Is crack on a new violin acceptable?
I bought a violin online and found a mall crack on the top close to the f hole on the E string side (see photo on Flickr). The luthier said it's a "surface crack that has been repaired". Is this routine and what are my risks if I accepted it? Thanks for any advice.
You should ask for a partial refund after threatening to return it
This is not routine and they should give you a discount for accepting it.
Actually when I see the picture, that's such a minor issue, I'm not even sure it s real crack, might just be line in the wood, how expensive is this violin?
+1 to Lyndon's questions. Is it the line in just a bit from the corner? It may just be a dark line from varnishing. If it's an expensive violin I'd probably try to get someone to photograph the inside and confirm it's a crack.
Does it go all the way through at the side?
Thanks for all the inputs. It looks like a crack that goes all the way to the other side (added another picture to Flickr), and it's not an expensive violin.
I would not give it a second thought.
@Andrew thank you for sharing that experience.
Hard to tell from the photos. But I am not convinced it is a crack.
Well, the maker acknowledged that it's a crack and that they repaired it.
It's barely noticeable and limited to the edge. If you like the fiddle and it sounds and plays good. I wouldn't worry about it.
If it’s a small crack at one of the f-holes, it’s not something that should necessarily be a deal-breaker, especially if it’s been repaired well. There might be room for a small discount since it’s not pristine. I’d be more concerned about bigger cracks or cracks in more important structural areas.
I'd agree that this is likely not going to be a problem going forward. Even so I think the dealer ought to have pointed it out himself (or herself as the case may be) rather than waiting for the customer to discover it or hoping that it stays undiscovered.
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