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Cello Jig

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:09 pm
by Mark Wybierala
I've never attempted major cello assembly repair before. I've reattached necks and repaired separations successfully but now I'm facing an instrument that a bit of a mess. Looks like it spent a few days in the trunk of a hot car last summer.
Long story shortened quite a bit but I'll need to reinstall a top which is something I've never needed to do yet. I'm thinking of a form that'll enable alignment and clamping with the top facing down incorporating fixed alignment of the top, adjustable cams to align the sides and threaded inserts for spool clamps. The neck is not attached.
This will be a slight expense and an effort. I have a fully functional idea in my head on how to create this jig but I'm wondering if there isn't a design out there that maybe creates something more versatile. In my case, the neck is not attached. Does any one of a drawing or design for an alignment and clamping jig that permits the reinstallation of a top with the neck in place which is probably a more common scenario? If I saw some pictures, I could build a more versatile jig. I have another cello that requires top removal. I kinda have an idea but would like to see what others have done.

Re: Cello Jig

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:23 pm
by Fred Battershell
Beg,borrow,or steal a copy of Violin Repair & Restoration by Hans Weisharr & Margaret Shipman. This is generally regarded as the "Bible" of violin type instruments repairing..
There, you will find some good information re: cello repair and related jigs. Warning! This book is insanely expensive(I paid $400) for mine; however a copy should be available from a large university library or even through your local library's inter-loan program.
Hope this helps!

Re: Cello Jig

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:09 pm
by Mark Wybierala
You're not the first to recommend this publication as the holy grail of instruction. The cost is out of my league. I need new tires on my pickup truck. ;) I'm making a jig after looking at a number of ideas using google and asking questions. I got some help from a repair shop. I'll post a picture or two if this thing works.