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    Nicole
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    I’m asking for a diagnosis of the following impression on my instrument:

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    I bought the instrument like that. It was used. How long would you say I have before the instrument is useless? How quickly is the value depreciating? How soon should I replace the instrument, considering the fact that I am otherwise happy with it?

    #2651 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    That is some pretty significant damage but there is nothing that I can see that would imply that it would effect the sound in a negative way. What I would want to see is if there is any open seams on this instrument, and by the condition it is in, I could see that being a strong possibility. I would bring it in to get a checkup and possible appraisal/repair estimate.

    I’m really curious how that happened. It almost seems like some sort of deterioration caused by weather in some way. Like someone left the violin in a hot place and the sides melted. That gives me cause of concern if it was weather related regarding the overall quality of the instrument. This is all speculation of course, and I think I would be able to give you more evaluation based on seeing more images. Again I’m not expert, but I did work at a string store for 3 years as a head salesman. I now would say I’m competent with minor repair and damages, but honestly I’ve never seen something like that before.

    #2658 Reply

    Nicole
    Participant

    I haven’t noticed any bad sound: there were so many improvements compared to my $90 beginner’s violin that I decided I could live with the damage until the next upgrade. Also, I am certain that there are no openings. There is one abrasion that is similar to this one, but it is smaller and less noticeable. Other than that, I haven’t found a reason to trade it in other than a general better sound as I move up the price range.

    I was also guessing that it was caused by humidity or lack thereof. My teacher noticed it one day and only warned that my violin wouldn’t last for years like hers has.

    I will look into repair/appraisal. Thanks!

    #2816 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    One thing that can happen quite often to a violin (that is often overlooked), is the ability for the sound post to move around inside the instrument (every instrument has a sound post that is mobile). This causes a big difference in how the instrument resonates (the post connects the top and back), and bumping it back into an optimal spot can be worth the $10-$15. I often find instruments sound “dead,” and a simple sound post adjustment will bring your sound quality up quite a few notches. I suggest asking him to take a look at the inside of your instrument and see if the post could be moved slightly to a better spot. Ultimately when you are ready as well, a better quality instrument will be the ultimate solution.

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