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Hopf Violin Repair

This is nice old Hopf violin that was brought to me for a set up.

hopf before picture This old guy has seen better days.
The top is coated in grime and scratches.  Most of the cracks have been repaired back in the 20's and are still solid, but there are a few that need tending to. The top is coated in grime and scratches. Most of the cracks have been repaired back in the 20's and are still solid, but there are a few that need tending to.
The back is in pretty good shape.  No cracks, just a bit of dirt that should clean right up. The back is in pretty good shape. No cracks, just a bit of dirt that should clean right up.
The peg box is in good shape, but a new set of pegs is in order. The peg box is in good shape, but a new set of pegs is in order.
With all the old cracks glued up, I did some cleaning, touch up and french polish.  What a difference.  Unfortunately there is some bad varnish work done by the previous luthier and it wan't in books to fix. We can always go back and fix this later if the client so desires. With all the old cracks glued up, I did some cleaning, touch up and french polish. What a difference. Unfortunately there is some bad varnish work done by the previous luthier and it wan't in books to fix. We can always go back and fix this later if the client so desires.
The back looks good after some cleaning and tiny bit of french polish. The back looks good after some cleaning and tiny bit of french polish.
Next, the fingerboard gets planed and sanded to improve playability. Next, the fingerboard gets planed and sanded to improve playability.
Peg time!  The old holes are reamed out to reset the taper and insure round holes. Peg time! The old holes are reamed out to reset the taper and insure round holes.
New pegs are fitted the freshly reamed holes New pegs are fitted the freshly reamed holes.
The ends of the pegs are trimmed and burnished for a perfect fit and finish. The ends of the pegs are trimmed and burnished for a perfect fit and finish.
Hopf Violin new sound post A new sound post had to be made. Note the old repair cleats on the top of the violin. Not the most ideal solution, but it has been holding up for the last 90 years, so we won't be touching that this time around.
The nut is lowered and dressed The nut is lowered and dressed.
A new bridge is fitted  and strings go on. A new bridge is fitted and strings go on.
Hopf violin after All done! The violin is tuned up and ready to go. It has a surprisingly powerful sound that will fill a room.

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