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  1. I understand what you are saying, but I doubt so much that they will be able to handle a 97 years old violin carefully, nor that they will be able to clean the crack properly before gluing,nor making a suitable patch underneath, nor they will be able to clamp it right with the proper tools, and most importantly they will not be able to retouch the violin properly. Doing this job for Oud instrument is totally different and doing it for the violin requires different skills, sensitivity and care. I have to learn and plan for each step carefully before I start. And I need to learn from you here as much as I can.
  2. Thank you so so much Mr Douglas for your immense honest help and advices to me... That's enlightening and helping a lot... I shall think thoroughly through everything you said, and come back here to you If I miss or don't understand any thing... I shall plan every tiny step ahead from the beginning to the end while considering every thing you advised before I work, trying hard not mess any process. Also thank you so much Mr. Shelbow for splitting the original post into a new thread. It's really helping and showing my inquiry better to more people.
  3. Thank you so much Mr. Douglas for your advice, the only problem is that I live in Egypt and there is not a one single well educated luthier here in the country, I've searched a lot and there's NONE. And unfortunately I can't travel abroad nor can afford to send it outside the country to a trusted luthier. That's why I have to learn from you here and find the best way to do it myself.
  4. Hello everyone, I live in Egypt and there is not a one single well educated luthier here in the country, I've searched a lot and there's NONE. And unfortunately I can't travel abroad nor can afford to send it outside the country to a trusted luthier. That's why I have to learn from you here and find the best way to do it myself. How exactly would you open the crack just a bit to clean it? How would you use a clamp and a sand bag, when you are working on the top of the violin near the left F whole know that the violin is not opened and that I want to work on it while it's closed, is this possible? Is there a technique to get a round this situation? How exactly would you soak the crack with DI water, what are the exact steps? And for how long should it be soaked? And what are the possible techniques to apply the water only on the crack without spreading to any other undesirable areas of the wood? I work on a 97 years old Italian violin and here you are a picture of the crack https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rldr4PJ8RmLe3IshVJxiqzPdLQTVaJUX/view?usp=drivesdk
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