Violin resurrection and what to do with the leftovers

This series of photos shows the resurrection of a violin belonging to Chris Meredith, a very talented musician and teacher, who is trying his best to improve my guitar playing.The violin belonged to his father.

As you can see the instrument had gotten wet so was coming apart,the back and front joints starting to open,the ribs coming away from the tail block the linings parting from the ribs.The fingerboard was badly worn,the pegs did not match,there was no bridge and the poor thing looked rather battered.

Everything was glued back together using hide glue and the instrument refinished using oil varnish.New  ebony fingerboard, tail piece, saddle, pegs and nut plus a new bridge. 

What to do with The leftovers? Obvious make a cigar box violin!

Beech through neck from an old door.The fingerboard was filled with an epoxy/ebony dust mix and the old tail piece was saved by adding a brass claw.Brass saddle, ukulele tuners and corian nut.Inside a piezo strip pick up and twin sound posts.The sycamore bridge has corian inserts to stop the strings digging in.

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Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on January 13, 2018 at 9:04am

Thanks Paul,don't like to see anything wasted

Comment by Paul Craig on January 12, 2018 at 5:40pm

Great job restoring that Violin. Also a great job using the bits to make something else.

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on January 10, 2018 at 4:20pm

Think I agree Korrigan

Comment by Korrigan on January 8, 2018 at 8:11pm

Nice work on both Michael though the CBV is defiantly the cooler of the two.

Comment by gary herget on January 7, 2018 at 4:09pm

Us dinosaurs can only do what we can do. After that we need a nap.

Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on January 6, 2018 at 6:19pm

Thank you Gary,I tried to include more detail but the technology defeated me.Don't know if there is a limit on the number of photos you can use or I'm just a dinosaur

Comment by gary herget on January 6, 2018 at 5:02pm

Nice job on both the restoration and the creation!

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