Found an old Stradivarius knockoff with some
cracks that need gluing. I'm not looking to
make some kind of profit on this. I just want
it to play. Is it some kind of sacrilege to
use old fashioned epoxy resin to fix it?
It's one of the many that says
Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis
Faciebat Anno 17(40 written in)
I've known some of these old imported European "knock offs" to sound and
play better than a $30,000 Cremona instrument in your local symphony
Worth, or value, to a musician, is ALL about what it sounds like, first
and foremost, followed by how easy it is to play ... everything else is
secondary, including what it might be worth to a pawn shop.
Agree - - A good luthier will be able to tell you if there is value in
the instrument before you start dinkin' with it. An old, European
violin was brought into our museum about a year ago. It was owned by
one of the Nuns who ran the frontier boarding school and music program
in our 1880's home town. We were delighted to have it as an
artifact. Had a luthier look at it and, in rough condition, it is
worth more than $4,000.
Be nice to know before you start applying the epoxy and duct
Thanks, Doug. I'm not much for kits. I watched a video
of a guy who made one by re-sawing some pieces and
matching the grain on the back. It looked just great.
That's the crazy kind of thing I'd like to try one
of these days.
I'm really curious what this old violin will sound like
when I get it glued up. I hope it has an awesome tone.
If you just glue it up with whatever, it won't. If it has
any value and you really want it to sound like anything
you need to get somebody that knows what they are doing
to fix it. A good violin is a precision instrument.
Out of respect for the instrument, and to help provide it with a long
lifetime, you are supposed to use "hide glue" (it is melted it in a
cooking pot of hot water). The advantage is that the instrument can then
be easily taken apart when necessary. Besides for reasons having to do
with sound, using epoxy will seal the instruments fate permanently.
BTW, removing any of the instruments finish is is an offense considered
punishable by a fate worse than being boiled like hide glue. ;) No kidding!
If you want to read more along these lines, you might browse the "setup
and repair" forums at: http://www.fiddlehangout.com /
There are also several experts there that will probably be glad to help
you with your questions. Be prepared to invest more time than the
instrument's probably worth and read a bunch before you do anything.
Do you realize that just to get the tuning pegs to work "nicely", you
may spend close to $100 on tools? Maybe you should take it to a luthier
as has already suggested by others? If you aren't committed to doing
this sort of thing as a hobby, I think the argument to do so is
compelling. Here's a link to some parts and tools you may find interesting:
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