Progress as of May, 2008
The pictures below document
the latest progress on the Gemunder cello back. As you can
see, I've now glued all of the cracks (including a hairline
one next to the big ugly one in the lower bout - that's why
the reinforcements are wider there). I have also now
chalk-fitted and glued in 10 cleats along the center joint.
Because the center joint was a problem before, I elected to
make them a little bigger than usual just to be safe. I
inlaid a reinforcement for the crack at the lower corner
block. Now the repairs on the back are complete except for
retouching which will have to wait until the body is glued
back together. The back now has a clear ringing tap tone
which tells me that it is free of loose cracks or
discontinuities. Now on to the ribs!