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Violin Making and Instrument Making Tools

These tools are specifically designed for musical instrument makers.

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Bend-A-Light for Instrument Inspection

Model/Price
16" Bend-A-Light Pro, for illuminating the inside of musical instruments and other hard-to-see areas. Made in the USA. Requires two "AA" batteries (supplied). Item #80-101
$29.00
Krypton Bulb for Bend-a-Light Pro, rated 8 hours. Item #80-101.B
$8.00
  24" Bend-A-Light LED, aluminum, improved switch Item #80-109
$36.00
Replacement LED for 24" Bend-A-Light, rated 50,000 hours. Item #80-109.B
$12.50

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Various Tools

Model/Price
Chin rest key, with aluminum handle. For installing and removing chinrests.
Made in Germany.
Item #80-CNK
$4.75
Inspection mirror for violin/viola, for inspecting the inside of violins and violas Item #80-351
$9.00
Inspection mirror, same as above, slightly larger mirror for cello Item #80-352
$12.00

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Soundpost Tools Soundpost material available here

Model/Price
Sound Post Guage Violin/viola sound post gauge, for measuring the required height for a sound post Item #80-446
$14.50
Cello Sound post gauge, for measuring the required height for a sound post Item #80-447
$18.00
Violin/viola sound post setter, for inserting and positioning the soundpost, stainless steel On-line instructions for inserting a sound post. Item #80-4401
$6.25
Scissor-type violin/viola sound post setter Requires bending to be suitable for use. Item #80-4411
$6.25
Cello sound post setter, for inserting and positioning the soundpost, cello MADE IN USA Item #80-4403
$27.00
Bass soundpost setter, for inserting and positioning the sound post, string bass MADE IN USA Item #80-4404
$34.00
  Violin/Viola sound post setter, Star-shape, for inserting and positioning the soundpost, MADE IN GERMANY Item #80-4402
$21.00
  Sound post setter for small violins, Star-shape, for inserting and positioning the soundpost, MADE IN GERMANY Item #80-4400
$12.50
  Violin/Viola sound post setter, Hammer-shape, for inserting and positioning the soundpost, MADE IN GERMANY Item #80-4421
$21.00
  Cello sound post setter, Hammer-shape, for inserting and positioning the soundpost, MADE IN GERMANY Item #80-4423
$43.00
Bass soundpost setter from Germany Bass soundpost setter, Hammer-shape, for inserting and positioning the sound post, MADE IN GERMANY Item #80-4424
$49.00
Violin/viola sound post retriever, for removing the sound post Item #80-444
$11.00
Cello Sound post retriever, for removing the sound post Item #80-445
$13.00

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Bridge Tools

Model/Price
Violin/viola bridge fitter Item #80-418
$36.00
Cello bridge fitter Item #80-4185
$45.00
Bridge String Spacing Marker

Marks bridge spacing, from 1/8 violin to 4/4 cello.
Item #80-420
$72.00
Cello Bridge foot spreader Item #80-417
$12.00
String lifter, violin/viola

Facilitates removing the bridge to perform adjustments without de-tuning the instrument.
Item #8D-4501
$32.00
String lifter, cello

Facilitates removing the bridge to perform adjustments without de-tuning the instrument.
Item #8D-4502
$42.00

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Various Tools

Model/Price
Endpin/Endbutton holder

Provides a better hold on violin and viola endpins while shaping. Also see our Herdim Tools for knurled brass model.
Item #80-412
$27.50
Heriba Bass machine string winder, plastic. Great time (and wrist) saving tool for re-stringing basses. Item #80-4204
$9.50
Violin neck angle gauge Item #80-419
$11.50
  Adjustable instrument cradle, holds violin while doing repairs to violins and violas Item #80-900
$95.00

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Rib Bending Tools

Model/Price

Ibex Bending Iron
Bending iron, violin/viola/cello/guitar, 120 Volt

Variable heat settings, for bending the ribs (sides). Iron height about 6"-6 1/2"

Please read safety instructions included with the irons, as we can not replace damaged irons that do not follow these rules.
Item #80-429
$199.00
Bending iron, violin/viola/cello/guitar, 220 Volt

As above. 220 Volt, for Europe.
Item #80-429U
$199.00
Bending strap, violin/viola, stainless steel, 5cm x 30cm. For holding behind the rib while bending to reduce chance of cracking. Item #80-4296
$21.00
Bending strap, cello and guitar, stainless steel, 13cm x 46cm. For holding behind the rib while bending to reduce chance of cracking. Item #80-4297
$42.00

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Measuring/Graduating Tools

Model/Price
violin marking caliper Marking Caliper, 23 cm (9"). throat, marks graduations quickly and accurately Item #80-451
$90.00
Dial Graduating Caliper, die cast frame, good for cello and guitar. For measuring the graduations of top and back plates. Metric (1/10 mm accuracy). Item #80-456
$210.00
  Dial Graduating Caliper, die cast frame, as above, but with smaller frame for use with violin and viola only. For measuring the graduations of top and back plates. Item #80-455
$210.00
cello making caliper Mach Dial Graduating Caliper, for cello Item #80-457
$195.00
Hacklinger caliper Hacklinger gauge, version D, 1-12 mm. Uses a magnet to measure the thickness of plates of an instrument while together. Item #8D-4126
$430.00
MAG-ic Probe Electronic Thickness Gauge MAG-ic Probe, Digital thickness gauge

MAG-ic Probe is an Electronic thickness gauge capable of accurately measuring the thickness of any non-ferromagnetic materials. The primary design is geared toward the Luthier industry. Luthiers create custom wooden musical instruments of all types using great skill and craftsmanship. These instruments range from guitars, mandolins, violins, bass and ukelele and most of them rely on specific thicknesses of the wooden plates that make up the top, sides and back of the instrument. Luthiers use their skill an experience to produce a certain voice or tone from these wooden plates. The MAG-ic probe is designed to assist in measuring these critical thicknesses when other tools do not work or are just too cumbersome. MAG-ic Probe provides an easy and affordable tool that can measure the thickness of large plates and is especially useful for measuring thicknesses on fully assembled instruments. Luthiers also find useful information in measuring thicknesses of vintage or classic instruments. MAG-ic Probe uses magnetism to penetrate the material to be measured. A probe is applied to one surface of the plate and a ball is applied to the opposite side. These attract each other and the MAG-ic Probe tool will measure and display the thickness in both mils (1/1000th inch) and milimeters (mm)
Item #80-450
$339.00

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