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I'm a guitar maker. A client gave me this old violin that he got at a flea market for $5.

It's obviously in bad shape, but the wood in the neck and back is very nice. I wonder if I should fix it, toss it or what.

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Financially this is really not worth repairing, being a mass-produced violin from around 1900. The Best option is to go back to the flea market, and attempt to retrieve that $5

If you are bored, and the financial side doesn't matter to you, then there is no reason not to have a workshop project.

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Awww...that note is so sweet!  

If you repair the violin (and good luck if you do!  And keep us posted with before and after shots!) , make sure you keep the note with it.  It has great sentimental/historical appeal.  If it's clean and dry, put it in a zip-lock baggie to keep it safe.

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15 hours ago, Oddsteven said:

I'm a guitar maker. A client gave me this old violin that he got at a flea market for $5.

It's obviously in bad shape, but the wood in the neck and back is very nice. I wonder if I should fix it, toss it or what.

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Historical note:  Jacob Stainer died in 1683.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Stainer  :)

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I would keep it just for the neck, nice flame and antique patina.  What does the back look like ? 

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7 minutes ago, nathan slobodkin said:

And what would you do with the neck?

You don't want to know.... 

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This is kind of fascinating as an object in its own right. I can imagine all the pieces carefully mounted in a museum case with custom-made plexiglass supports for each fragment, like how a smashed ancient Greek treasure would be displayed.

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4 hours ago, bungling_amateur said:

This is kind of fascinating as an object in its own right. I can imagine all the pieces carefully mounted in a museum case with custom-made plexiglass supports for each fragment, like how a smashed ancient Greek treasure would be displayed.

This one ain't exactly treasure!

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It is not worth fixing, like REALLY NOT! 

Somebody got really angry... 

Who does this?? How does such a thing happen? I wish the biggest tragedies in the world would be this... With all that's going on.. Looks like the world has gone haywire like this violin

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It will have been dropped on the floor. That sort of damage, where the neck block breaks out through the ribs is a typical result.

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