My daughter has been advised that she needs to shave down the neck of her violin to make it narrower to accommodate her smaller sized hands. I'm a little worried that this might adversely affect the value of the violin. Actually, it's a bit of a sore point with her as her previous teacher made a big deal of her small hand size affecting her future ability to play the really challenging repertoire as she advances. (Just to give you an idea of her level of playing she is working on Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro, Mozart Concerto #3 and Beethoven Sonata No.2 and Bach Sarabande) She's hoping to study for a performance degree next year and we had specially searched for a new violin that would take account of her smaller hand size. We picked a new model based on Menuhin's Guanerius del Jesu, copied by Tadioli and she has felt very comfortable playing it from the very beginning. So now this advice has come as a bit of a curve ball and she's pretty upset....me too! I don't want to start modifying an instrument she is happy with...and that cost an awful lot of $$$$. I mean, after all, once it's shaved, it's not like it can be put back on if it's not right, right? What's the thought out there?
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