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Resurrection of another “Dead” Fiddle is now “Live!”

I have written numerous articles over the years, and posted some on my various websites, including a couple of books in .pdf format; but now I am beginning to use the Amazon Kindle Publishing software.

I initially felt pretty intimidated by the huge array of choices, but it has turned out to be fairly user-friendly, once I got over the “fear of the unknown” aspect. (I also published a fairly detailed commentary on the Book of Galatians, but that is not a “fiddle” book. :-))

Resurrection of another “Dead” Fiddle: (Repairing a newer, but badly broken violin.) (Resurrecting "dead" instruments) by [Chet  Bishop]

Second attempt:

I had published one earlier such booklet: this one is a little shorter, but has more internal repair of structural issues, so it may be even more interesting to some.

It includes the replacement of a broken neck-block as well as a full neck-set and replacement of mising rib wood, and the necessary varnish retouching.

This second book is a photo essay on the resurrection of a violin that arrived rather badly broken. Most luthiers would have refused the project, saying the repairs would cost more than the violin was worth. I enjoy this kind of project; besides, I charge a bit less than others. I work out of my home, which diminishes my overhead somewhat, and I can pass those savings on to my customers.


This Customer was delighted with the results, and the violin has returned to its old position as her daily player. She had previously been forced to buy a cheap instrument in order to keep playing. This one had been her favorite, but had been broken. When I opened it, I discovered a serious flaw in the original build, as well as some really bad repair work, all of which was made right before the violin returned home.

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