I was just recently accepted into a graduate program and will be moving to a much smaller space in a new state for at least the next two years in a relatively short amount of time. Sadly, this means my "violin workshop" will have to be shuttered for quite a while.
Unfortunately, due to the way I work, I have at least 4 violins in my inbox without tops attached. Some of the plates are stable (repaired cracks), but others need much work in the way of cleating, etc... I simply don't have the time to repair them before moving. Nor do I really have the time to temporarily glue the tops back on for long-term storage.
I have cases for all the violins, so I had planned on simply putting everything back in the cases, sliding the tops back into position, and securing the tops top to the ribs/back with twine. Finally, packing around the violins so they don't shift around.
Things I'm concerned about:
*Will the ribs/tops deform?
*Will my packing & twine around the violins damage the varnish?
So my question is this: How do I store everything safely for 2+ years?