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Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« on: Jul 29, 2009, 06:01:27 PM »
I have this wooden case that I got with my recent violin (the new one I talk a lot about), and it's usable but the black stuff on top is peeling off. Here photos of it from my camera phone:





Oh and the "handle" is some shoe strings lol.

Is this something that can be fixed? I have a regular case as is, but I love the vintage look to this case a lot!

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #1 on: Jul 30, 2009, 01:53:21 AM »
Tolex covering works.  Rubber cement.  Staples under the lining.

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #2 on: Jul 30, 2009, 08:33:18 AM »
Thanks! :D
Would you recommend I take it in or is it a simple DIY? I tend to be..um..not so great at DIY's...if it's a huge project.   :-\

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #3 on: Jul 31, 2009, 03:00:04 PM »
Nobody will fix an old case.  You're on your own.  I wouldn't bother.

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #4 on: Aug 01, 2009, 06:04:28 AM »
Sad. :( Ah well, thank you though :)

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #5 on: Aug 01, 2009, 07:59:39 AM »
Seems like you've just been given total license to go nuts with the sandpaper, decoupage, and what all else you may have, without risk of loss. Not a bit sad, not in my book, anyway.

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #6 on: Aug 01, 2009, 08:10:53 AM »
Seems like if you like the looks of it as is, there must be some kind of matte finish sealer you could spray on it to keep it from disintegrating further, but would maintain the approximate current appearance.

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #7 on: Aug 01, 2009, 04:01:14 PM »
Seems like you've just been given total license to go nuts with the sandpaper, decoupage, and what all else you may have, without risk of loss. Not a bit sad, not in my book, anyway.

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I favor velour for the innards...

That thought did pop in my head yesterday as I was replying to Stephen. Maybe I can put some wood protector and varnish! Thank you so much for confirming it can be done!

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #8 on: Aug 01, 2009, 04:04:49 PM »
Seems like if you like the looks of it as is, there must be some kind of matte finish sealer you could spray on it to keep it from disintegrating further, but would maintain the approximate current appearance.
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It's a cool appearance since it has that worn effect, but I'm afraid that the wood is going to get destroyed  if not protected :) But that would be a cool effect to have! Thank you :)

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #9 on: Dec 16, 2009, 03:48:28 PM »
The problem I've found with this type of repair is the Tolex(?) type material that overlaps along the seam.  You can't just leave it on it you take all the other stuff off.  Then you have nothing covering the seam and you have to think about that.  IMHO it's best to hit 'em with an electric sander, clean it all up and refinish.  Or just enjoy it like it is and don't worry about degredation of the existing wood.  Hey, it's survived this way for 100 years, you'll never wear it out in your life.  And if you do, see Willy Nelson's guitar!

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #10 on: Dec 17, 2009, 12:42:36 AM »
I've also have an old case I just recently put away in the garage to free up some space in my very small music room.  I replaced it years ago as it did not offer much protection to the violin.  It is an old wooden coffin style painted black, lined with paper and with a hook and ring as a latch!  I was tempted to toss it out, in fact that was how I got my violin in the first place, it was put out in the rubbish!  Anyway, after reading the original post I thought I might sand the timber back one day and stain it with a nice varnish.  One of these days!

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #11 on: Dec 19, 2009, 03:12:10 AM »




I had intended replying to Ben's last post but it seems to have disappeared.  Anyway this is the old case!

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #12 on: Dec 19, 2009, 01:58:12 PM »
Yeah, Vitar, I don't know what happened, must be part of Mark's re-building effort.  Anyway, I'm curious about that fiddle you found in the trash.  Was it worth playing, etc?  Do you still play it?

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Re: Fixing old violin cases (Coffin/ wooden)
« Reply #13 on: Dec 19, 2009, 10:22:03 PM »
Yes it is a late 1920's German trade violin.  It was actually picked up by a friend's father who was a tree lopper and also took peoples rubbish to the rubbish tip. It was in good condition and I have had it for 30 years.  I posted some pics a while back, not sure if they are still there.  On the topic of finding fiddles in the rubbish, Brenton from the Violineri had a customer who came in with a late 19th Century Italian fiddle he had found in a rubbish skip.  It cleaned up well and was valued at $4000 Aussie dollars!

 




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