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  1. The fingerboard is shaped right, but the neck surface curves upwards very slightly near the headstock. That's interesting about the use of MENC standards. At the shop I work at, we use them as guidelines, and I shaped the bridge with the synthetic string specs in mind. I put the button in place for cosmetic reasons, wood gluing it to the back and hide gluing it to the neck. This violin was not worth quite enough to me to go through the process of cleating the button's joint with the back.
  2. The fingerboard is rosewood, and when I press on it, the buzz becomes less noticeable. The fingerboard height is within MENC specifations, and the back seems to be solidly glued. I'll try regluing the fingerboard this weekend and see what that does to the tone. Thanks for your help!
  3. The open strings have a slight buzz, but when it is stopped the buzz is very noticeable.
  4. Fellow luthiers, I have just finished repairing an old German strad copy, likely from the early 1900's. I got it for free from a junk box at the shop where I work, and it needed a lot of repairs to make it playable again. I have, (generally) in this order: -Removed the broken neck -glued and cleated a small crack on the edge of the saddle -glued the C-bouts back on to the sides -glued the top and bottom back on to the sides -installed another old neck (in good condition) -reglued the fingerboard -made and installed a new heel -fitted new pegs -fitted a new bridge -and fitted a new soundpost. When I played it for the first time, what struck me was that the upper strings sounded pretty good, but the G and D strings were muted and buzzing, sounding like those of a 1/2 size violin. I tried everything to fix the problem, including: -Changing out the strings, tailpiece, and end button (not all at once) -removing the chinrest and fine tuners -adjusting the soundpost -adjusting the bridge and nut grooves -checking the pegs for loose decorations -checked for loose purfling -checking the neck relief, string height, and nut height -and pressing the bass bar with a soundpost setter Yet the buzz and flat tone still persist. I kept the violin strung and correctly tuned for the past two days, and it still has a buzz, but the tone is nicer when plucked. My violin seems to have a thinner top and shorter sides than others, which might account for the flat tone, but the culprit of the buzz is still at large. If you have any ideas about how to fix this beautiful yet terrible-sounding violin, please tell me. Photos: Thanks, A.T. Shamblin