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  1. I recently acquired a 1/8 Michael-Ange Garini violin (JTL brand Mirecourt Violin) (aka a Mirecourt 1/4). I paid 112GBP after shipping and the instrument arrived in much worse condition than described/pictured. I was quoted a repair price of around $2000 to bring it back to good working condition. I was quoted a minimum price of $300 to open the violin, make a new lower block, and close the violin and was told by my luthier that even then the violin would need more repairs as the neck angle is wrong and would require a very large bridge to even be operational. All of this was and is out of my budget, I expected to pay about $40 or so to have the seams closed which is all I thought was wrong based on the description/photos. The seller told me "too bad" and was unwilling to offer me a refund of any sort so I escalated the case on eBay and was swiftly awarded a decision victory in the resolution center. Being that the violin was shipped from the UK to NYC, I would be out $60 if I returned it with nothing to show, so rather than lose everything, the seller eventually agreed at the last minute to refund me 45GBP. So I chose to spend 67GBP for the broken violin/bow/case rather than spend $60 for nothing. Rather than keep it as a wall hanger, I've been flirting with the idea of trying, with your help, to repair it myself. In my final year of high school, some 18 or so years ago, I did a one-semester internship with my luthier who showed me some basics but that was a long time ago and I pretty much have no experience to speak of. I am decent with my hands and am excited to repair this instrument to the best of my ability and resources. I've been assured my a noteworthy forum member that the violin is of no historic or monetary value, so I don't feel that I am disrespecting the trade in using the violin as training grounds or as my first subject. The very basic repairs as I see it, would be to remove the top, reglue or create a new lower block, and close the top. However, as you can see in the pics below, and more in the link below, there are 4-6 nails that have been driven into the instrument. One below the button (I think), one in the fingerboard (I think, possibly original to the instrument?), and four next to where the neck meets the body. In an ideal world I would remove all of the nails and reset the neck to a proper angle, possibly even replacing the fingerboard and the nut. The pegs appear to be OK and the tailpiece, even though repaired, seems to be OK. The bottom button should be fine I think as well. I have no tools and a very small budget to get this done. I cannot boil glue as this would be done in my living room at night with a small child in the other room sleeping. Is there an acceptable violin glue that can be worked with at room temperature? I do have a blunt flexible thin kitchen knife that might be good for removing the top. What are your opinions as to what if anything I should fix about the violin and the best place to start. This will be at least a learning experience and possibly a fun thread, and if all goes well, I'll have a working violin in the end. I would even ideally like to cover up the scratched in name below the button. The purfling is scratched in and the flames are painted on. I'm not worried about this not being worth my time, as it would be a hobby for me that I am interested in doing. I have no budget to buy books and take classes, this project would be done strictly with the help of fellow MNers. I am definitely willing to read web links and watch web videos to help me along. I eventually want to repair/restore the "worthless" bow and the "almost worthless" case, but will wait 'till the violin is complete first. A little bit about me: http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329805-oops-i-did-it-again-another-ebay-violin-18-another-bass-bar-crack/ http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329003-took-the-plunge-first-ebay-violin-toughts/ A link to the album with pics of the violin/bow/case: http://s1000.photobucket.com/user/whatyoulookinatbish/library/Michel-Ange%20Garini%20one%20eighth%20Violin%20JTL
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