John Robertson Violin Crack Repair

John Robertson Violin Crack Repair

November 2015

 

This violin has lived 150 years and it shows! There have been several big repairs in its history. Some of the big cracks weren’t cleated at all, so they opened up once the violin was strung up after a long period of inactivity. I took the top off and was able to see that makers signature along the back- unfortunately partially covered by an old repair. But it’s still clear who made it-John Robertson of Aberdeen, and the date- 1863! Here are some photos of the repair.