On my 1883 violin, the end-piece button that holds the tailpiece harness has split. The outside, the button end, has come off, leaving the base of the device inside the hole.
This fiddle is not my primary instrument at the moment; I have two other vintage fiddles that I use in rotation. So, regarding daily practice and playing, I'm covered.
I hadn't planned to use the 1883 fiddle till late May or early June anyway; and since I'm getting ready to have it fitted with new pegs and a new tailpiece, it's good that the end-piece gave way when it did. Now I can get the repair and upgrades done on the same job order.
I would think a professional could get the remaining material out of the hole and insert a replacement part -- without taking the top off the instrument; but …? Whatever the procedure, I'm curious; but my better judgment told me not to go near something like this -- definitely a job for a professional. Please share any experiences you've had in dealing with this problem.
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