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  1. I'd make a guess that most of the "makers" of the dutzendarbeit instruments, only saw parts, and not the instruments that they were making parts for. I'd also guess that most of them never played a violin, and had no clue about how what they were doing affected tone. The Chinese "makers", may be similar, but are working at a much higher standard.
  2. Ditto to all of this! I've never seen any Chinese violin anywhere near as bad as a low grade German dutzendarbeit
  3. Sometimes, the treble side of the fingerboard is slightly lower than the bass side, This might mean that the string clearances with the old bridge wouldn't be correct. The bowing angles might also be a little different.
  4. I agree with David on most of this. You are in a very difficult situation where you live (SE Asia) in that most US or European dealers probably won't want to send bows out for approval, due to shipping, customs, and other issues. I'm also going to speculate that even with your favorite bow, you might be difficult to please when it come time to rehair the bow. You should probably suck it up and learn to play better with the bow that you have, at least until you find a better bow to use, or a better archetier to work with. I do know a really good violinist who was making a very good living doing shows with Lady Gaga in Las Vegas until this Covid thing hit.
  5. I don't have any experience identifying JTL fiddles, so I'll defer to others on that. I do know that it probably needs several hundred dollars worth of work to get it into solid, playable, condition. (I sometimes estimate low)
  6. Personally, I don't have a good source of ox bile, so I haven't tried that. Nagyvary has had many theories and potions over the years. Pick one. Wait long enough, and something else will pop up.
  7. You could fill it in (or partially) and go from there. Match the grain for the top, and it should work OK.
  8. Sorry. I was perhaps a bit harsh on that. My price comparison ability is a bit limited. Perhaps the advice to see if the luthier could offer a more economical alternative would be more appropriate.
  9. Perhaps you're right. It's the cost of living in places like that. Aren't a lot of people moving out of the big cities these days? I was recently talking to a friend who lives in Manhattan. He says that most restaurants are shut down, and nothing to do. Homeless people have been moved into the hotels. I guess that I'll just enjoy upstate NY.
  10. I did a search on Red Bank, and came up with Red Bank, NJ. If that's where you are, why do you want a mail repair? There are plenty of good luthiers in NJ. There are also other potential issues (pegbox) with the instrument. Your pictures don't really show what's needed for identification (follow the sticky on photographing for identification), but from what I can see, it looks more like the usual dutzendarbeit. Any proper soundpost crack repair is going to be expensive (plan on well over $500).
  11. $240 is a rip off. Find another luthier. Shouldn't cost more than $100. Compared to an unfitted adjustable bridge it will make a world of difference.
  12. The tag doesn't mean anything, and I can guarantee that it's not from 1609. If you want a reasonable chance of having it identified here, you need to follow the recommendations for pictures in the sticky thread at the top of the forum. They need to be GOOD quality photos.
  13. ANY glue will be better with a spline than without. Without a spline. a head repair has the glue all in tensile mode. With a spline, the spline gives more surface area (probably 2-3x the surface area), and the glue is in both tensile, and shear modes. Very often the shear mode strength can be about twice the tensile mode strength.
  14. Don't underestimate the damage that intense UV light can cause over time. "National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that the time of exposure to an intensity of 100 microwatts per square centimeter at wavelength 254 nanometers not exceed 1 minute". If an "outside a cabinet" UV protocol were attempted in a shop, exposure to employees could be in the hours per day range, and if the employees were closer to the lamp than the violins, the exposure could be magnitudes higher. It's irresponsible to not address this, and the use of cabinet interlocks. "Chronic exposures to acute intense UVC can lead to cataract formation and retinal damage."
  15. NO! And I would be wary of using any glue by itself without a spline.