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    thank you for all the replies!
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    Apologies if this has been covered, but the search for "paint" in the forum had too many results. I've read that the varnish and all kinds of other things affect the sound. Is it ok for a violin to have a painting on it, or is that automatically going to make it lesser quality? It seems like it would have a negative effect. I did find the thread about the war decals and no one seemed to think anything on there was too high quality, but I'm confused about why someone would spend hours making a painting on it if it would lessen the value.
  3. Thanks for all the replies. Soundpost is intact - not sure if it will need adjustment. I do have the original bridge, but hadn't bought new strings yet, so I'm not sure how it sounds. Neck is straight, at least to my untrained eye. I did not see any other issues aside from the seam, but can't see into the violin well. Thanks!
  4. Hi, I have a 1/4 size violin, And I know it is not particularly high quality, but I want to know if it would be cheaper to make it playable or to buy/rent a new one. So I’m not asking if it is “worth the repair” like for resale, I’m pretty sure it isn’t. (The fingerboard appears to be colored to look like ebony) But renting an instrument for $20/month also adds up, so I’m wondering if I should just go with what I have. I tried to include pictures of damage. The label only says it is a Czech strad copy, no year, but it appears to have real ivory so maybe that dates it. Thanks!
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    Peg Wood ID

    Is it maybe just a darker stained pernambuco?
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    Peg Wood ID

    Hi! I don’t know much about violin work, but from reading on the internet it seems like among the fittings the pegs are the biggest deal to replace. I need a new chintest and tailpiece so it seemed like it would make sense to get the same wood as the pegs. (This is my secondary violin so I’m not concerned about the nuances in the sound that might be caused by the wood type). However, I don’t recognize the wood my pegs are made of. Can anyone identify this, or let me know if there is a reason I should just go with a standard wood instead?
  7. here is a picture I meant to include
  8. I was just looking inside of one of my violins and noticed it has small diamond shapes that appear to be little pieces of wood either glued on or left slightly higher than the rest of the violin. I've never seen this before, and google isn't that useful when the word diamond is involved. They are about a half inch wide, and in a single line up the middle of the violin, spaced a few inches apart. What are these for?