Antique Violin Replica

May 26, 2018, 8:42 PM · I love going to antique stores and have always wanted to pick up a violin from one. Now I wanted to pick up something that needed some work so I can start learning how to do repairs and such.

I was at a store and saw one I really liked, it was a great price (extremely low), had some age, and had some character. It also looked like it needed some repairs, now I have spent a lot of time looking into this and did all my research on which hide glues to use, how to crack one open, etc.

It wasn't till I got home that I really started to look inside the violin and saw the tag. Now I know it is a reproduction but I was hoping I could find some info on what the actual age might be and maybe where it came from. As well as if I should bring this one to a luthier instead of trying to learn how to do repairs myself.

I also realize that I may end up doing a poor job and I could potentially ruin the violin. But I do a lot of research and have done other various jobs as well as made other wood items. I am very handy so a project like this isn't something that would scare me off.

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Replies (5)

May 26, 2018, 9:20 PM · seems like a good one to practice on, very little value as is
May 27, 2018, 12:54 PM · Thank you for your reply. Really excited to start this project in a couple weeks.
May 27, 2018, 5:20 PM · Doing violin repairs takes practice, and if you want to try, go ahead.
May 29, 2018, 7:56 PM · I'm surprised you would try it without guidance from an experienced luthier. I don't know much about fixing violins nor anything about your skills and knowledge, I just know that personally I might ask a luthier if he would guide me, no doubt for a fee or possibly instead as part of compensation for apprenticing and taking on other tasks for him in exchange for some of his time guiding you in this project. Just a thought....
May 30, 2018, 12:17 PM · Well as the fiddle as is is worth very little why not practise on it?
Looks like lowest quality MKN or similar with painted fingerboard, no purfling. ? missing pegs.
Hard to say from the pictures but it looks like the varnish was stripped off and the fiddle
revarnished. If that was with polyurethane - as it looks like in some of the pictures - the violin is only good for firewood.
A luthier may not find it worth her or his time to work on this violin.
So why not go for it.

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