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  1. Hello! I am in the stages of repairing a violin for the first time, purchased cheaply at an auction simply for the joy of learning. The violin is about 100 years old and was caked with dirt, I have lifted off the worst with cotton sticks and saliva. I will attach a photo of the current state of varnish, pictures taken with flash to better show the contrasts. The varnish is mostly matte, and chipped off or scuffed in many places, and dirty in others. I have come to understand that spirit varnish is mainly used in repairs, but I have not been able to tell yet if the original is oil- or spirit based. My question is: is it best to apply new varnish without any further big preparations of the current state? Or is it better to lightly sand down the worst scuffs to a more even structure and cleanliness before applying new varnish? Some scuffs are basically down to the wood, how would a base coat react to the varnish around it? My first plan is to leave as much as possible intact and only lightly sand the surfaces before applying varnish, but I am unsure how well it would attach on top of "dirt". The goal of this violin is not to make it look brand new, I would very much like to have it show its history but to be protected. Please give me your thoughts on the steps how you would restore the varnish
  2. Does anyone have any information about Florida violin maker Gino Cavaceppi? I inherited one and can't find much on line.
  3. Here is another thought I wanted to discuss with MN members. (I posted this before on FB) What do you think of increasing the stop lenght just a few millimeters? What are your thoughts and feelings about it? Or eventually, did anyone here make experiments with altering the stop length? Is it a taboo to touch the standard numbers of 195-130? At least for violists and cellists it is normal to have instruments with slightly different stop length.
  4. Hello everyone, I am currently in the market for a new violin. Hoping for a step up from my $1000 infinite strings master build violin. I saw infinite strings' new private stock violins and wanted to know how they compare to the Jay Haide (special and non-special edition violins), and the Scott Cao STV-1500. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  5. I was wondering if anybody has tried the new Larsen Virtuoso Strings for Violin yet. I had 2 people ask me about them. Thanks
  6. Kallie

    White violins

    Hi there. First of all, I live in the Western-Cape of South-Africa, and the only violins that being sold here by music shops is cheap chinese violins, or like some people like to call them, VSO's (Violin-sounding objects). I'm currently learning violin restoration by myself, (so much easier with all the resources available on the internet, and since there are no violin making schools in SA). So here is my question. I want to try to introduce better, yet affordable violins to the many, many violin beginners that I hear of over here every day. I sell old violins that I buy/repair already, but beginners aren't looking for that. I always hear my violin teacher saying how kids struggle to get even a decent sound out of the violins (The VSO's), or even a decent volume, and believe me, Ive played on some of those violins and it is indeed true. Now I know people might say "a bad worksman blames his tools" but with better tools, a worksman can do much better work. So what I want to do, is buy white violins, that are available on Ebay for example. I know you can buy better white violins at other places, but I have to keep this affordable for beginning players. What I plan on doing then is maybe do some final scraping/thinning of the plates if that was done poorly, do a proper set-up, and apply some varnish that is not so thick that a spear wont even be able to penetrate it. Have anyone tried this yet? What sound quality can I expect from these violins then? Will there be enough of a difference that people will buy these, rather than cheap violins at music shops? Here is a link to one violin, for example, http://www.ebay.com/itm/BEGINNER-MAKE-A-VIOLIN-WOOD-PROJECT-KIT-with-ebony-pegs-/200916112585?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item2ec78894c9 Thank You for taking time to read. Hope to hear from you guys soon. -Kallie
  7. I am new to this whole thing looking to buy my first violin. I have read a lot on this topic and realize that getting a better violin now will probably be more beneficial at least as far as staying enthusiastic. I have found a violin, but unfortunately do not know enough about them (I do not want to trust the seller completely). Seller says it is labelled Johannes Pressenda of Turin, but most likely it is a tribute piece styled alike. He also says it is a 1850 Czech violin. Any feedback at all would be helpful and much appreciated. http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l582/pahdah_hound/Czech%201870%20Lury%201-19-2013/Czech14.jpg http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l582/pahdah_hound/Czech%201870%20Lury%201-19-2013/Czech1.jpg http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l582/pahdah_hound/Czech%201870%20Lury%201-19-2013/Czech2.jpg http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l582/pahdah_hound/Czech%201870%20Lury%201-19-2013/Czech8.jpg http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l582/pahdah_hound/Czech%201870%20Lury%201-19-2013/Czech9.jpg http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l582/pahdah_hound/Czech%201870%20Lury%201-19-2013/Czech13.jpg Posting the photos in Link form because they are very large and I know you guys hate that.