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  1. Got it back from the luthier last week. He did a lovely job shaping the bridge feet and put in a new sound post. The fingerboard is still attached Originally it had a screwed/nailed neck - there's just the hole left now (on the inside).
  2. My thoughts are, therefore, that an amateur can't do any damage with it?
  3. Thanks for the attention folks. The luthier is going to shape the sound post and bridge feet for me. Sorry you can't enlarge the pics - I resized them so the page wouldn't take so long to load. If you want the originals let me know. I'm going to glue a couple of bits of wood together and see if Titebond will come apart with applied heat like hide glue. If that's the case Jacob can stop thinking f..... idiot! Also, I obviusly can't measure (f..... idiot) the action is not 5mm too high. According to the man it's OK.
  4. I'm off to the luthier now. Will report back.
  5. Sounds like one of my clavichords. (box of flies being the french expresion)
  6. It's a little complicated. The amateur maker is long, long dead and this is not one of his. I was lent the instrument with the sound post down and fingerboard off. It looks pretty cheap 19th century (the purfling is painted on) with all sorts of odd bits of wood added (the amateur maker found it in bits in a school cupboard over 50 years ago). I was sure it would sound rubbish and had no intention of spending money on it till I'd heard/played it. It seems not too bad and I'm worried about the shape of the sound post as I don't want to give it back with a sound post crack. So off to the luthier this week.
  7. I think you are talking about raising the river rather than literally lowering the bridge.
  8. There's a bit of that. I'm assuming the luthier can cut the bridge down as he sorts out the sound post (which I reinstalled - funny both ends were flat as if just sawn off and left). Jacob, how could I have put the finger board back lower? In fact it was given me with a little slice broken off at the nut. I positioned it precisely using the bit.
  9. I'm planning on playing it in my string group this week.
  10. You don't miss a trick Jacob. Yes, back on.
  11. Not sure I understand luthierese. If the fingerboard were to extend to the bridge (110mm) the top of it would be 9.5mm below the A string in its notch. It's been in someone's loft for decades.
  12. Thanks. At the moment the A is 8.5 and the C is 13.5. The fingerboard is fairly straight. I'm off to the luthier with it this week - I'll see what he says.
  13. That interesting to know. As far I'm aware the bridge was fitted by an amateur maker of violins. I'm playing this instrument at the moment. Could anyone tell me roughly the height in mm the A and C strings should be above the end of the fingerboard?
  14. I got it. It's not a pic of the shape of a bridge but where to put the notches. Thanks for that.
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