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  1. A follow-up, it seems the bottom block was indeed cracked. I took the chin rest off and slid a very thin metal spade just into the edge along the seam separation, feeling for the end. About 3-4 cm from the end-pin the separation spread to meet the one on the other side and the treble side half of the end block fell away. The upside, I now feel free to remove the back entirely :-? Fred F
  2. Oh, I'll never be a luthier. I mean no disrespect to them with a DIY project, I will never doubt they could do more and better. I wish I could afford to see what a professional could do with this. Reality check: I'm just going to go at it myself. I have violins to play. I bought another violin for less that the cost of a tank of gas to tinker with. I posted it in a knowledgeable forum to make sure it wasn't valuable. If I goof I have not destroyed an artistic legacy. Gluing a seam, I should be able to handle. A bridge just gets replaced if I screw it up. Resetting a sound post seems within reach. If I screw up filing a nut blank I just don't glue it on - after looking at auction photos I've decided I couldn't make one uglier than some of these came with if I tried. I'll post here in a week or two whether I end up with an instrument, a bag of wood, or surrender and take it to the nice lady who set up my others. :-) Fred
  3. The soundpost blank I have is too thin, it will not fill from the end of the fingerboard to the edge of the pegbox opening. So I will be having that done, and the rest with it. Honestly, the missing nut in the listing photo was why I was interested. It told me it was hide glue, not one of the modern glues used on the newer instruments. But now I am searching for a project fiddle, hide glue, without cracks again. Running out of room. I'd still like to know what all would be involved in restoration as opposed to repair, though. No chance I could put the extra $650 in right now but for knowledge sake. Fred F
  4. All replies appreciated jacobsaunders - I get the impression the violin would not be worth the cost of paid repairs when completed, but I will check with a local luthier and price it out before starting anything myself. Could you (or anyone) point me to a link showing prices for one fully restored? What would be involved in restoring as opposed to a setup and repairing the obvious - nut, bridge, and seams? I'm learning a lot in this thread. Baroquecello - I agree with the bow. I have a 4 month old setter pup who in 10 seconds ripped the rubber off a new shoulder rest this morning, so have alternate uses for the bow 8-{ Deans - first- PPFFFFFFTTTTT, I have at least 12 hairs in my mustache that are not gray yet and manage 12K steps every day I work. Second, I do want one to tinker with so this, or another just like it, will be that. I have a couple of ex-rental student models to use until I play well enough to use all my fingers in first and second positions. The process is as much fun as the result. David - The nut is the one thing I suspect I may just bite the bullet on. Since there is a blank in the case I may as well have a go at it first, though. The lower block, at least at the button hole, is not split. (Update after lunch - based on my texted description it was passed to an apprentice/helper who guesstimated <$100 for 2 small seam repairs, nut, bridge, reset existing post and installing my strings. I may take her up on it and plan on paying more like $125. She's done set-up work on my two I play, I trust her and her boss. But then I have to buy another to practice on and I'm running out of room) This was for sale on the Cleveland Craigslist @$29 for quite a while. I bought it thinking of it as a learning platform. Now that I know what I am looking at, I see at least half a dozen more on Shopgoodwill today that will probably sell for <$150. If someone can point me to a better one to learn on, I'm certainly willing to listen Now, be nice. Fred
  5. Thank you, Violadamore! "Markie" was what I needed - a little searching shows tons of information, and an opportunity to learn more about violins. There were two possible good outcomes. This one - It's worth about what I paid, a good piece to practice minor repairs on, and I can then either play it with some sense of satisfaction at my accomplishment or feel no great grief at any failure. Or else, it's worth quite a bit, sell it and buy a very nice upgrade and use the leftover for an instrument and tools to do the first. I suspected the former. I guess I could have accepted the latter, with minimal disappoint. I'm looking forward to maybe sharing my misadventures with this. It looks like most all the information I might need is here. Fred
  6. I couldn't resist a $29 old violin on Craigslist. Very plain label just says copy of strad, made in Germany. From the fragile old cloth imitation leather on the case I'm guessing ~1900? No blocks, a thin lining looks almost like cardboard. Two 1.5" spots to reglue on the back plate. Tailpiece and endpin are there and seem to fit well, no bridge, soundpost down but there appearing to be pretty fine grained. Missing nut, but a blank is in the case. Bow looks thicker than my "modern" bows, frog moves OK, straight stick. I'm assuming it is a factory German import. Is it worth getting fixed up? How far should I go? Wild guesses at costs? Are these bows worth rehairing? Fred I am a 68 YO beginner with a couple of useable ex-rental student violins, specializing in open string and first finger exercises