Someone gave me a cello (TONARELI CELLO, MODEL 1500, YEAR 2010), it has a crack at the bottom right (See link with many pics), he was told that repairing the cello would probably cost more than the instrument itself; in my unprofessional opinion, everything else besides the crack look in great shape, it seems that it was not played much, he kept the cello in a closet full of things and some object pressed against the cello and damaged it.
It would be a shame to see this beautiful cello (in my opinion) being thrown in the trash, hence I decided that although I have never done that kind of repair, I am going to do it with the best care possible, nothing to lose but much to gain.
I am not a luthier nor I pretend to be one, I admire their work a great deal, especially their patients. I am an old retired person; enthusiast of violins and cellos and I have done a bit of carpentry on my 10 inexpensive violins. (I don’t even play violin well but enjoy it a great deal and now I might learn how to play cello).
Reading a bit and watching videos of cello and violin repairs, I decided to take the following steps to fix it, if any of you experts have any advice or any warning before I start, you are welcome to express it, I would appreciate very much.
This is what I am planning to do:
The first step would be to remove carefully the top of the cello. I got me a nice piece of maple rib material that I will shape as much as possible to fit the inside of the curvature of the area to be repaired. Now, using white glue, will glue back the cracks to its original way as much as possible (no pieces missing) and immediately, glue the piece of maple rib material (Hide glue) on the inside and clamp it well.
Next step, glue back the top plate (Hide glue) and clamp it well. I am already making the clamps and they are coming really well.
About the finishing of the cello, I would not know how to do it; in the past, I have used some shellac in small touch-ups, any simple advices?
Thank you in advance.
Link with photos: