A student recieved a VSO for xmas from her very supportive and very low SES family.
I've put on good strings and given her a bow that works, but the pegs don't fit and the bridge is not shaped. I'd use school money to take it to a luthier but they won't (for good reason) have a bar of it. Plus, the price of the luthier is way more than the violin...
Is there anyway I can fix the ill-fitting pegs and bridge without specialised tools to make it playable? Atm. the pegs slip and it's hard to play on the unshaped bridge, but I don't want to attack anything without advice.
I think any attempt I make to make it playable while she spends a year or so saving for something better would both make he father feel better about his purchase and give me a spare violin for the girls on the waiting list.
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