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  1. Hello! I am in the stages of repairing a violin for the first time, purchased cheaply at an auction simply for the joy of learning. The violin is about 100 years old and was caked with dirt, I have lifted off the worst with cotton sticks and saliva. I will attach a photo of the current state of varnish, pictures taken with flash to better show the contrasts. The varnish is mostly matte, and chipped off or scuffed in many places, and dirty in others. I have come to understand that spirit varnish is mainly used in repairs, but I have not been able to tell yet if the original is oil- o
  2. I noticed when I opened it that it has been built without top corner blocks. Is that common? (Almost hoping I can skip mine on the one I am building, I keep messing them up :p)
  3. Thanks, I do have access to that book, I'll go through the notes again
  4. What do you recommend to use for cleaning? I have read many different options, and basically all of them has someone saying "omg don't use that!"
  5. I am building violin crack clamps after blueprints, but if that goes to hell I'll just cough up the money to buy from overseas. Yes, I am using hide glue for the violin I am building as well so that is already home and ready.
  6. I have a violin i purchased at auction from a home where the owner passed away. It is in dire need of repair and I want to learn by doing. I have some contact with a luthier but he is retired and may not have the energy for tutoring, so I am on my own here gathering knowledge and resources and joy of trying to figure things out. Aside from all the external parts missing the violin is a bit grimey (I am carefully cleaning some parts using saliva, which I read about on this forum) but the cracks and scabs are the main issue. THE DAMAGE: There is a deep crack that goes through the purf
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