String Thing V E string folklore

September 1, 2016 at 05:12 PM · E string tests final results.

Basically, some strings did make a difference but, in general, the good results simply faded with time (1-2 weeks).

Actually, most strings did settle differently but not worth making a string change.

It so happens that I have an Infield Blue on right now and it is amazing so far. I would call it a "stage" violin.

Tested:

Oliv

Jargar

WestMinster

Tonica

Lenzer

Pirastro Gold

Evah

Prelude

Zyex

Infield Blue

Black Diamond

Kaplan

Replies (4)

September 1, 2016 at 06:03 PM · Once you find a string you like, you then can experiment with different gauges of that string...

September 1, 2016 at 06:48 PM · My results so far suggest to me that it is very difficult to change the acoustic spectrum of a violin (system) for any long period of time. It is was it is.

I have achieved "miracles" but never for long and I think it takes weeks for a violin to resolve the consequences of changes.

I was once told by some very wise folks that even sounding post changes will warp back to original sound.

Meanwhile I will continue to look for a way to make a really (spectrum) tunable violin. I know it's out there. I suspect that the tailpiece might be useful and it will take very small changes to do the job.

September 1, 2016 at 08:44 PM · Soundpost changes will last as long as the post is in the proper place. The proper placement is dependent upon the climate.

When I lived in Chicago, I needed to get the soundpost adjusted at least once a season.

September 1, 2016 at 10:26 PM · I've also read that the sounding post "sweet spot" is only 0.020" in diameter which is a pretty small target through an "f" hole so I am not convinced about what really goes on.

However, I'm really interested in schemes to significantly change or manipulate the wave shapes of the instruments. ( I bet somebody will say "magnets" :)

Somebody on this thread said that my "improvements" were simply the result of a varied twisting torque on the tail piece. (maybe).



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