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  1. Do you have to repair the mortice afterwards or is it usually reasonably intact doing it this way ?
  2. Your inside work is so beautiful it seems a shame to ruin the violin by putting the top on Is the slight gap around the linings inserted into the corner block for expansion ?
  3. Thanks for the video. By the sound you made hitting it I think that top block will need replacing ? I guess the theory is Maple versus softwood, and Maple always wins, so you get to keep the neck ?
  4. Is the karate chop method of removing necks a myth, or do some luthiers actually do this ?
  5. So in theory, if the joint was a perfect fit, it could be retained at the top in some way within the V joint - thereby eliminating the need for glue. The advantage being that disassembly would be made much easier.
  6. I did a neck reset on a handmade guitar a while back and that was a true dovetail and did not require glue to keep it firm. As the neck was pushed down into the angled V joint it became tight enough to be used without glue - but of course I did glue it. Is a modern violin joint the same as a guitar and does not need glue to hold it in place tightly ?
  7. Not to someone as highly experienced and knowledgeable as your good self, but to someone new to violins I would say a definite yes. I appreciate that the neck on a violin is called a dovetail, but it is not the same as the dovetail wiki you refereed to. In my own case, and before I attempt to try and dismantle the neck of my violin, it would be extremely helpful to know what I am actually dealing with, as it could cause more damage than necessary. Is it a simple shallow tenon joint that shapes down to a V with parallel sides or an angled dovetail ?
  8. With regard to the joint that joins the neck to the body, I have a violin which has a broken button and loose neck. Although it is very loose and can be wiggled and moved ,the neck remains in the top block. Is this because it is not a tenon with parallel walls,or is it likely to have a very narrow angle dovetail ? Should it be possible to just wiggle and pull on the neck unto it leaves the body, or will it need to be slid up from its V-shape joint ?
  9. In the UK the term "dovetail joint" brings to mind the joint I was taught in woodwork class to join two pieces of wood at a corner to make a drawer for use in a chest of drawers. The neck joint on a violin is a much more complex form of dovetail with its different complex angles and really should have its own name to differentiate it from a standard dovetail joint.
  10. Jacob, could you please explain why you use dental impression compound for this repair rather than plaster of paris ?
  11. Were you thinking the purfling centre stripe is Boxwood ? If so, was this just used in England ?
  12. What side of the bed did you get out of this morning ? The OP is a new member who asked a question about repair costs in a totally respectable way. The OP explained " Also just to add I did not see the cracks till I got it home, which was ignorance on my part." Where did the OP ask for something to be done cheap ?
  13. Looks French, but I guess it will end up being one of those Markneukirchen transition French look alike violins. Sounds like you did alright.
  14. It would be of interest if someone knowledgeable could explain the sequence of events required to fix this violin. Does it require a plaster cast ? Hot sand. From a layman's perspective it just seems like open the violin, clean the cracks, glue, clamp, apply diamond patches to the closed cracks. Close. Is there a lot more to it that I am missing ?