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    Sound adjustment abuse?

    Why is it that some musicians ask for their instrument to be adjusted every four weeks?  Is it really necessary?  

    Sound adjustment does not normally hurt the violin, but sometimes it does.  In this violin I repaired the surface of the top, gluing small strips of spruce to level it.  Here is how the top looked like before.  This damage is caused by the post being moved in a way that forces its edges into the wood.  

    Sometimes, when an instrument is out of adjustment it is often best practice to remove the strings and post, and then put the post back where it should have been.  This is important particularly when the post has been moved several times and it does not apply its pressure evenly, and the edge of the post starts to wear the surface of the top.  

    Players fear that releasing the strings tension may change the sound in such a way that they may not be able to tell what is what anymore.  Repair people are aware of this, and often would rather spend a long time moving the post around in the hope the player will settle for one adjustment or another.  A well adjusted instrument responds easily, it will feel a lot easier to play, you will recognize it.  One should not be afraid to spend the necessary time to seek the ideal adjustment, also one should know that instruments do not go out of adjustment easily.  

    A well adjusted instrument will sound beautifully for a long time.

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    Hmmm I see. This also applies to guitars, right?

    November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLance Morrisey

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