Basic Violin Set-up and Tool Use - Tools and Materials

UNH Course: Basic Violin Set-up and Tool Use - Tools and Materials
Instructor: Francis Morris


1⁄4” and 3⁄4” Hock Knife Blades (one each)
Stanley plane # 9 1⁄2 or something similar
Chisel 5/8” or wider
Metropolitan Peg Shaver
Peg hole reamer
Small fine tooth saw for cutting peg ends
Sound post Setter
Sound post retriever
Sound post mirror
Mousetail file or individual files for each string (come in sets) one mousetail works fine
Flat medium coarse file (0 gauge) don’t stress the gauge
Sandpaper 120, 220, 400, 600 sheets
Small dividers
Bend-a-light Pro by Steelman for looking inside instrument (Metropolitan carries these)
Ceramic Stones from Metropolitan 1000-6000 grit
Coarse diamond stone
Digital Calipers
Flexible 30 centimeters ruler
Grease pencil
soft 9B pencil


String lifter
Medium coarse diamond stone
Berber Peg Shaver or Alberti Design Shavers



Woodcraft Tool Supply                                  Diefenbacher Tools

*Metropolitan Music Company                      Alberti Design

International Violin Company, Ltd                Lie Nielsen Toolworks

Stewart McDonald                                          Lee Valley

Japan Woodworker                                         Or hardware stores such as Ace, Home       Depot, Lowes, Sears



*CONTACT Metropolitan Music for a complete pre-packaged tool box for purchase at a discount. The cost of the tools and box package is $465.00. The normal price would be $600, a savings of $135. Call 866-846-5461 or email


Please be advised that having good and proper tools is critical for success in this course. Garage sale bought tools will probably be more trouble than they are worth.



Two 4/4 Violins, older ones are fine if in good shape with no open cracks or seams.

Violin Pegs/count on a number of extra.

Two or more violin bridge blanks, 4/4 medium grade.

Two sets of strings, Dominants or others.

Sound post material, 6-6.5mm diameter.

Two each of violin tailpieces, tailguts, fine tuners and end buttons.