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My violin has a crack starting a bottom and extending through the f hole, the crack is in the area of the sound post, Should I remove top and cleat crack. or will I be able to glue and place cleat using a f hole clamp using the f hole clamp, will it be stroung

to suport the sound post?

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Hello Jim:

The repair may be decided on a financial basis. Sometimes the correct reoair would cost more than the violin. In that case, closing the crack and cleating would be the way to go.

Normally, such a crack repair is done with an area patchright over the post. This is a patch with no sides running parallel to the top grain, yet the grain of the patch is no more than one or two grains off parallel with the top grain. The top has an "egg shaped" excavation done, carefully and as perfecty as possible, uniformly curved...no dips or bumps, to 1/2 mm. of the top surface. Then the area patch is chalk fitted and glued in. The caul to hold the top is a plaster cast made ahead of time and dry.

So, have fun,

Al

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