wing crack clamps


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I have tried many methods for clamping an f-hole wing crack. I have a clamp that I a pretty pleased with, but not completely.

Any one care to share some methods/clamps/techniques for clamping these cracks?

I seem to recall an article in the Strad (?) about an English tool maker, and he had designed a very elegant clamp. Don't know who or when. I would love to see it again.

Thanks!

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I've used triangular shaped cork wedges with success. Slip the wedge in where the F hole is fairly wide and the slide it down towards the wing. I've also stretched a rubberband from the wing to a closing clamp acting like an anchor (positioned on the vln wherever it best opposes the wing crack). Because both methods are 'soft' in nature the F hole is not damaged.

Barry

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