't do a good job, considering!!!
Haha--very cool violin. Impressed by the repair job. It looks like a beautiful instrument.