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I have a Hopf "Student" model from 1974 that needs some attention - a slight crack on the top and possibly a new finish. It was covered with glued-on newspaper when I bought it 30 years ago. I'd like for someone to look at it who has an idea about what could be done. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Re: Classical Guitar repair Lugano area

I'm not a luthier, but I worked with one for many years in the USA. The new finish isn't really an issue, but the crack on the top is definitely going to be a costly repair.

I'm curious, do you have a picture of the guitar, the issue area? I'd also like to see the bridge area.

Unfortunately, many people buy a classical/nylon string guitar but end up stringing steel strings on it which will cause what's called, "pot belly" on the top - exerting more pressure on the bridge causing the whole top to swell, essentially ruining the guitar. I wouldn't be shocked if this guitar had the same issue.
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Re: Classical Guitar repair Lugano area

Hi aixsyd. It never had steel strings on it for as long as I have had it, I don't think the "pot-belly" is an issue, but......
I'll try to upload some pics, maybe that will help show a few things. I'm not looking for a full restoration, just a few issues addressed to make it last a few more years. Thanks.
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It never had steel strings on it for as long as I have had it, I don't think the "pot-belly" is an issue, but......
I'll try to upload some pics, maybe that will help show a few things. I'm not looking for a full restoration, just a few issues addressed to make it last a few more years. Thanks.
The real, and potentially the only, question to worry about is whether it plays properly.

From those pics the 'pot-belly' doesn't look too bad, but if it's raising the action too high it might be fixable by filing down the bridge a little to compensate. I should say I'm no expert on classical guitars, but have had to address these sorts of issues on steel-string guitars over the years.
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Re: Classical Guitar repair Lugano area

The crack is likely caused by the soundboard drying out too much. This may also have caused the neck to warp.

Before doing anything, get a guitar humidifier or some humidity control packs, and get her back up to 45-50% RH.

https://musiccritic.com/equipment/gu...r-humidifiers/

You could DIY the top crack then if so inclined. This guy makes a great top-crack fixing kit, the method is sound but it's not cheap:

https://proluthiertools.com/product/...ack-corrector/


Good luck
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Re: Classical Guitar repair Lugano area

Thanks for the links, I might give it a go. It definitely is dried out and I am giving it some much-needed moisture. I have always enjoyed the tone and quality of the sound, even if I couldn't do the instrument justice.
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I have a Hopf "Student" model from 1974 that needs some attention - a slight crack on the top and possibly a new finish. It was covered with glued-on newspaper when I bought it 30 years ago. I'd like for someone to look at it who has an idea about what could be done. Any suggestions? Thanks
Bring it to me and I'll have a look.

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Bring it to me and I'll have a look.

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Great. Send me a PM and we will work it out.
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