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The violin is cleaned and the front
removed. The old bass bar is also removed
and the crack is carefully cleaned.  With
the instrument apart I can now fully asses
the damage and make a plan of attack.
The distorted area will not just pop back to
its original shape so will have to be coaxed
with heat and moisture.









A full plaster cast is made of the front. A
ridge can be seen from the mirror of the
distortion on the front where the crack had
pushed inwards. The ridge in the cast is
scraped back so that the correct arch of
the front is reformed in the plaster.








Using the scraped back plaster cast, a
warm sandbag and a dampened piece of
blotting paper the distortion on the front
can carefully be returned to its original
form. The front is left under a clamp to
cool and dry.

After removing the clamp I can see if the
distortion of the collapsed crack has been
eased back into its correct position. It has!

The crack is then glued together using
animal glue.

Animal glue is also used for all the other
gluing jobs, as it is reversible.







A new ba
ss bar is fitted and then the crack
is given extra support by gluing a series of
spruce studs along the crack.












The studs are shaped and the ba
ss bar is
refitted over the studs.


















Once the ba
ss bar is glued into its position,
it is given its final shape.












The front is glued back onto the violin.


















The front now has a clean and level
surface ready to be retouched in with
varnish.











Once the varnish has been retouched in a
new bridge is fitted and the instrument is
set up and ready to play.
A slightly more complicated crack repair
on a violin made by Walter Mayson
C1893. (Walter Mayson often named his
violins. This one is called 'Neptune')
As you can see the crack is under the bass
bridge foot directly over the bass bar.




Impact to the front has caused distortion
around the damaged area. It has been
pushed inwards on both sides of the crack.