I have just had a wee girl in for her violin lesson. When she arrived, the violin was badly out of tune, and didn't seem to improve when I tried to tune it! Then, looking at the back, I noticed that where the neck comes out of the body, the back is parting company from the violin. There is a split of about 3 inches from the neck spreading out sideways. It's a Windsor violin, bought from a charity shop (not much money around in the family just now), and I'm wondering if it would be possible to repair it, or whether it would be better to scrap it.
Mum did confess to dropping it yesterday! - but only from a coffee table onto a carpeted floor. But I guess that would be enough for a not very robust instrument.