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Musical Instruments Restoration #10: Finally the violins are restored completely

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 07-24-2013 05:03 AM 919 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Violin 2 - Assembly of the body Part 10 of Musical Instruments Restoration series Part 11: Octavina »

The final assembly came out very good. The violin 2 passed thru my expectation with respect to sound and strength. I am happy how it came out. The sound is perfect and high enough. The vibration of the plates including the bottom is remarkably balanced. I can fell the effect of the bridge prolong vibrations.

The last phase came up with the gluing of the bottom plate, the fretboard, and the fixing of the tailpiece. I made the bridge accordingly using a special medium hard wood.

In order for me to cut the design, I file one of the coping saw blades to reduce the width. I manually file and sand to shape the right design and thickness to it. Patience was the all the expense I have. Several trial pieces were wasted just to do this bridge. However, if you want to buy… it is expensive.

So here are to pictures of the two violins:

Since these two are family heritage, I hope my father (out there) would be happy seeing how these instruments were restored. May this be a contribution to the next generation what my father left to us.

On the violins’ restoration… I had learnt a lot of new techniques and skill in making or restoring violins. I appreciate much those who had helped me during in terms of comment. You are part of my inspiration too.
Thanks. But this is not the end yet. I have the banduria and octavina to still ongoing restoration.

I would like to ask everyone who reads this restoration…. Will it be okay to post this as project as it is only repaired and restored… not my own? If yes, then I will post it.

-- Bert



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George Coles

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 05:28 AM

Bert I admire your skill and patience to do this. As far as I am concerned, you should definitely post this.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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Eric in central Florida

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 05:32 AM

Beautiful work Bert.
I enjoyed this series very much.
Thank you.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 09:54 AM

Beautiful outcome on both accounts Bert. Your patience certainly paid off. Thank you for taking the time to catalog your process and share it with us. I am sure we all learned a great deal from watching you work.

They certainly look lovely!

sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BertFlores58

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 10:00 AM

Thanks to all.
Sheila, Good to hear from you. Thanks,
With those gained skills, I think I can make one on my own with only the carving of scroll and the plates. When time warrants and materials too… I wiil try.
Have a nice day!

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 07-24-2013 10:05 AM

Now wouldn’t that be wonderful, Bert? I would love to see you do that! Your skill is always something that I admire and I think it would be a wonderful challenge to you. I wish you a great day! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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stefang

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#6 posted 07-24-2013 05:56 PM

Your restorations came out beautiful Bert. I hope you will find a lot of joy making music with them. Not only you but the next generation as well.

I certainly hope you will post the next restorations Bert. It is woodworking for sure and as far as I know that is the only criteria we require, and we frequently break the rules even for that with no complaints.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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littlecope

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 11:49 PM

Those came out beautifully Bert, I’m sure that your Father would be very proud for what you have done…
These will be passed down in your Family for generations to come!
You should definitely post these as a Project! They are finished and they are made from Wood…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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BertFlores58

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 04:59 AM

Mike 2x and George,
Thanks to all of you. With both of you agreeing on posting it as project… and so be it. Now it is posted.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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