Restoration of a violin by Claude A. Miremont, Paris 1856.

Posted on | January 20, 2009 | No Comments|

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This fine French violin made in 1856 by Claude A. Miremont came into the shop a while ago after a terrible accident. I show this as a warning to players who rest their fiddles on chairs! As you can see the back and ribs were badly broken and to a lesser extent the front was also damaged.

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After I carefully pieced the fragments back together and reinforced them inside with a maple patch, the result was almost as good as new. I fitted an ebony “crown” over the button. This replaced an older crown in maple which had been damaged.

(Note: On the left side by the purfling, there is a dark mark which is a small knot in the maple back.)

This repair work is very time consuming and expensive- but it preserves the value of the violin and once again it’s played and enjoyed by it’s long time owner.

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
    792 Gladstone Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario
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    1997 Silver medal for viola in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2010 Bronze medal for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2014 Workmanship award for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2016 Silver Workmanship medal for cello in the VSA Violin Making Competition, USA.

    Member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers and Violin Society of America.

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