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Oct 5, 2022 - 8:17:38 AM
2 posts since 10/5/2022

I recently purchased a Glaesel 3/4 violin at a flea market to hang on my wall. It’s a VI30E3. It’s missing the nut. I don’t know what the nut dimensions are. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I can find a nut online that fits? Or know the correct nut dimensions so that I could make one? Although the violin is going to hang on my wall, I would like it to be playable. So I don't want to just hack a "cosmetic" nut out of a piece of wood.

Thanks.

Oct 6, 2022 - 9:01:52 AM
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Earworm

USA

398 posts since 1/30/2018

Ok, I'll jump, since it's quiet over here. It seems like if your "wall hanging" is going to be playable, someone should play it. It's a little hard to tell what your plan is from your comments, but if it inspires you to learn to play, then go for it. But replacing a nut really isn't the kind of thing a typical player would attempt - take it to a luthier. My opinion (if you want it) is that a fiddle needs to be loved for it's voice, not just it's pretty face.

Edited by - Earworm on 10/06/2022 09:04:26

Oct 6, 2022 - 9:57:59 AM

2 posts since 10/5/2022

Hi Donna,

Thanks for the reply. The history here is that although my Dad had a full-time job as an engineer, he would occasionally “jam” with several members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in his spare time. So I guess he was pretty good, or they wouldn’t have let him participate. After he passed away, I asked if I could have his violin. Much to my dismay, she had sold it! So now I just want to have a presentable violin that looks playable, to hang on my wall.

Paul

Oct 6, 2022 - 10:17:51 AM

Erock77

USA

140 posts since 9/3/2022

quote:
Originally posted by Hummy

Hi Donna,

Thanks for the reply. The history here is that although my Dad had a full-time job as an engineer, he would occasionally “jam” with several members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in his spare time. So I guess he was pretty good, or they wouldn’t have let him participate. After he passed away, I asked if I could have his violin. Much to my dismay, she had sold it! So now I just want to have a presentable violin that looks playable, to hang on my wall.

Paul


Hey Paul...I just had one put on my very inexpensive violin and it works great. A luthier can do that pretty easy and it's not going to break you if you're just trying to get playable. Just my two cents. 

Oct 6, 2022 - 10:43:07 AM
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6015 posts since 9/26/2008

Nut is not the hardest thing install on a fiddle if you have some wood skills and the proper glue (hide), but if you have a luthier near by, it's probably best to take it there.

Oct 7, 2022 - 10:14:44 AM
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boxbow

USA

2739 posts since 2/3/2011

Unless you have a specific need for a 3/4 size violin, perhaps it's best used as a wall hanger. I'm certainly sympathetic to those who would like to see it made playable first, and why not, but without a nut it's going to look like a broken, unstrung fiddle.

Oct 7, 2022 - 7:38:43 PM

907 posts since 3/1/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Hummy

I recently purchased a Glaesel 3/4 violin at a flea market to hang on my wall. It’s a VI30E3. It’s missing the nut. I don’t know what the nut dimensions are. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I can find a nut online that fits? Or know the correct nut dimensions so that I could make one? Although the violin is going to hang on my wall, I would like it to be playable. So I don't want to just hack a "cosmetic" nut out of a piece of wood.

Thanks.


The nut has to be fitted to the instrument. You can buy partially shaped nuts, but they still need a lot of adjustment before they can be used. As mentioned above, though, having a new nut put on doesn't cost much at all.

Here is an article that shows how a proper nut is made:

https://trianglestrings.com/violinnut/

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