I have purchased a violin a few months ago, and the luthier I bought it from (I no longer deal with him) I think was dishonest in certain things. i.e. he refused returns/trade and also his "$1000" violin was worth "$2500" in matter of weeks, the bridge he cut was not pleasant to play with, and the violin I ended up buying costed me a sum of money for a good set-up.
I have been going to a new luthier, and I am very happy with her quality of work, last time I saw her, I asked her to plane the fingerboard, fit a new nut, fit a new bridge, new (Wittner)tail-piece and new soundpost.
Currently I know for a fact that my pegs are not fitted properly, but it's not something I'll be looking into since my Wittner tail piece allows easy tuning.
One of the remarks that my new luthier made after working on my violin is that my endpin is stuck. It may be glued or just wedged in there somehow, she tried every method in the book to get it out and it was just stuck. I guess she tried every method without cracking the bottom block, and she did mention that the wedged/glued endpin may lead to bottom block breaking. I can only imagine what swelling/shrinking in the winter may do here in Canada.
I have a very competent carpenter friend, who can literally drill a hole into the center of the end pin then shave out the endpin from inside out.
I haven't yet resolved to the drilling method, but I'm curious, has anyone dealt with glued/stuck endpin in a violin?
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