Trade Secrets: A platform for gluing a broken button


A method that takes the guesswork and uncertainty out of this challenging repair job

By Greg Sapp

Luthier based in Batavia, IL, US

Any form of damage to the area where the neck joins the body is a critical issue for all violin-family instruments. When repairing this damage, in addition to the structural integrity of the neck joint, there are numerous geometric constraints regarding the neck length and its projection. For the purposes of this article, I will only be discussing the actual reattachment of a broken button. My example will be on a violin, but the following procedures can easily be applied to the viola, cello or bass…

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