#1
So in my grandmother's house yesterday, I found what looked like a tiny guitar case. Upon closer inspection (opening it up lol), I realized it was a violin.

A broken violin.

So I asked my grandmother whose it was. She said my dad's, so I asked him if I could have it. He said yes, but I really don't know whether:
a) it can be fixed
or
b) if it's worth it to fix it.

There are no markings on the guitar that would indicate brand or company and I cannot fin a serial number. If violins all have serial numbers in one place, I'd appreciate it if you could tell me where it is.

Also, I don't know how taut the bow should be, but it seems looser than it should be

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So, is it worth it/possible to fix it? And how much would it cost? And does anyone have any idea of whether this violin is just a POS or a decent violin?
#2
I'd advise just going into a music shop and asking dude, they'll be friendly most likely and answer everything you have to ask.
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#3
Ya it's fixable.
And not for a lot of cash either
Oh and you should be able to find the mfr's name inside the body
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#5
yeah, new bow, bridge, and strings. thats all you need from what i can tell, shouldnt be more than $100, i know bows can get expensive but im not sure
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#6
looks fine to me. just needs new strings and bow. i'm fairly sure the bridge is fine
#7
take it to a luthier that specialises in violins to get the bridge fixed, then all you need is a new bridge piece, bow and strings. if it is branded the brand name should be just below the point where the neck meets the body on the back, and it is gerally stamped in ink so it may have faded away
#8
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#9
Just get the bridge fixed. Also the bow could be better but you can tighten it by turning the little thingy at the end.
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looks fine to me. just needs new strings and bow. i'm fairly sure the bridge is fine

There is no bridge, Neo.

That black thing is the tailpiece. A bridge is one of these
#11
Yeah it's fixable. And the violin bow is a little loose. But you just fix it by winding the thing on the bottom end of the bow...
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#12
You just need to go out and buy a new bridge (like the one in the picture) and a pack of strings. You'd probably be well off buying a new bow, but it's not necessary, as long as you can tighten the one that was in the case (tighten it until you can slide your pinkie finger between the wood and the hair).
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#13
Definitely fixable and I'm pretty sure it's worth it unless you don't want those dents/scratches.

Just fix the black part, get new strings, and trim the loose "hairs" on the bow. Shouldn't cost too much.

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#14
See above.
If you look inside the F-holes, you should find out who made it at least. The pictures don't look terrible The body is intact, the neck is still attached, the tailpiece isn't warped or anything. Just get a new bridge and have a violin maker (luthier) look it over and make the necessary adjustments.

Learning the violin is a difficult and sometimes aurally painful process, but I can tell you that I enjoy playing it just as much now if not moreso then when I first got my violin.
#16
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Inside the F-holes it says:
Jan Kulik
Prague Czechoslovakia

Good?

Dunno. Google it. It's probably a cheap mass produced thing sold to schools, but hey another weapon in your audible arsenal is always good is it not?
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#17
Violins aren't manufactured like guitars, usually the nicer ones are made by a pretty dedicated luthier, that's why they're way more expensive. Anyways, I don't know much about violins but here's what I can tell, not its not going to cost a lot to fix. Its missing a bridge, three fine tuners, one string and the bow needs new hair (I think that's how you say it, I'm pretty uneducated about violins).
#18
Yeah, just needs a new bridge and a bit of fine tuning. From the picture, the bow doesn't look too bad, but I can't really see all of it.
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#19
If it's from Czechoslovakia, it could very well be good. For the most part, other than knowing the history of the instrument, the best way to find out if it's good is to play it. You could probably get away with just tightening the bow hairs rather than buying a new one. That just leaves the strings and the bridge. I'd ask your dad about the violin, seeing as how it was his.
#20
All you need is a new bridge and possibly a new bow. The tailpiece is supposed to float like that so dont get worried about it.
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#21
Doesn't look too bad, just get a new bridge, strings, and bow. Actually, just get rid of the loose hairs and tighten it up, that should work.

AS someone mentioned above, the bridge is NOT the black thing you put your hand under in the third pic. That's the tailpiece. Also, get some new fine tuners.

It'll probably be a bit expensive.

Oh, and you need rosin too.
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#22
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Doesn't look too bad, just get a new bridge, strings, and bow.

AS someone mentioned above, the bridge is NOT the black thing you put your hand under in the second pic. That's the tailpiece. Also, get some new fine tuners.

It'll probably be a bit expensive.

Oh, and you need rosin too.


I have a bridge. It just isn't on. Btw, I think this is a small size violin.... How long should an adult sized violin be?
#23
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I have a bridge. It just isn't on. Btw, I think this is a small size violin.... How long should an adult sized violin be?

There are no "adult" sizes, there are full size violins, 3/4 size, 1/2 size, and 1/4 size.

There might be smaller, but I don't think that's really necessary.
Though if it's too small for you to play comfortably, you may just want to get a new one or something.

Also, you will need to know the size of the violin, because the strings are made to the exact length of a specific size.
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#24
How much does a decent beginner violin cost? Because if the cost of repairing this one is close to that, and the violin itself turns out to be a piece of crap, then I'll buy a decent beginner one.

Also, I think Jan Kulik was a famous violin luthier.... But I seriously doubt this is a great violin because I doubt my grandparents would by my dad an expensive violin when he was a little kid.
#25
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How much does a decent beginner violin cost? Because if the cost of repairing this one is close to that, and the violin itself turns out to be a piece of crap, then I'll buy a decent beginner one.

Also, I think Jan Kulik was a famous violin luthier.... But I seriously doubt this is a great violin because I doubt my grandparents would by my dad an expensive violin when he was a little kid.

Haha, I wouldn't doubt it too much.

Also, the prices vary a lot, If I had to give a rough estimate, I'd say maybe 200 dollars for a cheap-ish one?

The repair cost shouldn't be too much, though I've seen packs of strings run higher than $40 dollars, but if you have that that's fine.

You have the bridge, which is good, and you need some fine tuners, which are the little knob-like things that are on the tailpiece. I think you only have one left?

Yeah, start off with that, and you should be fine. But I would recommend taking it to a shop, though. Just tell them you need it fixed, and I'm sure they'll be happy to help.
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#26
I know what tuners are. I play guitar

But seriously, thanks for all your help

Out of curiosity... what is standard tuning for a violin? What notes?

And I'm gonna try using my bow on my guitar. I saw a video where someone did it, and it was really cool!
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Quote by mamosa
I know what tuners are. I play guitar

But seriously, thanks for all your help

Out of curiosity... what is standard tuning for a violin? What notes?

And I'm gonna try using my bow on my guitar. I saw a video where someone did it, and it was really cool!

I've done that. Sounds like ****. >.>

Also, I'm not talking about the pegs on the end of the neck, I'm talking about the little knobs on the tailpiece, which is the black thing you were holding, so if I wasn't clear on that, sorry. Though if you did know that, then ignore this.

And standard tuning for a violin is G D A E, low to high. It's tuned to fifths.

And you're welcome. Good luck!
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Oh, like a bass!


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Do you mean bass like bass guitar or double bass?
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