Important Announcement: 2022 UNH Violin Craftmanship Institute will be held online.
Basic Violin Set-up I & Tool Use is a hands-on introductory workshop that addresses the basics of 4/4 violin set-up and teaches some of the basic bench skills required for repair and maintenance of a full-size violin. Topics include:
We will also discuss string selection and sound-post adjustments (keep in mind the practice of sound adjustments takes years to master). Basic Violin Set-up is highly recommended for music teachers, musicians, shop owners, and others interested in string instrument repair. While you do not need to have previous experience working on violins, previous woodworking experience is beneficial. Basic Violin Set-Up I & Tool Use is highly recommended to as a precursor to Violin Set-Up II and Basic Repair.
A list of tools and materials can be found in the Tools & Materials tab above, or by clicking here.
Register by May 31 and save! $999 if registered by May 31, $1,099 afterward.
UNH Course: Basic Violin Set-up and Tool Use
Instructor: Francis Morris
Two full-sized violins with ebony fingerboards. Inexpensive violins with or without pegs are recommended. They may be previously set up. We will be using these to fit new pegs, sound-posts, and bridges. They should be in good condition with no open cracks or seams. Other items needed include pegs (regular thickness and thick shaft), bridges, sound-post material, and strings.
Tools and Materials:
|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.|
|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|
|Bend-a-light Pro by Steelman for looking inside instrument (Metropolitan carries these)|
|Ceramic Stones from Metropolitan 1000-6000 grit|
|Coarse diamond stone|
|Flexible 30 centimeters ruler|
|Soft 9B pencil|
|Medium coarse diamond stone|
|Berber Peg Shaver or Alberti Design Shavers|
Woodcraft Tool Supply
Metropolitan Music Company*
International Violin Company, Ltd
Lie Nielsen Toolworks
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 email@example.com
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.
Francis Morris is a 1974 graduate of the world-renowned violinmaking school in Mittenwald, Germany. Subsequently he worked with Fritz Baumgartner in Basel, Switzerland, and at the shops of Hans Weisshaar and Robert Cauer in Los Angeles. Since opening his own shop in 1984, he has provided his customers with high quality instrument restoration, fine sound adjustments, and the sale and service of instruments and bows. He won an award for tone at the prestigious Violin Society of America’s 2002 competition. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Violin Society of America. He currently lives and has a shop in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, nestled in the Berkshires near the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival.
MorganEve can't remember a time when the violin wasn't a central part of her life. Making her meager living performing since 2002, in 2015 she began working part time at McCarten Violins in Providence, RI. Her roles at the shop quickly evolved from customer service to instrument technician and for several summers she attended the Violin Craftsmanship Institute to study with Francis Morris, Michael Daddona, Lynn Hannings, Amanda Kapouzous and Paul Weismeyer. She continues to perform with several touring bands and now enjoys off-road time handling bow rehairs for McCarten Violins and working independently on violins, violas and bows from her home-shop in Bethel CT.