Violin Set-Up II & Basic Repair - Tools and Materials

Violin Set-Up II & Basic Repair - Tools and Materials
Instructor: Paul Wiessmeyer
Required Book: Henry A.Strobel "Useful Measurements for violin makers: A reference for shop use"

Materials and instruments are not included in the tool box rental. It is the responsibility of participants to bring their own materials and violins for set-up.


  • Two new violins not previously set up with  good quality ebony fingerboards. Please--no old or unvarnished violins. Viola, cello, fractional size, or five string instruments are optional.  (From any supplier of new Chinese student instruments)
  • Violin Pegs--shafts must be larger than the peg holes and the peg box
  • 5 French bridges, Model #7 MIRECOURT.  Violin 4/4, 41.5 mm               
  • 3 different set of strings, i.e.  steel,  gut,  perlon --two sets of used violin strings are ok too
  • Nikko polish
  • Violin sound post material
  • Violin tail pieces, tail gut, fine tuners, large end buttons. If you plan to work on instruments other than violin, please bring the appropriate materials and accessories for set-up.

Materials Suppliers:


All students are required to have their tools in hand at the beginning of the class!  Students who do not wish to purchase the tools can rent a tool box.  Original # 9 1/2 Stanley block planes in good working order are available for purchase from  Randy Kellogg. Thanks to the 2016 donation of tools in memory of a past participant, Adrian Teuscher, the Institute has a limited supply of tools to supplement tool box rentals. Toolboxes containing all the tools mentioned below can also be rented  from Randy Kellogg. Please contact Randy Kellogg directly at 603-495-3643 to inquire about rental fee and availability.


Tools: Sources Purpose   Quantity
Rigid 12"/30cm ruler
Metropolitan Music & Howard Core      
Alcohol lamp (removing nut @ times)        
1mm or 1/32" drill bit for peg string holes         
Power or hand drill        
Chinrest key        
Nut files         
Bridge template(s), Metropolitan Music, Cat. #29230, Metropolitan Music & Howard Core      
Scraper set; Japanese Metropolitan Music, Cat. #29230      
Sound Post angle jig      
Parchments, Metropolitan Music, Cat. #29230, Metropolitan Music & Howard Core      
Sharp pencil & notebook Your own source     1
Large Towel  Your own source     1
Pointed Tweezers Your own source     1
Violin Makers' Knife, 3.5 mm, AND 19mm Diefenbacher or Howard core     1each
Adjustable 9 1/2  Block Plane  Stanley, Randy Kellogg     1
Sound Post Setter for violin see suppliers below     1
Soundpost restriever see suppliers below     1
Compass - Divider see suppliers below     1
Small machinist square wood craft     1
Sandpaper, 80, 120, 150, 220, 320 grit Hardware store     1 of each
Wet & dry sandpaper, 60-420 grids see suppliers below      
Water bench stones for honing, various grids see suppliers below sharpen hand tools   course-fine
Optivisor # 5       optional
1 inch C clamps Hardware store     8 pieces
Inspecton Mirror see suppliers below     1
Flexible Stainless Steel Ruler 300mm see suppliers below     1
SEMI-Rigid Stainless Steel Ruler 300mm see suppliers below     1
Measuring tape metric and inches Hard ware store     1
Palette Knife straight, extra thin Local Artist Store to glue openings   1
 Grobet DOUBLE CUT Flat File, Cut 0 or similar see suppliers below     1
 Mouse tail file extra coarse, Grobet needle file round, cut 1 see suppliers below     1
Herdim Crack Clamp 280mm see suppliers below for gluing cracks    
Herdim Crack Clamp 180mm see suppliers below  glue cracks    
SMALL HAND SAW see suppliers below     1
Rectangular SCRAPER, 150X50X0.25 MM see suppliers below to scrape finger board   1
Herdim or Alberti Design Peg Shaper  see suppliers below     1
Violin Peg Reamer - Standard (do not buy spiral!) see suppliers below     1
Drill bits 1, 1.5, 2, 1.5, 3, 4, 5 mm Hard ware store     1 each
Hammer, small Hard ware store     1
Vernier slide Caliper       1
Three sided burnisher for scrapers Diefenbacher     1
Japanese saw file see suppliers below     1
Scratch awl       1
Pitchpipe A 440       1
Hill peg lube       1
Polish cloth (good quality cotton rag)       1
Cleaning cloth (good quality cotton rag)       1
Violin bridge jack Howard Core     1
Black grease pencil or carbon paper       1
Steel wool 0000       1
Soft White chalk (Pelikan) see suppliers below     1
Several carving gouges, various sizes and sweeps       three to four
Several chisels, various widths       three to four
Watercolor kit and 3 fine brushes Pelikan      
Alcohol soluble  varnishing retouch materials and colors can be purchased from: wood finishing enterprises     available during class 
Various retouch brushes, including several very fine natural hair Kolinsky  rotmarder bristle brushes  art store      
Various inexpensive sablette synthetic bristle brushes art store      


Tools Suppliers:

  • Randy Kellogg                                      603-495-3643


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