This violin made in Gomersal in West Yorkshire in 1899 by William Heaton has been in my workshop a few times now for minor adjustments. It has been becoming more and more prone to open seams around the bottom bout, the reason for this being that there was barely any overhang left with the joint between the plate and the ribs.
This is a fairly common occurrence for instruments due to the differential shrinkage across the grain as the wood ages. The only real way to resolve it is to take the whole instrument apart and shorten the ribs from the ends, and then re-glue them.
The owner decided that as I was doing some other work on the instrument now anyway with the pegs, now was as good a time as any to bite the bullet and tackle the whole job. The instrument also needed a new bridge, as the old one was too wide for the position of the bass bar (a woefully common occurrence when measurements deviate from the standard specs.) The instrument also needed a good clean and some more varnish applying in areas where it had been worn back to bare wood.
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