Keep orchestral stringed instruments in good playing condition and in the hands of musicians. Orchestral Music Educators, Department Chairs, District VAPA Coordinators, private teachers, and anyone interested in learning more about their orchestral instrument will benefit by helping keep their stringed instruments healthy. Practicing the basic maintenance and preventative care outlined in this one-day workshop will also help keep repair expenses down. In this class, you will learn all the components of the instrument, how to properly install stings, how to clean and care for your instrument, and more.
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: proper use of bench grinders; sharpening knives, plane blades, and chisels; fitting pegs in the scroll; setting and making sound- posts; and making bridges.
Students may select, based on experience level, one or two-weeks of instruction to deepen their knowledge in set-up, explore sound adjustments and minor repairs in this hand-on workshop. The fundamentals as taught by Mr. Morris in Set-up, Part I will be reinforced and expanded upon and will include dressing an ebony violin fingerboard and making a new upper nut.
Individuals with previous experience with violin repair or students who have participated in UNH Violin Set-Up I and II may attend this workshop. You will gain exposure to and experience in the most common types of repairs including: gluing of cracks in instruments, cleating, taking off and re-gluing the top, neck projections, bushing pegs, simple edge replacement, and basic retouching principles.
In this continuation of violin repair study, students’ more advanced repair projects will be discussed and shared as classroom learning opportunities. Each student receives personalized daily instruction at the bench to guide them through their project. This workshop will focus on neck-resetting, neck shaping, coloring and varnishing of the neck, plate and bar thickness, and the gluing and retouching of old cracks.