Question Hello, I once read in a recent (Aug.,Sept. 2014) article in the Strings magazine. It quested plugged holes in violins. The responder had no answer. The violin showed wood plugged holes located on the side (ribs), near the tailpiece button, and in back of the scroll. I just bought a violin which has the same kind of plugged hole in the top center area of the back (right before the neckpiece starts. What is this. Why was a hole ever their. It seems as if the hole(s) was drill, and plugged back by a wooded peg. The peg doesn't stick out. It fit (may be filed) at the level of the violin's exterior. This specific violin doesn't have any label in the body. I don't know any thing about. I bought it used from a music instrument. They have me a good price because the know nothing of the violin neither.
Answer Hi Eddie,
Thanks for your question. There is no accepted, standard construction or repair method that I'm aware of that would account for the plugs that you are seeing. It's possible that your violin was gouged through at these locations, and the subsequent hole was filled with wood. In the case of a hole below the neck, it could be from a neck repair, where a screw or dowel was used to support the repair. But, I'm afraid that I really can't tell you any more that that. But, if you're happy with how the violin plays, I wouldn't worry about it.
Please Note: For an accurate appraisal of your instrument's value or history, I must advise you to take it to a local luthier or string shop for an evaluation. It's really not possible to do this with any accuracy via email.
However, I am happy to answer other questions about violins, bows, violin playing, and violin/bow repair. I can also talk with you about what bows, rosin, strings, cases, shoulder rests, etc. might work best for you and your particular instrument. (There are some great new products on the market.) I've taught violin and fiddle playing for the past 18 years and will answer questions about playing and technique.
I've been studying the violin for over thirty years. I started teaching in 1996. In addition to my training at Lebanon Valley College and at the Violin Institute, I handle violins, bows, and customer questions of all sorts on a daily basis in my shop - J.S. Fisher Violins, www.fisherviolins.com.
Organizations NAAM, ASTA
Education/Credentials I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Lebanon Valley College, as well as certificates in violin repair, violin maintenance, and bow rehairing from the Violin Institute at the University of New Hampshire.