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  1. Upgrading old cheap violins.

    The luthiers who do quite a few of these (me included), have the tools and skills to do a good job. It sounds like you may have neither, but only the desire to do it. From the description of your instrument, you have nothing to loose, so go for it if you want. Decent books, or watching lots of videos on restoration should be your first step. You may not find information to specifically match your instrument's problems. Keep in mind that for you amount of money that you might have to spend on the tools, you might be able to buy a playable instrument
  2. First Time Violin Repair

    That crack is pretty darn close to being a sound post crack! I would absolutely take the top off to make sure that it's properly glued and cleated to keep it from going further. How's the neck angle? I guess that I would leave the neck alone if it's close to correct.
  3. UV LED

    Those types of UV lamps are very harmful to the eyes (and skin). Make sure that the lamps are off when you open the cabinet, or get a good pair of UV glasses/goggles.
  4. Free cello with belly cracks

    If you don't have the skill to remove the top and cleat cracks, get it to someone who has the skill. Don't even think about using some kind of "garage luthier" method to repair it. Any real luthier would curse you in the future.
  5. J&A Beare diploma

    What are the membership fees for the B.F.O.M. Appraisers Association? Sounds like I could qualify.
  6. You have a very unusual instrument with some very severe damage! In my opinion, the fingerboard wedge is there because the person who put it in, didn't repair the broken button. You can see where the neck is pulling out. I just repaired a viola with a similar problem. Repair for the one that I had in was taking the neck out, fixing the broken button, fitting in a clavette to reinforce the broken button, and then resetting the neck. You violin has extensive damage to the top, so you could do the classic repair: Remove the top. and fix the multiple cracks. Make sure not to distort the arching. Chisel out the neck block to free up the neck. Remove the broken button from the end of the neck, make a partial cast so that you refit the button for gluing. After the button is glued, inlay a patch into the button and back to reinforce the repair. Install a new neck block. Glue the repaired top back on, and reset the neck, making sure that all the angles and measurements are correct. I'm pretty sure that you might find a few other problems while you're working on it. If all that sounds complicated it's because it is complicated. If you're going to get into the luthierie business to repair instruments for students, make sure that you have the knowledge and skill to do it correctly.
  7. Help identifying violin

    Looks like kind of a "bottom of the line" instrument. Not very pretty wood. As others have said, it needs a lot of work!
  8. Applying Vernice Bianca

    "What I was talking about; is gum arabic seems like a too strong medium with very strong adhering ability, which I think it may not be needed. Myrrh alsa has this adhering properties but in a much low degree." I'll take all the adhering properties that I can get!
  9. Applying Vernice Bianca

    I've used VB several times, and read somewhere that the sugar/honey isn't really needed, so I only use the egg white and gum arabic. . I've only used it on the outside. I have also experimented a little with putting a little transparent iron oxide in the VB to give a yellow ground color. " So I'm thinking how about making a modern vb using only myrrh and egg white albumen " I'm not sure if you'll be able to get much of the myrrh dissolved in water/egg white. Gum arabic is totally soluble.
  10. Carving Violin Bridge for Violin with High belly arch

    I don't know any competent luthiers who use them.
  11. turtle shell frog bows

    Don't even think about tortise shell. You'll run into the same nest of snakes that you'll find with ivory.
  12. Bending Iron Questions

    I did build one from scratch. I used the approximate profile of the commercial irons. The wide variety of radii available are really necessary for getting all the parts done correctly. Mine is heated with a 200W cartridge heater (Ebay) in a deep hole drilled into the bottom of the block. This controlled with a rotary lamp dimmer. I have a thermometer well drilled into the top of the block, and just adjust the dimmer to get the temperature that I want.
  13. Budget repair ideas

    We're not haters, we're realists! Taking the fingerboard isn't a hard thing to do. As far as the bridge goes, are you sure that it's even the right height???
  14. Budget repair ideas

    So, how much did you pay for this gem on line? When you say "vintage", what do you mean? Your repair schemes seem pretty unlikely to give you an instrument that is reasonable, saleable, or even playable. Sorry to rain on your parade, but my thought might be to spray paint the whole thing purple, stick artificial flowers in the f holes, and sell it as a wall decoration. It will take less time, and you might be able to sell it for a higher price.
  15. My first real label. Is it missing something?

    Simple and clean. You could probably carve the "1" off of the date on the stamp with a razor or sharp knife. Write "No. 127" on it so that future collectors will be looking for 126 others.