Is it possible to recreate violin corner?
I have this Artino circular pad that has a string though it; 1 loop goes around the endpin, and the other loop around the bottom left back corner of the violin. For me it sounds much better compared to using a shoulder rest, since there is more resonance and more upper harmonics. But this is not a thread about shoulder rests! My problem is that the violin is very old and the corner is so worn out that the loop easily slips off the corner. To the violin makers here, is there any way to add wood to the corner in order to facilitate this?
I've also seen the adhesive versions of this pad online, but am skeptical about potential varnish damage... does anyone also know anything about this?
I gouged a little chunk of wood out of my violin corner on an enthusiastic upbow, and my violin guy fixed it like new. He said it happens once in a while. I imagine that your issue is imminently treatable.
Corners are lost from student instruments all the time. Chunks of wood. Luthiers fix them and you can't even see the seam, I don't know how they do that, but they do.
Any qualified luthier can easily replace a missing or worn corner, however it is not meant to be under stress, so the idea of hanging the elastic? thread on a protruding corner is not a good idea in any case
A friend of mine used an adhesive pad on the back of his Enrico Rocca ($100,000) violin. No apparent damage.
Damaged corners can be replaced. That kind of wear or damage is standard fare for a luthier. When done well, it’ll look like it did originally. It can get a little more complicated if purfling is missing, but that can be remedied as well.
Just curious, is there a thing where if you don't get it repaired immediately, it will be harder to repair to the same standard?
Replacing a corner is a common repair, but a hard one. I tried once myself and the result was merely passable. Make sure you get someone good to do it.
If you leave a broken corner unrepaired, the exposed wood will be susceptible to dirt and oil, which can discolor the wood and contaminate the glue surface. The jagged edges will also be more prone to catching on things and breaking off more wood.
It's necessary to file down the broken edge even if the damage occured 15 minutes ago, because the the gluing surface must be flat. This removes any significant contamination.
No competent luthier would do this with a file!!