Wouter

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  1. Wouter

    Violin ID (x2)

    Awesome! I am curious how this one sounds... For now I was (as you have said) planning to ignore the saddle crack, except maybe giving it some more space as has been suggested before. I ordered some tools already, as well as a couple of bridges. I'm eager to get started
  2. Wouter

    Violin ID (x2)

    37 cm body, just measured it. I'm quite a big guy, so maybe not as big of a problem for me? Is a larger violin size less popular due to handling reasons or is there some other cause?
  3. Wouter

    Violin ID (x2)

    Thanks for your suggestions everyone! As suggested, I will start by tinkering with the appalling dustbin one first, I'll see how that goes.
  4. Wouter

    Violin ID (x2)

    Haha, you do know how to sell the trade! Although I get what you both are suggesting, I am not talking about taking the whole violin apart. Considering what @baroquecello said, it should be possible to repair the instrument without taking it apart too much. Restoring cracks using patches seems difficult for me right now, but cutting a soundpost to the right size and resetting it, as well as cutting a premade bridge to the right dimensions should be doable. I do have a lot of woodworking tools available to me (oh the joy of having family that comes from the farm!), and I am pretty handy if I do say so myself. As I said before, I do not have any emotional attachments to the instruments. So if the cost of repairing the instrument would be just as much (if not more) than the value, what choice do I have?
  5. Wouter

    Violin ID (x2)

    Ofcourse I have the utmost respect for luthiers and I am not suggesting to underpay anyone. The main goal for me is to have a playable instrument without breaking the bank too much (poor student here!), or have some fun and learn some things attempting to repair the instrument myself (or both ). If the total cost of the repairs would be nearing the total value of the violin, it would not be worth it for me to be spending a lot. The violin has no sentimental value to me and then I'd rather attempt the repair myself. From your post, I take that you think it best to repair the saddle crack, @jacobsaunders?
  6. Wouter

    Violin ID (x2)

    With my (very) limited knowledge, I came to the same conclusion regarding the origins of the Maggini model, thank you for your awesome response! The top is still firmly in place, so I don't think it needs to be reglued if opening up the violin is not necessary. I took your (also that of @Jrwillis, thank you for your input as well!) advice and called a local Luthier to ask how much the set-up would cost. He said around 180 euros for the soundpost and bridge alone, that is without redressing the fingerboard and addressing the saddle problem. Is that a reasonable price or should I look elsewhere?
  7. Wouter

    Violin ID (x2)

    Recently, I have been getting more and more interested in violin making (also thanks to this awesome forum!). A couple of days ago I decided to make my first purchase, 3 antique-ish violins. Since I am planning to repair 2 of them in the coming weeks, I would love your input on where they might come from (and also if they are "cheap" enough for me to do my first repairs on)! As for the one that is in better condition; there (unfortunately) is a crack in the top underneath the tailpiece(see pictures), would a complete top removal be appropriate? The crack: Some more pictures of the older looking violin: The scroll seems too be very crooked, overall this violin seems to be more rougly made than the other one. I had to work with limited daylight so if neccesary I can make some more pictures tommorow!