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Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and repair and have been picking up orphan fiddles here and there. This one was a reverb.com find. It was a pretty good buy. As you should be able to see from the pictures, the back of this instrument is badly twisted on the lower bout...a-la your favorite variety of potato chip. Does anyone have any experience or advice on remedying a twisted/bent maple back plate? Thanks...
Hi all, Can anyone tell me why there might be 3 holes on this violin's back over the top and end block? I've of course seen single filled holes from the back being held in place for carving that are reminiscent of these, but I've never seen 3 in each spot as this violin evinces. Is this indicative of a repair? A friend of mine (not a luthier) suggested that it might be dowel reinforcement after a neck graft. However, I've seen violins that have had neck grafts that did not have these holes. Is it simply a poorly-done repair, or indicative of serious structural weakness meriting such 'heroic' intervention? Another possibility that suggested itself is that it is simply a dodgy construction technique used on a cheap / factory fiddle (rather than a repair). That said, the wood does appear nice, and the violin clearly has some age. What say the luthiers?